[ES_JOBS_NET] NCAR Scientist I Job Opening
mnedelka at ucar.edu
Tue Apr 18 15:32:23 MDT 2017
Interested applicants please apply at: https://ucar.silkroad.com/
This is a full-time, 5-year term position with possibility of an extension.
This position will be posted until 4 pm on May 17th 2017 or until a
sufficient number of applications have been received. Thereafter,
applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.
NCAR – Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) – Research Aviation Facility (RAF)
Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy.
UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.
*Overview – “Where You Will Work”*
Formed in 2005, the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is one of the seven
laboratories of NCAR, the National Science Foundation’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
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
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.
EOL's Research Aviation Facility (RAF) is a national resource for the
advancement of airborne research in the geosciences, with a focus on the
safe operation of research aircraft in a wide variety of challenging
sampling environments. RAF has been in operation since 1964, serving the
NSF geosciences community by providing research platforms and expertise in
airborne installations and measurement techniques. The NSF/NCAR C-130 and
Gulfstream V aircraft, together with their available instrumentation, offer
a level of sophistication and operational capabilities that are not
generally available for NSF programs elsewhere.
For more information on EOL, please visit the Join Our Team
This position (office and laboratory space) is based at EOL/RAF at the
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Office space is also available at
Foothills Laboratory if/when needed.
*Position Details – “What You Will Do”*
Conduct independent research with a specialization in airborne measurements
and observations and their application to advancing the understanding of
atmospheric processes that operate at many different scales, from weather
to climate system science. Understand and communicate measurement science
and its application to broad areas of community interest. Work on
independent observational research and participates in collaborative
scientific research and development activities within the Earth Observing
Laboratory’s (EOL) Research Aviation Facility (RAF) and other parts of the
Laboratory, across NCAR, and with the university community. Provide
expertise in areas that complement existing scientific staff in EOL, such
as in airborne measurements of air motion and turbulence. Provide
laboratory and community leadership in developing new areas of research and
new field deployments by working with scientists across NCAR and within the
Travel to the field in support of airborne EOL field deployments.
Contribute to the improvement of data to meet broad community scientific
objectives. Interact with scientists throughout EOL, NCAR, and the broader
community in these field campaigns and airborne instrumentation deployment
activities, contributing extensively to the goals of EOL, NCAR and the
- Conduct basic research on atmospheric processes by: identifying gaps
in our current knowledge of atmospheric processes; skillfully using and
interpreting measurements from a broad suite of airborne instruments to
solve major gaps in our knowledge; developing field measurements to address
these problems; using observational measurements to improve processes in
numerical models; or by developing improved instrumentation to meet future
community needs. Publish results in high quality, peer-reviewed journals.
Present results at scientific conferences.
- As part of the RAF team, provide broad instrumentation support to EOL
airborne field deployments and assists community scientists in planning for
future research campaigns. Travel and participate in field campaigns, as
needed, to carry out this duty, including flying on the NSF/NCAR aircraft
- Interact with EOL engineers (electrical, optical, mechanical,
software), technicians, and project managers on instrument development
activities to design better instruments, measurement techniques or data
- Contribute to RAF, EOL, and NCAR programs through service on various
internal committees (EOL Science Group, NCAR Early Career Science Assembly,
etc.) and education and outreach activities. Is involved in the
professional life of the laboratory, planning future research priorities,
collaborating with other EOL/NCAR scientists, etc.
- Perform external professional service through reviews, participation
on thesis committees, service on professional committees, etc.
- Develop proposals for external funding for scientific activities that
are well aligned with the overall goals of the Laboratory.
*Decision Making & Problem Solving*
- Identifies gaps in our present knowledge of atmospheric processes and
designs experiments to fill in these gaps.
- Identifies and supports activities that contribute to a diverse and
welcoming work environment at the RAF for both staff and visitors.
- Applies scientific judgment and experience in the evaluation of
instrument performance and in the interpretation of field measurements.
- Identifies opportunities for improving existing instrumentations or
data processing algorithms or for new instrumentation development and
contributes to their realization.
- Evaluates strengths and weakness in the scientific capabilities of the
Laboratory and works collaboratively with the Laboratory staff and
administration to improve the processes in the Laboratory.
*Minimum Job Requirements – “What You Need”*
- PhD in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field
- Experience in:
- Post-doctoral research training
- Experience with airborne field deployment data and/or
- Demonstrated record of high-quality publications
- Experience working in a collaborative research environment.
- Willingness to travel to remote field locations for periods of weeks
(typically 3-4 weeks) 1-2 times per year, and willingness/ability to fly on
NSF/NCAR research aircraft.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality independent research in
observational atmospheric sciences
- Demonstrated record of publications in high-quality journals and oral
presentations at major scientific conferences
- Knowledge of appropriate mathematical techniques and software
applications necessary for high quality research
- Knowledge of airborne instrumentation that complements existing
- Ability to work well in an interdisciplinary team
- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
- Experience and skill in the deployment of field instruments as part of
collaborative airborne field campaigns
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal
opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to
develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing
equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does
not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion,
national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status,
genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or
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Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to
inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects
the uniqueness of all members of our organization.
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