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NCAR/EOL's Research Aviation Facility is seeking an entry-level ladder track scientist to conduct independent research on atmospheric processes and work closely with our community of airborne facility users. This is a full-time, 5-year term position with possibility of an extension. This position will be posted until 4:00 p.m. on May 17, 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.
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 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 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.
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 regarding RAF, please vist our website.
To learn more about our scientists and what they do, please refer to the following websites:
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.
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 participate 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 university community.
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 community.
- 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.
- 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 when appropriate.
- Interact with EOL engineers (electrical, optical, mechanical, software), technicians, and project managers on instrument development activities to design better instruments, measurement techniques or data processing algorithms.
- 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.
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 instrumentation.
- 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 laboratory expertise.
- 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.
Successful Applications for this position will include
- Required: A cover letter, resume/CV, and the names of 4 references
- Optional: A 1-2 page statement of research interests
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 pregnancy.
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- Job Location
- Broomfield, Colorado, United States
- Position Type