Principal Engineer - Climate Models


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Vulcan Inc. is looking for a technical, hands on engineering leader who will help us tackle extremely difficult, long standing challenges in climate modeling.

In addition to direct contributions, this candidate is expected to evaluate a spectrum of proposals, models, and recruit a broader team to execute against this ambitious Climate Modeling Project. At a minimum, this will include experts in climate science, computer science and systems, and Machine Learning.

More broadly speaking, at Vulcan, you’ll join a top-notch technology team that is dedicated to solving some of the world’s toughest problems. Your leadership, analytical and technical skills will make a difference: you will work on projects that are making a real impact on the lives of others.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. MS or PhD degree in Climate Sciences or related technical field – a deep, formal academic background and foundation.
  2. Direct ties to the climate community and thorough understanding of the modeling successes and shortcomings over the decades.
  3. Exposure and experience working with deep, yet broad multi-disciplinary groups (again the trio of climate scientists, computer systems, and ML experts – as a minimum).
  4. Exposure and experience with complex, long term, big bet projects.
  5. Proven track record of delivering solutions and objectively demonstrating progress against challenging problems.
  6. Exceptional collaboration skills and track record – including effective verbal and written communication skills.

 Both Paul and I feel there is real opportunity in this area to make non-trivial advancement, and I think we all feel that breakthroughs in climate modeling and significantly improved outputs could have substantive societal change.  At Vulcan we also wrap initiatives like this with policy, media and film, and broad coalition-building to help the scientific and technical advancements land successfully, and endure.” -- Bill Hilf, Vulcan CEO, a snippet of a communication to a launch event involving some of the world’s top scientists and industry leaders.

Vulcan is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply without regard to race, age, gender, religion, disability, LGBTQ status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

 If you need accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at or your recruiter.

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