[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Engineer -design, calibration and characterization of phased array antennas, NCAR (Boulder, CO)
christin at ucar.edu
Thu Aug 28 06:46:59 MDT 2014
Research Engineer - Level I or II
*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
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.
* Willingness to travel up to approximately 90 days per year, but
typically no more than 30 days per trip to support scientific
* 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
* 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,
* 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
* 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*
evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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