CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Senior Space Scientist (Research Associate)

Employer
University of Colorado Boulder
Location
Colorado, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Jun 14, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder has an immediate opening for a Senior Research Scientist supporting NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). This position is for a Senior Space Scientist in NCEI’s Solar and Terrestrial Physics (STP) Group. A team of dedicated scientists within STP works to ensure that current and future space weather sensors on NOAA satellites provide effective operational products for use by the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). STP’s overall responsibilities also include providing access to these environmental data by spacecraft engineers and the scientific community. The Space Scientist will be primarily responsible for ensuring the quality and availability of data from particle instruments on board satellites supported by the NCEI’s STP group including those on GOES, POES, and SWFO.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

https://cires.colorado.edu/

National Centers for Environmental Information website:

https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Perform calibration and validation activities for space particle instruments supported by the STP group.
  • Submit research project proposals and assist with guidance of future STP group work.
  • Present oral and written status reports to NOAA/NASA satellite programs, instrument vendors, and NCEI management and staff.
  • Perform reprocessing of historical space environment data.
  • Conduct science research leading to peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Assist with leadership and supervisory responsibilities within the NOAA-NCEI STP group.


What You Should Know
  • Due to the requirement to access export-controlled data and information, only U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (green cards), or other protected individuals (i.e., persons designated as an asylee, refugee, or a temporary resident under amnesty provisions) may apply.
  • If hired, you will need to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, Federal background check).
  • This position is located at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado.
  • For additional information, please contact Brian Kress (brian.kress@noaa.gov).


What We Can Offer
  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $120,000- $155,000.
  • The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit, and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.


Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Ph.D. in Space Plasma Physics or related field.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience beyond degree.
  • Due to the requirement to access export-controlled data and information, only U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (green cards), or other protected individuals (i.e., persons designated as an asylee, refugee, or a temporary resident under amnesty provisions) may apply.
  • You will be required to successfully complete a federal background clearance process.


What You Will Need
  • Strong algorithm development skills and proficiency in Python and IDL.
  • Ability to conduct scientific research in space physics as an individual researcher and as a part of a larger research team.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, ability to critically review the products of others, and capacity for working in a team environment.
  • Willingness to make short-term trips to NASA GSFC, NOAA-NSOF, or instrument vendor facilities for technical meetings and/or pre-and post-launch activities.
  • A proactive attitude combined with a willingness to work with multiple organizations in order to meet NOAA’s requirements.


What We Would Like You To Have
  • >10 years’ experience in satellite sensor design, algorithm development, and scientific research with space environment data.
  • Expertise in radiation belt and solar energetic particle physics.
  • Proven ability to pursue independent funding for research.
  • Leadership experience working within NOAA/NASA satellite programs.


Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time if you are identified as a finalist for this role.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Please apply by June 17, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Brian Kress

Posting Contact Email: brian.kress@noaa.gov


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