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26 May 2019

Engineer II – relocation assistance

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Job Title: Engineer II

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Type: Full-time, Exempt

Position Term: 2-years, with the possibility of extension

Relocation: Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.

Where You Will Work:
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences.

NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Formed in 2005, the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is one of the seven laboratories of NCAR , the National Science Foundation’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center.

EOL’s mission is to provide leadership in observing facilities, field project support as well as research and data services needed to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth system.

EOL manages the majority of NSF’s Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and deploys them in support of observational field campaigns, ranging from single investigator projects to large complex campaigns that involve multiple investigators, agencies, and platforms, nationally and internationally.

EOL deploys its systems for research by scientists from universities, NCAR, and government agencies, as well as for education.

An integral part of EOL’s mission is to develop the next generation of LAOF and to provide management and archiving of data from past supported campaigns.

In order to ensure progress in the atmospheric sciences, EOL supports a wide-range of research areas within the Earth system science, ranging from microscale to mesoscale to climate process studies, and employs LAOF platforms and systems that reach from the surface of the Earth to the lower stratosphere and beyond.

EOL’s Remote Sensing Facility’s (RSF) mission is to serve the observational needs of the atmospheric science community by developing and deploying state-of-the-art radar and lidar instrumentation.

RSF is committed to providing and analyzing cross-cutting measurements in interdisciplinary research thereby continuing EOL’s leadership in the discipline of remote sensing.

The combination of ground-based scanning and airborne remote sensors provides measurements of atmospheric parameters essential for realization of the societal and scientific benefits outlined in the EOL Strategic Plan.

These high-resolution, large-domain, remotely-sensed observations of clear air and precipitation are otherwise unobtainable.

For more information on EOL please see the Join Our Team page.

What You Will Do:
Assists technical staff with testing, troubleshooting, upgrading, and deploying existing microwave and millimeter wave radars in support of atmospheric research.


  • Provides technical oversight for maintenance, upgrades and field preparation of microwave and millimeter wave radar systems. This includes creating and maintaining professional engineering documentation for all projects, producing internal reports and analyzing data from instruments to evaluate system performance.
  • Designs and specifies equipment and/or components at the system, module and circuit level; specific equipment may include antennas, Radio Frequency (RF) receiver/exciters, pulsed transmitters, high speed digitizers, and digital and digital signal processing (DSP) interfaces. Tests and verifies functionality and performance of subsystems and/or components. Independently troubleshoots system and component issues using standard engineering approaches, techniques and procedures.
  • Prepares remote sensing instrumentation for deployment in field projects. Calibrates and supports instrumentation in the field during field operations, which may require domestic and international travel and/or driving GSA vehicles.

What You Need:
Education and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering and at least three years of engineering experience; or a Master’s degree in Engineering and at least one year of experience; or a Ph.D. degree; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of microwave remote sensing radar theory.
  • Proven ability to diagnose and troubleshoot radar systems at system and component levels.
  • Experience specifying and using microwave and millimeter wave components.
  • Knowledge of engineering theory and techniques in digital signal processing hardware and software and digital design.
  • Experience with computer aided design software for electronics, including schematic capture and printed circuit board layout.
  • Skilled in using test and measurement equipment including oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and microwave vector network analyzers.
  • Able to operate personal computers running Windows or Mac OS, and Linux, and use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Desired but not required:

  • Experience with polarimetric radar.

Applicant Notes:
Candidates must have:

  • Willingness to travel up to approximately 60 days per year, but typically not more than 30 days per trip, to support domestic and international field projects.
  • Willingness to fly on research aircraft or sail on research ships.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license.

What’s in it for You:

  • Compensation
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Retirement Plan
  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce.

UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

How to Apply

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