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[Met-jobs] Job Opportunity - Head of FAAM

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Fri, 8 Jan 2016 14:09:51 +0000

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 - 
http://bit.ly/FAAM_Head
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Stephen Mobbs, NCAS Director, 
email: stephen.mobbs@ncas.ac.uk<mailto:stephen.mobbs@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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