Job Summary

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) is an operational climate services center supported primarily by a federal contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Its primary role is to provide historical and near-real-time climate data through informational resources that can be applied to a broad range of decision-making stakeholders. Online data monitoring, delivery, and decision-support tools are the most visible means of communicating climate services throughout the 9-state MRCC region that includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.


Stakeholder engagement is critical for the MRCC to continually meet the climate services needs of the region, promote climate data resources and information, and solicit ideas for how the MRCC can continually improve its stakeholder support.  Applied climate research and monitoring by the MRCC helps support the evolving understanding of the regional climate and its impacts on society.


Under the guidance of the MRCC / Indiana State Climate Office Director, you will build scientific decision-support and informational tools, modify and enhance pre-existing code and scripts at the MRCC, and work with climate data for the MRCC website, presentations, and relevant reports.  You will also contribute to the development of figures and diagrams, perform statistical data analysis, and contribute to other computational needs within the MRCC. Additional duties will include:


  • Create and/or modify programming and visualization code that can manipulate atmospheric and environmental datasets (both gridded and station/point).
  • Create climatologically relevant figures and diagrams using atmospheric and environmental datasets
  • Perform statistical analyses on atmospheric and environmental data using statistical software and programs
  • Contribute to the technical / scientific reports for service and / or research projects as needed
  • Help support website development and design



  • Bachelor’s degree in either an atmospheric or computer science discipline
  • 4 years of relevant experience with at least (1) of those years working with observational scientific data that utilized statistical and exploratory data analysis skills
  • Development of online tools and/or resources that utilized observational scientific data
  • Demonstrated ability to follow and/or develop deadlines and follow through in timely and efficient manner
  • Contribute to overall project deliverables



  • Master’s degree in atmospheric science or related discipline
  • 3 years of experience working with observational atmospheric data that utilized statistical and exploratory data analysis skills
  • Development of online tools that utilize data access routines (e.g., APIs) and JSON, GRIB, and netCDF formats
  • Experience with JavaScript libraries like HighCharts or Tableau and Tablesorter
  • Webpage development
  • GIS Server skills
  • MySQL (or SQL) database experience

Additional Information:

  • This posting represents 2 vacancies
  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/3DH3z6f
  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position.
  • A background check will be required for employment.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.