20-111: Satellite Researcher and Science Coordinator

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at CSU, NOAA is accepting applications for a Satellite Researcher and Science Coordinator.

 

Date posted

Sep. 4, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 4, 2020 12:00 am

Organization

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at CSU, NOAA

Location

  • United States

Job description

20-111: Satellite Researcher and Science Coordinator

Position Location Kansas City, MO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202000528AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) Operations Proving Ground (OPG) is located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is part of a network of testbed facilities sponsored by the NOAA. These organizations facilitate the orderly transition of applied research capabilities to operational implementation. This transition is accomplished through rigorous developmental testing and pre-deployment evaluation for operational readiness and sustainability. The unique niche filled by the OPG is to represent NWS field offices in the research-to-operations (R2O) process. The OPG facility has developed the capability to configure itself as any NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO), or to emulate operational practices for up to five different WFOs simultaneously. Through the OPG, a new tool, data set, forecast technique, or decision aid can be integrated into a WFO production environment to evaluate whether it adds value to the forecast process with no appreciable negative impact on existing systems and practices. Many of the experiments and evaluations executed by the OPG have focused on application of satellite imagery, data, and products to improve operational analysis and forecasting. The advent of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system (GOES)-R era has resulted in forecasters having near real-time access to satellite data at higher spatial, temporal, and spectral resolutions than ever before. Thus, the opportunity to capitalize on this rich resource, and find ways to fuse these data with other tools to enhance insight and improve decision-making, are manifold.

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) is a collaborating partner with the OPG as part of the Satellite Proving Ground, where both operational and experimental satellite products are tested and evaluated for their capacity to improve NWS operations. CIRA proposes to support the expanding use of satellite-based weather products by placing a CIRA satellite researcher at the NWS OPG in Kansas City, MO.

Position Summary
The individual in this position will report to the AWT Meteorologist/Developer Team Lead and work closely with CIRA researchers, scientists at the NOAA/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)/The Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), the GOES-R Program Office, and the staff at the OPG and provide leadership, satellite expertise, and meteorological support for the Satellite Proving Ground efforts based at the OPG. Specifically the individual in this position will actively pursue the testing of new satellite products and decision aids. This endeavor will entail activities focused on maximizing the forecast value of satellite data and products, particularly activities centered on NWS WFO operations to improve forecast and warning services to the nation. The individual in this position will interact with NWS operational forecasters, NESDIS satellite analysts, academia, and the meteorological research community to prepare and evaluate operational and experimental products for potential integration into NWS WFO operations. The Director of OPG will serve as the Federal Advisor for the individual in this position. Position title of Research Associate II will apply to the finalist with a Bachelor’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, hydrometeorology or a related field and 3 or more years of experience working with meteorological satellite data observations and products as they relate to operational forecasting applications, or a Master’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, hydrometeorology or a related field and at least 1 year of experience working with meteorological satellite data observations and products as they relate to operational forecasting applications. Position title of Research Scientist I will apply to the finalist who possesses a PhD in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, hydrometeorology or a related field plus 1-2 years of experience working with meteorological satellite data observations and products as they relate to operational forecasting applications, and position title of Research Scientist II will apply to the finalist who possesses a PhD in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, hydrometeorology or a related field plus 3 years or more of experience working with meteorological satellite data observations and products as they relate to operational forecasting applications.

Required Job Qualifications
Note: Please detail each of these items in your cover letter.

  • For Research Associate II: Bachelor’s Degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, hydrometeorology or a related field plus 3 or more years of experience working with meteorological satellite data observations and products as they relate to operational forecasting applications, or a Master’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, hydrometeorology or a related field and at least 1 year of experience working with meteorological satellite data observations and products as they relate to operational forecasting applications;
  • For Research Scientist I: PhD in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, hydrometeorology or a related field plus 1-2 years of experience working with meteorological satellite data observations and products as they relate to operational forecasting applications;
  • For Research Scientist II: PhD in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, hydrometeorology or a related field plus 3 years or more of experience working with meteorological satellite data observations and products as they relate to operational forecasting applications;
  • Ability to pass a federal Security Assurance Check because the job is located inside a federal building;
  • Experience working with meteorological satellite observing systems;
  • At least 1 year of experience working on Linux or Unix operating systems;
  • Experience reading, writing, and quantitatively manipulating large geophysical datasets;
  • Good oral and written communication skills and experience working in a team environment;
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the proposed start date; CIRA will not sponsor a visa for this position.

For more details

https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/78546