[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Engineer -design, calibration and characterization of phased array antennas, NCAR (Boulder, CO)

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Aug 28 06:46:59 MDT 2014



Research Engineer - Level I or II

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Job Description

    *PLEASE NOTE*: This is a new, full-time, term position at level I or
    II, with the rank and title of the position to be determined by the
    qualifications of the successful candidate. Initial consideration
    will be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. (MDT) on
    Friday, September 12, 2014. Thereafter, applications will be
    reviewed on an as-needed basis.

    NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL)

    Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR's relocation policy

    If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.)
    to fill this position.

    The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Earth Observing
    Laboratory (EOL) seeks a full-time Research Engineer (level TBD)
    with experience in the design, calibration and characterization of
    phased array antennas. This position will join a team of scientists,
    engineers and technicians to develop the next generation airborne
    phased array radar (APAR) on board the National Science Foundation
    (NSF)/NCAR C-130 aircraft. APAR applies state-of-the-art phase array
    radar technology to atmospheric science to address key scientific
    questions on severe weather, tropical cyclone, and climate change.

    The mission of EOL is to provide leadership in observing facilities
    and field project support as well as research and data services
    needed to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth
    system.  EOL manages the majority of NSF's Lower Atmospheric
    Observing Facilities (LAOF) and deploys them in support of
    observational field campaigns, ranging from single investigator
    projects to large complex campaigns that involve multiple
    investigators, agencies, and platforms, nationally and
    internationally. An integral part of EOL's mission is to develop the
    next generation of LAOF and to provide management and archiving of
    data from past supported campaigns.

    *BASIC JOB FUNCTION*: Conducts independent and collaborative
    original research to provide engineering leadership as a member of
    the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) team; designs and develops
    state-of-the-art antennas and radio frequency (RF) circuitry for use
    in advanced phased array radars (PAR) in support of atmospheric
    research; fosters a culture of engineering excellence and
    collaboration through interactions with colleagues in the phased
    array radar community; establishes a robust engineering research
    program that aligns with EOL and NCAR strategic goals, particularly
    in the area of phased array radars.


    Conducts independent and collaborative research in the area of
    phased array antennas and associated RF circuitry related to the
    APAR development. Publishes research results in national and
    international peer-reviewed journals. Interacts and collaborates
    with external phased array radar experts. Develops proposals with
    the APAR team to secure funding for phased array radar-related

    Applies advanced technical knowledge of electromagnetic theory and
    uses independent evaluation and innovation to design and develop
    high performance phased array antennas and associated RF circuitry,
    e.g., transmit/receive (TR) modules. Characterizes and calibrates
    phased array radar systems, and assists in integrating an airborne
    application of PAR on to the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft. Produces
    internal and external documentation on developed phased array radar

    Prepares EOL radars for deployment to field projects. Calibrates,
    troubleshoots and supports instrumentation in the field during field
    operations. Directs technicians' work as necessary to accomplish
    these tasks.

    Provides engineering input for setting EOL and NCAR priorities and



    Education and Experience:

      * Ph.D. or an equivalent combination of education and experience
        in Electrical Engineering or Physics.
      * Three to six years' experience in design, development and
        characterization of microstrip patch antenna and/or phased array
      * Experience in writing proposals.

    Other Requirements:

      * Willingness to travel up to approximately 90 days per year, but
        typically no more than 30 days per trip to support scientific
        field projects.
      * Willingness to fly on research aircraft or sail on research ships.
      * Must pass required flight physical and other required training
        to fly on a research aircraft.
      * Must have valid driver's license.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

      * Proven expertise in the design, development and characterization
        of microstrip patch antennas and/or phased array antenna.
      * Expert knowledge of electromagnetic theory.
      * In-depth knowledge of engineering theory and techniques as they
        apply to radar systems.
      * Ability to conceive and implement system and hardware design of
        electronic instrumentation.
      * Experience with computer aided design software for electronics,
        including schematic capture and printed circuit board layout.
      * Ability to apply advanced mathematical and technical knowledge.
      * Proven expertise in the use of advanced RF simulation tools,
        e.g. HFSS.
      * Experience with MATLAB or IDL or equivalent tools.
      * Skilled in using test and measurement equipment including
        oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and
        microwave network analyzers.
      * Able to operate personal computers running Windows, Mac OS X,
        and/or Linux, and use word processing, spreadsheet, and
        presentation software.
      * Sound Project Management skills to plan project schedules, track
        progress and direct technical staff.
      * Excellent written and oral communication skills.
      * Proven results in writing proposals to secure external funding.
      * Knowledge of current technical trends and developments.
      * Proven ability to work well in teams of people from different
        disciplines and cultures.

    *DESIRED (but not required)*:

      * Experience with polarimetric radar.

    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is
    an*equal opportunity employer*
    <http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf>. We
    evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
    religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
    sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran

Job Location
    Boulder, Colorado, United States
Position Type

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