[ES_JOBS_NET] Job Opportunity - Head of FAAM, University of Leeds

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Tue Jan 12 08:20:27 MST 2016


*Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM)*

*Head of Facility*

Location: Cranfield

Employer: University of Leeds

Salary: £47,801 to £55,389 per annum (University of Leeds Grade 9)

The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) has been 
established as a joint facility of the Natural Environment Research 
Council (NERC) and Met Office in order to provide users with access to 
the FAAM BAe 146 large Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA). FAAM 
(www.faam.ac.uk <http://www.faam.ac.uk>) serves the atmospheric research 
communities of the UK Universities, Met Office and NERC.

The ARA is a highly modified BAE-146 aircraft, equipped with a wide 
range of instrumentation for observing the physics and chemistry of the 
atmosphere. The aircraft was purchased by NERC from BAE Systems in April 
2014. Operation of the aircraft is contracted out to Directflight Ltd, 
with BAE Systems continuing to be overall provider of aircraft services. 
The ARA is based at Cranfield University. NERC and Cranfield have 
recently strengthened their cooperation and as a result, the ARA has new 
hangar facilities. New laboratory and workshop facilities have recently 
been created alongside the hangar and work is just beginning on building 
a new office facility. The new FAAM offices will share the building with 
a new Cranfield Centre for Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions 
Technology, with which it is expected that close collaboration will develop.

The Head of FAAM will provide the management of this key national and 
international research aircraft facility. In addition to leading the 
operational management of the facility, the role will involve promoting 
the usage of the aircraft by the UK atmospheric science community, 
encouraging the development of new instrumentation for use on the 
aircraft and fostering national and international collaboration. The 
management role includes direct responsibility for a team of 25 
scientists, engineers, technical specialists and administrators. It also 
crucially includes ensuring that the scientific needs of the user 
community are efficiently and safely translated into technical and 
regulatory developments of the aircraft and its instruments. The role 
will therefore require an ability to deal convincingly with a wide range 
of external stakeholders, including the science community, the aircraft 
operator and the engineers with responsibility for approving requests 
for certification.

*/This opportunity is open to NERC and Met Office employees and 
core-funded NCAS staff. /*

For further information and to apply, please follow this link - 

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Stephen Mobbs, NCAS 
Director, email: stephen.mobbs at ncas.ac.uk <mailto:stephen.mobbs at ncas.ac.uk>

Closing Date: Sunday 31 January 2016. Interviews are likely to take 
place on Tuesday 16 February 2016 in Leeds.

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