Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES/GSD Science and Technology Professional Research Assistant

CIRES/GSD Science and Technology Professional Research Assistant

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder conducts collaborative projects for science and technology innovation for the weather industry, software development, and system administration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located at the Earth System Research Lab (ESRL), Global Systems Division (GSD) in Boulder, CO.

The Evaluation and Decision Support (EDS) Branch within GSD develops state-of-the-art environmental forecast, decision support, visualization, and evaluation capabilities to provide scientifically robust forecast assessment tools, concepts, and analyses to support the weather decision-making process.  EDS customers include military and civilian forecasters, air traffic controllers, air traffic managers, airline dispatchers, and general aviation pilots. EDS collaborates with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the Departments of Defense and Transportation, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), foreign governments (e.g., Taiwan), and may partner with the private sector.  

The Weather Information Systems Evolution (WISE) Section within GSD/EDS develops weather-related software, computer systems, and associated tools and applications used by numerous government agencies (within and outside of the US), with core partners consisting of the NWS, the BLM, the US Air Force, and the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan. The WISE Section infuses advanced science and technology into innovative applications and systems for weather-related activities such as forecast operations, visualization, and decision support services.   

The GSD/WISE Section is seeking qualified applicants that can serve as a science and technology transition lead.   Primary duties will be split between the following two activity themes:

  • Exploring, researching, developing, and/or leading innovative projects, or components of projects, that infuse science and advanced technologies into weather-related operations (including forecast and warning operations, decision support services, etc.).  
  • As an AWIPS system expert, manage and maintain the evolution of AWIPS software through installation, configuration, and upgrading approximately 15 developer workstations used for software development and evaluation. This includes working with developers to improve platform uptime, exploring innovating platforms, networking, and virtualizing systems.  In addition, duties will involve software engineering/development for the evolution of the AWIPS system, and potentially other similar systems.  

Some examples of activities, applications or projects that could be worked on include:  Warn-on-Forecast, Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs), Hazard Services, AWIPS applications, fire and smoke applications, and prototype development of non-AWIPS systems.


Responsibilities

Approximately 50% for science and technology innovation/project development and leadership for GSD

  • Participate in the design and development of applications, tools, and systems
  • Science and technology innovation to support forecast and decision support services
  • Exploit advanced technologies including remote sensing technologies and numerical weather prediction systems
  • When appropriate and beneficial, partner across Labs, Divisions, and Branches
  • Close partnering with users such as forecasters, EM community, etc. including site visits
  • Travel to workshops, conferences, meetings, and test bed activities
  • Communicate with stakeholders
  • Work with a small team of scientists and developers
  • Publish and/or present findings, results, or activities to the scientific/technological community

Approximately 50% for AWIPS system management

  • Install and upgrade AWIPS II as new versions become available
  • Support and mentor developers on AWIPS installation and configuration
  • Participate in innovative efforts to explore and adopt new platforms including cloud computing, utilizing virtual technologies, and other network-based designs.
  • Write installation instructions
  • Develop training/orientation for new developer hires that fit the organizational goals
  • Direct the delivery of developed products/code to collaborators, including building RPM packages

Requirements

Required:

· MS degree in a science or technological field

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card Holder
  • Knowledge of NOAA/National Weather Service operations and forecast/warning decision making processes
  • Expertise in the installation and configuration of AWIPS software with at least 5 years experience
  • Adept at troubleshooting complex technical problems
  • Working knowledge of Python, Java, and Eclipse and have developed major pieces of code in at least one of these languages.
  • Demonstrated creativity in developing unique solutions to new or unusual problems
  • Effective in communicating ideas with management and colleagues
  • Reliable and self-motivated
  • Comfortable working in an agile-like and creative team environment
  • Adept at time management and working on multiple projects concurrently

Desired:

  • PhD in a science or technological field

Application Materials

Special Instructions to Applicants: The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127.

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter; 2 – Resume; 3 – The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 –One letter of recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Number

11290

Date Posted

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Position

Research Associate