20-111: Satellite Researcher and Science Coordinator

Updated: 23 days ago
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Working Title 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
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week
Proposed Annual Salary Range commensurate with experience and qualifications
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 08/16/2020
Description of Work Unit

The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) is part of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS). The AWC is located in Kansas City, MO and has a long history of providing operational global aviation weather forecasts and warnings for the NWS, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), industry, and aviators around the globe. The Aviation Weather Testbed (AWT) is co-located with the AWC and supports the transition of aviation research into operations for the NWS, the FAA, and their partners. The AWC and AWT collaborate with universities, governmental forecast centers and research laboratories, FAA organizations, International Meteorological Watch Offices, and other NOAA and NWS organizations. The AWC maintains 24×7 global forecasting and warning operations, and the AWT supports aviation meteorology hazards training, applied research, and transitioning research-to-operations. The AWC and AWT are also actively engaged in supporting the FAA’s NextGen weather initiative in building a 4-Dimensional Weather Data Cube (4-D Cube) that will improve access and accuracy of weather information to support improvements to aviation services in the NextGen era. Activities within the AWT and AWC will play a significant role in the development, testing, and evaluation of NextGen development. The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) is a collaborating partner with the AWC on a number of research projects and activities. CIRA professionals assist the AWC/AWT in supporting, developing, testing, and transitioning aviation weather research into NWS operations.

The NWS Operations Proving Ground (OPG) 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.

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.
Preferred Job Qualifications

Note: Please highlight this qualification in your cover letter.

  • Scientific programming experience in Python.
Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Applied Research
Duty/Responsibility
  • Test and validate proposed new satellite dependent products and decision aids for operational forecasters with an emphasis on exploring the value of advanced satellite derived products for observing or predicting public weather hazards (e.g., convection, ceiling, visibility, snow, etc.) in the NWS WFO environment;
  • Develop and/or document how these satellite dependent products and decision aids may improve the
  • Performance of forecasters by improving forecast and warning accuracy and reducing false alarms.
Percentage Of Time 30%
Job Duty Category Independent Research
Duty/Responsibility
  • Serve as a “Satellite Liaison” at the NWS OPG, leading Satellite Proving Ground efforts on satellite based hazardous weather products and demonstrating the unique value of satellite information to forecasters;
  • Serve as “Implementation Expert” for selected planned satellite products and their proxies;
  • Serve as “Science Coordinator” for the NWS OPG;
  • Participate in routine experimental projects serving as the focal point for all satellite centered activities at the NWS OPG;
  • Train operational forecasters on new and emerging satellite-based techniques and tools,
  • Particularly those proposed to be transferred into NWS WFO operations;
  • Serve, if called upon, as a subject matter expert to the NWS Chief Learning Officer for the development of formal satellite-relate training modules or courses;
  • Provide satellite expertise in the logistical support of any special or field excursion experiments, such as
  • The planned NWS Impact Decision Support Services (IDSS);
  • Coordinate training activities created by the satellite proving ground members and cooperative institutes;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
Percentage Of Time 30%
Job Duty Category Collaborative Research
Duty/Responsibility
  • Contribute to formal scientific publications and/or off-site conferences, symposia, and weather-related outreach events;
  • Develop synergy and shared accomplishments with the Satellite Proving Ground at the Hazardous
  • Weather Testbed (HWT) in Norman, Oklahoma and the Aviation Weather Testbed (AWT) in Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Collaborate with operational partners and product end users (e.g., NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, the GOES-R Program Office, National Weather Service partners);
  • Collaborate with other CIRA and OPG scientists working on similar research projects.
Percentage Of Time 30%
Job Duty Category Documentation and Reporting
Duty/Responsibility
  • Prepare software and system documentation in collaboration with team members;
  • Prepare status reports as required by the project sponsor and CIRA;
  • Prepare and deliver technical talks and presentations as requested.
Percentage Of Time 10%

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. NOTE: In your cover letter, please specifically address the required qualifications of this position. A cover letter that fails to address the qualifications of this position may not be further considered after review by the search committee.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact linn.barrett@colostate.edu
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