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Senior Research Scientist

Agency: National Environment Agency
Job no.: SRS/CCRS/DWR/14012021
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Others, Research and Analysis, Sciences (e.g. life sciences, bio-technology etc.)

Formed on 1 July 2002, the National Environment Agency (NEA) is the leading public organization responsible for improving and sustaining a clean and green environment in Singapore.

The NEA develops and spearheads environmental initiatives and programmes through its partnership with the People, Public and Private sectors. It is committed to motivating every individual to take up environmental ownership and to care for the environment as a way of life.

By protecting Singapore's resources from pollution, maintaining a high level of public health and providing timely meteorological information, the NEA endeavours to ensure sustainable development and a quality living environment for present and future generations.


Senior Research Scientist

The Centre for Climate  Research Singapore (CCRS) is a division of the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). At CCRS, our mission is to advance scientific understanding of tropical climate variability and change and its associated weather systems affecting Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region, so that the knowledge and expertise can benefit decision makers and the community. Our vision is to be a world leading centre in tropical climate and weather research focusing on the Southeast Asia region.


CCRS has an exciting opportunity for someone to join our team to contribute to our Data Assimilation (DA) activities. CCRS’s Department of Weather Research (DWR) develops and maintains the in-house ‘SINGV’ Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) system – a km-scale, tropical application of the Unified Model (UM). The focus for SINGV NWP is the forecasting of local weather in the Singapore and surrounding region from hours to 1-2 days, particularly heavy rainfall due to localised convection and squalls. In this environment DA is a key, but challenging activity given the fast scales and nonlinear processes at play. As a UM partner, CCRS is involved in active collaborations with international partners including the Met Office, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Korean Meteorological Administration and others with expertise in tropical, high-resolution weather prediction. Current areas of research include ‘hybrid’ ensemble-variational DA, impacts of particular observation types e.g. aircraft, satellite data, and development of next-generation DA systems to prepare for new High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructures and applications e.g. urban DA.


The specific job responsibilities of this position include:

  • Under the oversight of the Weather Modelling Development (WMD) Branch Head, conduct novel research and development of high-resolution, tropical SINGV DA capabilities.
  • Contribute towards the evaluation of SINGV DA improvements through diagnostic studies and NWP trials to assess performance impact.
  • Collaborate with other scientists at CCRS focused on improving performance of the SINGV NWP system;
  • Presentation of scientific results at internal, national and international meetings.
  • Publication of the research in peer-reviewed publications.
  • Developing network of collaborators in national and international DA community.


Candidate Requirements

  • PhD in atmospheric DA (or equivalent research experience in meteorology, oceanography, mathematics or physics);
  • At least 3 years post graduate experience in atmospheric DA R&D;
  • Strong skills in scientific computing relevant to DA applied in research and operational NWP;
  • Demonstrate ability to undertake research work both individually and as part of a team;
  • Proven record of success as a researcher as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Interest and passion to deliver relevant DA R&D for societal benefits through operational NWP.
  • Ability to network effectively with the local and international research community.
  • Ability to work to deadlines as part of a diverse team.
  • Ability to engage and communicate with scientists and stakeholders from diverse communities.


Applicants will be updated on the status of their applications within 4 weeks of the closing date of this job posting

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