NESDIS Associate Scientist III
Boulder, CO 
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Location: NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO.

Position Term: One year term with the possibility for extension.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until a sufficient number of applicants are received.

Relocation: Partial relocation provided.

Work Authorization: No Visa/Immigration support provided.

Salary:
Hiring Range: $78,406 - $98,008
Full Salary Range: $78,406 - $98,008 - $127,410

Benefits: UCAR affirms its continuing commitment to developing, providing, and administering its employee benefit programs with due consideration for equal employment opportunity and diversity guidelines. UCAR's rich package of employee benefits includes medical, dental, vision, education assistance, retirement, and life insurance. UCAR offers a variety of programs designed to assist with work-life balance including flexible work alternatives, paid time off and 14 weeks of paid parental leave.

Where You Will Work:

The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS-pronounced: see-pass), under the UCP, provides an extensive portfolio of placement, management, and organizational services for the broad Earth System Science community. CPAESS develops innovative solutions to complex scientific challenges, advances research capacity, and fosters community collaborations.

CPAESS provides professional development, training, and research opportunities for early career to expert scientists. The CPAESS community includes placements at prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, short- and long-term appointments at US Federal research labs and institutions, research internships, and summer school opportunities for graduates and postdoctoral scientists. These research and training opportunities provide mentoring and career advancement; lifelong collaboration through program alumni networks; and the advancement of science worldwide through university, federal, state, municipal level, and private sector partnerships. CPAESS employees and sponsors collectively work toward advancing scientific research for the benefit of society.

Where You Will Work:

The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS-pronounced: see-pass), under the UCP, provides an extensive portfolio of placement, management, and organizational services for the broad Earth System Science community. CPAESS develops innovative solutions to complex scientific challenges, advances research capacity, and fosters community collaborations.

CPAESS provides professional development, training, and research opportunities for early career to expert scientists. The CPAESS community includes placements at prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, short- and long-term appointments at US Federal research labs and institutions, research internships, and summer school opportunities for graduates and postdoctoral scientists. These research and training opportunities provide mentoring and career advancement; lifelong collaboration through program alumni networks; and the advancement of science worldwide through university, federal, state, municipal level, and private sector partnerships. CPAESS employees and sponsors collectively work toward advancing scientific research for the benefit of society.

What You Will Do:

This position will utilize ionospheric radio occultation data from the COSMIC-2 satellite constellation to improve the specification and forecasting of ionospheric scintillation. Ionospheric scintillation refers to the rapid modification of radio waves caused by small-scale structure in the ionosphere, which degrades the accuracy of space-based positioning, navigation, and timing. COSMIC-2 is a six-satellite constellation launched on June 25, 2019 to low-Earth orbit. COSMIC-2 makes radio-occultation measurements using signals from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS and GLONASS. COSMIC-2 also makes in-situ measurements of the ionosphere. The incumbent will use the measurements from COSMIC-2 together with ground-based GNSS measurements and numerical models to develop improved techniques for specifying and forecasting the occurrence of ionospheric scintillation. It is desired that this research will lead to improved ionospheric services at the Space Weather Prediction Center. The research will involve collaboration with scientists at the Space Weather Prediction

Center, the University of Colorado, the National Centers for Environmental Information, and NCAR.

This position will be located at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO.

Responsibilities

  • Develop methods to integrate COSMIC-2 measurements with an existing numerical model based on the Rate of TEC Index (ROTI) proxy technique.
  • Develop methods to aggregate the multi-satellite measurements to obtain a near-real-time specification of the location and intensity of ionospheric scintillation.
  • Verify the consistency of the COSMIC-2 scintillation measurements with ground-based measurements.
  • Investigate the use of other space-based and ground-based measurements to improve the specification and forecasting of ionospheric scintillation.
  • Quantitatively assess the accuracy of scintillation products and define a path to implement advances into operational products.
  • Write manuscripts for peer-review and present findings in scientific settings.

The above statements describe the primary work being performed. Additional tasks may be assigned from time to time.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

REQUIRED:

Bachelor's degree in space physics or a related discipline plus three to five years of experience as an Associate Scientist II (or equivalent position); or equivalent education and experience.

Evidence of scientific productivity through peer-reviewed publications, scientific presentations, or other products.

DESIRED:

PhD or Master's degree in space physics or a related discipline.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

REQUIRED:

* Well-developed knowledge ofionospheric physics and plasma irregularities.

* Strong understanding of data analysis techniques for observational data.

* Strong ability to work independently.

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

* Ability to travel to attend scientific meetings and workshops.

* Proven understanding of scientific programming (e.g., Python, IDL, Matlab, etc.)

DESIRED:

* Experience and skill working with satellite observations

* Well-developed skill working with a variety of operating systems and environments including Windows and Linux

* Well-developed skill with programming languages (e.g., C++, Java, Fortran, etc.)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance requirements.
  • A pre-employment screening is conducted in conjunction with an offer for employment. This screening may involve verifying or reviewing any of the following relevant information: restricted parties screening, employment verification, performance records of internal candidates, education verification, reference checks, verification of professional licenses, certifications, and Motor Vehicle Records. UCAR complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Please note that while the position description details both minimum requirements as well as desired skills and experience, we want to remind applicants that you do not need to have all the desired skills and experience to be considered for this role. If you have the passion for the work along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest.

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.

 

Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 to 5 years
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