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[Met-jobs] NCAR: Research Scientist or Engineer Manager (16381)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:49:43 +0000

Please advertise this position, interested applicants can apply at:

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 9th2016, 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) – In-Situ Sensing Facility (ISF)

Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy.

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 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 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

For more information on the ladder track appointment process for NCAR, see 
NCAR's Scientific and Research Engineering Appointments 
 and NCAR's Scientific and Research Engineering Appointments 


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 research.


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 
  *   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 scientific emphases 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 
  *   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 internationally.
  *   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 experience)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  *   Expertise in scientific and technical aspects of observational science 
and atmospheric measurements, in particular of in situ and profiling 
  *   A documented record of excellence in scientific and/or technical 
accomplishments in an area related to ISF’s mission.
  *   Familiarity with atmospheric science field experiments and with the 
deployment of observational facilities in support of such experiments.
  *   Demonstrated skill in the administration of budgets, in the management of 
scientific and technical personnel, and in the planning and execution of large 
  *   Good ability to communicate orally and in writing and to make 
presentations to audiences of various sizes.
  *   Strong team-leadership skills and ability to work in a team. Demonstrated 
tact and diplomacy in interactions with colleagues and in the supervision of 
employees. A collegial relationship with those in the potential user community.

Decision Making and Problem Solving:

  *   Personnel
  *   Setting research, development, and deployment priorities
  *   Budget and resource allocation

Desired but Not Required:

  *   Experience in instrumentation of UAS.
  *   Experience in securing funding by writing grant proposals.

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.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University 
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.

Macy Nedelka

Recruiting Coordinator


National Center for Atmospheric Research

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research<>

PO Box 3000

Boulder, CO  80307

(303) 497-8723<tel:%28303%29%20497-8723> Office

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