[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Scientist or Engineer Manager, NCAR – Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) – In-Situ Sensing Facility (ISF), Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Jul 25 12:31:34 MDT 2016

*Research Scientist or Engineer Manager*

*PLEASE NOTE: *This is a full-time position.  Initial consideration will 
be given to applications received prior to 4:00 p.m. on August 9th 2016, 
or until a sufficient number of applications have been received. 
Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Interested applicants can apply at: 

NCAR – Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) – In-Situ Sensing Facility (ISF)

Relocation benefits are provided for this position.

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 
U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.  UCAR/NCAR will not 
sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research's Earth Observing 
Laboratory (EOL) seeks candidates for a ladder-track Level III or Senior 
Scientist or Research Engineer Section Head position, with the level and 
track to be determined based upon the qualifications of the successful 
candidate and the outcome of the ladder-track appointment review process.

Formed in 2005, the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is one of the seven 
laboratories of NCAR, the National ScienceFoundation’s Federally Funded 
Research and Development Center. As the successor of NCAR’s Atmospheric 
Technology Division (ATD), the mission of EOL is to provide leadership 
in observing facilities, 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 Atmosphere 
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. EOL deploys its systems for 
research by scientists from universities, NCAR, and government agencies, 
as well as for education. 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. In order to ensure 
progress in the atmospheric sciences, EOL supports a wide-range of 
research areas within the Earth system science, ranging from microscale 
to mesoscale to climate process studies, and employs LAOF platforms and 
systems that reach from the surface of the Earth to the lower 
stratosphere and beyond.

This position manages the In-situ Sensing Facility (ISF) in EOL, 
conducts original research, and reports to the EOL Director.  ISF 
provides measurements made directly in the environment as well as 
profiling measurements of the lower atmosphere. Measurements are made 
in-situ at the earth's surface, on towers, on balloons, and on packages 
dropped from aircraft. Remote profiling measurements are made using 
vertically pointing radar, lidar and acoustic sensors. The Facility aims 
to serve the advanced observational needs of the atmospheric 
science community by providing a flexible, state-of-the-art backbone 
measurement capability applicable to a wide range of experimental needs 
- emphasizing advanced sensor capabilities, sensor integration, system 
mobility, and the ability to deploy to remote or difficult locations.  
ISF has three groups: The Surface Group focuses on systems to measure 
the surface layer, surface energy budget and surface properties, deploys 
the ISFS (Integrated Surface Flux System) and CentNet facilities, and 
operates the EOL Calibration Laboratory. The Sounding Group focuses on 
sensors dropped from aircraft and balloons, as well as their associated 
data systems and deploys the AVAPS Dropsonde System on the NSF/NCAR 
HIAPER (GV) and C-130 aircraft, managed at RAF. The Atmospheric 
Profiling Group focuses on instruments to profile the atmosphere, 
particularly radar wind profilers, radiosonde soundings and basic 
surface measurements, and deploys the ISS (Integrated Sounding System).

For more information on EOL, please see https://www.eol.ucar.edu/

For more information on the ladder track appointment process for NCAR, 
see NCAR's Scientific and ResearchEngineering Appointments Criteria 
<https://www2.fin.ucar.edu/sites/default/files/u544/Appointment%20Criteria%204may10%20-%20with%20tables%20updated%20June%202013.pdf> and 
NCAR's Scientific and Research Engineering Appointments procedures 



Provide scientific leadership and management of EOL’s In Situ Sensing 
Facility (ISF) in its deployment and development of a suite of in situ 
and profiling instruments to support field observations for atmospheric 



Scientific and technical leadership and administrative oversight of the ISF:

  * Establish goals, priorities, and strategies for ISF in implementing
    the EOL and NCAR Strategic Plans.
  * Manage the ISF personnel, budget, and supervise key employees.
  * Oversee the management of the existing observing systems and the
    preparation of those systems for worldwide field deployments.
  * Address institutional priorities for the workplace, including
    attention to workplace safety, workforce diversity and to staff
    career development and mentoring.
  * Anticipate future field-support needs, lead strategic planning at
    the Facility level, and contribute to future planning at the
    Laboratory and the Center level.

Scientific and/or technical research

  * Conduct a personal research program, leading to publications, with
    an appropriate focus on scientific and/or technical areas related to
    ISF interests.
  * Encourage and mentor research activities of ISF staff.
  * Contribute to community service as expected of a professional member
    of the science community via manuscript and proposal reviews and
    through committee, panel, and other service functions within and
    outside EOL and NCAR.

Community interactions:

  * Interact with potential users of facilities to assist them in
    planning for and understanding the feasibility of potential uses of
    ISF facilities.
  * Interact with appropriate segments of the scientific and technical
    communities to remain knowledgeable regarding scientificemphases and
    technological developments of relevance to ISF.
  * Interact with NSF program officers and others in federal agencies in
    connection with the ISF program and how that program supports NSF
    and other-agency research.
  * Promote EOL R&D activities and facility capabilities within
    scientific communities abroad.
  * Promote education in observational approaches to atmospheric
    science and in instrumentation.


  * Oversee and promote development of new capabilities, expand
    measurement frontiers by advancing the integration of EOL’s
    ground-based measurements for boundary-layer research, and develop
    capabilities in new areas such as the use of Unmanned Aircraft
    Systems (UAS) in support of atmospheric research.
  * Encourage and establish development partnerships within and outside
    of EOL and NCAR.
  * Seek external funding sources to complement resources for
    development within the facility.

Broader roles in the management of the laboratory and the community:

  * Participate in laboratory-wide management activities by working with
    the EOL Director and other members of the EOL Management Council (EMC).
  * Participate in the Laboratory-level planning, prioritization and
    allocation of resources.
  * Provide information needed by EOL to meet reporting and planning
    requirements of the Laboratory.

Liaison Role:

  * As a member of the EOL Management Council, guide and shape EOL
    priority and strategy plans.

  * As a member of the NCAR Director's Committee and UCAR Management
    Forum, help shape the organization’s agenda and participate in
    leadership decisions.
  * Coordinate plans and activities with other NCAR Facilities and
    Laboratories, and outside organizations.
  * Work with NSF and other outside partners to establish common
    priorities and meet program objectives.
  * Form strategic partnerships and collaborations with appropriate
    groups in the public and private sectors, both nationally and
  * Work with University and other outside investigators to ensure
    effective field project planning and execution.



*Education and Experience:*

  * PhD in physical science or engineering.
  * At least 10 years of experience in the use or development of
    advanced instrumentation for studies of the atmosphere.
  * Some experience, either as a Principal Investigator or in a support
    role, in field experiments conducted by collaborative
    multi-institution projects in atmospheric science.
  * Scientific recognition and management experience commensurate with a
    leadership role of a facility-level group.

(Alternately, an equivalent combination of the above education and 

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