Weather Science Research Lead

Seattle, Washington


The Climate Corporation leads the industry in providing digital agriculture solutions for growers to manage their data, as well as to derive insights from their data for maximizing productivity, efficiency and sustainability.  We are seeking an exceptional candidate to organize and lead a small Weather Science research team. This role will be responsible for prioritizing and developing a research plan combining existing and novel efforts into a coherent research program focused on incorporating all key aspects of atmospheric science, agronomic practices and environmental characteristics. The successful candidate will be responsible for guiding a team of science experts who can combine atmospheric, environmental and management data using novel modeling frameworks and approaches to improve our understanding of agriculturally limiting factors.

What You Will Do:

  • Exploratory data analysis, data cleaning & processing
  • Directed and/or independent research to test scientific hypotheses
  • Engage with diverse research groups to understand their models and products and develop solutions to meet their data needs
  • Evaluate the limitations of existing data sources and provide  recommendations to address unmet data needs
  • Undertake written & verbal communication with stakeholders in various parts of the organization
  • Lead a team focused on both integrating existing models and developing new models; work collaboratively with partner teams to maximize the use of genetic, environmental, and grower management data assets
  • Actively contribute to efforts to understand the prospective value of R&D projects in ways that can support portfolio review processes and financial forecasting; track and maintain portfolio of projects and capabilities against company pipeline/portfolio processes
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and key science stakeholder to respective counterparts in other business units, including Product, Engineering, and Commercial/Marketing
  • Contribute thought leadership, helping establish/execute on the team’s research agenda
  • Clearly and effectively communicate research vision, strategy, and outcomes to key stakeholders both internally and externally

Active areas of research

  • Analysis and interpretation of observations (e.g. satellite, weather stations, radar), and third party products (climate indices, reanalyses, seasonal outlooks)
  • Ensemble reconstruction of historical weather from multiple proxies
  • Multivariate spatio-temporal stochastic processes
  • A combination of physical and statistical models, including statistical forecast calibration and downscaling
  • Numerical weather prediction, data assimilation, mesoscale meteorology,  ensemble forecasting

Basic Qualifications:

  • MS in a quantitative science discipline (e.g.atmospheric sciences, physics, applied mathematics) paired with experience in data science or computationally intensive research
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse weather data, including a high level of expertise with soils and other environmental data
  • At least 5 years of post-degree work experience, including industry experience involving management of research programs and at least 1 year of people management experience
  • Demonstrated experience translating complex technical concepts to collaborators, decision makers, and non-technical audiences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Computer Science, High-Dimensional Statistics, Applied Math or other physical science involving computationally intensive research
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability and inclination to work in multi-disciplinary environments, and desire to see ideas realized in practice
  • Strong drive to learn new topics and skills and to develop innovative products for our customers
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

What We Offer:  

Our teams are composed of industry experts, top scientists, and talented engineers. The environment is extremely engaging and fast-paced, with dozens of specialties coming together to provide the best possible products and experiences for our customers.

We provide competitive salaries and some of the best perks in the industry, including:

  • Superb medical, dental, vision, life, disability benefits, and a 401k matching program
  • A stocked kitchen with a large assortment of snacks & drinks to get you through the day
  • Encouragement to get out of the office and into the field with agents and farmers to see first-hand how our products are being used
  • We take part and offer various workshops, conferences, meet-up groups, tech-talks, and hackathons to encourage participation and growth in both community involvement and career development

We also hinge our cultural DNA on these five values:

  • Inspire one another
  • Innovate in all we do
  • Leave a mark on the world
  • Find the possible in the impossible
  • Be direct and transparent

Learn more about our team and our mission:

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