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CIRES/ NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, Space Weather/ Ionosphere Data Scientist

Requisition Number:

39768

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Date Posted:

08-Jun-2022

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CU CIRES) invites applications for a full-time Associate Scientist position at NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The successful applicant will work to evaluate the influence of commercial radio occultation data on the quality of SWPC ionospheric models, products, and services.

SWPC is involved in NOAA’s Commercial Data Program (CDP) and Space Weather Data Pilot (SWDP), which will assess the viability of commercial radio occultation (RO) data in SWPC’s space weather specifications and forecasts. Products derived from the radio occultation data include ionospheric total electron content, electron density profiles, scintillation amplitude, and scintillation phase. The goal of this effort is to compare the data products obtained from the commercial vendor-provided radio occultation satellites with ground-based and space-based environmental measurements, to compare with output from SWPC’s numerical models, to test the ingest of the vendor-provided products in SWPC’s models, and to participate in the development of new ionosphere products.

The successful candidate will work with a team at SWPC to acquire and manage the ionospheric radio occultation data products from multiple vendors, acquire and manage data from numerous world-wide ground-based and space-based sources, compare the vendor-provided radio occultation products with environmental data and model output, participate in the improvement of existing products and the creation of new products, and draft reports that address the viability of the commercial data for space weather products.

This project will have a duration of one year, with a possibility of renewal for a second year depending on performance and availability of funds.


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

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, 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.

As part of NOAA's National Weather Service, the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) - www.swpc.noaa.gov - operates 24/7 to provide real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events, which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation, and other technological systems. SWPC customers include the general public, industry, and government agencies.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Evaluate the influence of the commercial radio occultation data on the quality of ionosphere models and products.
  • Quantitatively compare the commercial radio occultation data products with satellite measurements (i.e., GNSS RO and in-situ plasma density), ground-based measurements (i.e., ionosonde soundings, GNSS TEC, S4, and sj), and numerical model output.
  • Develop software tools that conduct periodic checks of the data products being provided.
  • Document the suitability of the commercially available ionospheric data products for space weather specification and forecast products.

What You Should Know

  • Access to the NOAA Federal Center and computer facilities is necessary to perform the work of this position. Access is not available for individuals working in the United States through a visa and therefore we are unable to consider applications from individuals on a visa or requiring visa sponsorship for this position.
  • This project will have a duration of one year, with a possibility of renewal for a second year depending on performance and availability of funds.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.
  • Selected finalists will be required to pass a federal background check for site access.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $60,000 - $100,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado's relocation processes and procedures.
  • We have a great work culture that emphasizes work-life balance.
  • This is an on-site position with the possibility of a hybrid work modality.

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

  • A B.Sc., M.Sc., or Ph.D degree in a related field is required. Candidates will be employed at the CIRES Associate Scientist career track.
  • Experience with programming languages (e.g., Python), code development in the Windows and/or Unix environment, and code source control and documentation.
  • Experience developing high-quality and insightful visualization of scientific datasets.
  • Candidates must successfully complete the required federal clearance process.
  • Access to the NOAA Federal Center and computer facilities is necessary to perform the work of this position. Access is not available for individuals working in the United States through a visa and therefore we are unable to consider applications from individuals on a visa or requiring visa sponsorship for this position.

What You Will Need

  • Willingness to work effectively in a team environment and to contribute to a diverse and inclusive workforce at the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA/SWPC.
  • Ability to implement algorithms as computer code/software.
  • Ability to work on headless Unix machines (command line) and with headless text editors e.g., vim emacs, nano, etc.
  • Familiarity with ground-based and space-based ionospheric data and data-base utilization.
  • Familiarity with scientific data analysis and model-data comparison.
  • Familiarity with both compiled and run-time programming languages
  • Ability to think critically and make independent decisions.
  • Strong communication skills demonstrated either through peer-reviewed articles and oral presentations to audiences with widely varying degrees of sophistication and expertise, or through technical documents.

What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position details both required skills/experience as well as preferred skills/experience, we want applicants to be aware that they are encouraged to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills/experience outlined in the “What We Would Like You To Have” section. If you have a bachelor’s degree, transferable experience, and passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on the job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position

  • Familiarity with the impacts of the ionosphere on operational systems in the area of radio wave communication.
  • Familiarity in modern software management paradigms and tools e.g., git, Docker.
  • Knowledge of GNSS theory, hardware, and software.
  • Knowledge of the ionosphere’s impact on radio frequency signal propagation (refraction, phase and amplitude scintillation, phase delay).
  • Experience using and comparing different scintillation indices (ROTI, S4, sj, carrier to noise, etc.).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A copy of your CV.
  2. A cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

Though not required at the time of application, be prepared to submit a list of 5 professional references (2 of whom must be/must have been supervisors or professors). If you are selected as a finalist, we will ask you to contact your references so that they can complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

This position will remain posted until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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: Tim Fuller-Rowell

Posting Contact Email: tim.fuller-rowell@noaa.gov