Unmanned Aerial Systems Center Coordinator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
19 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering uses its classrooms and laboratories to educate the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and corporate and civic leaders.

The goal of the Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering is to serve society by educating students, solving problems of global importance, and contributing to national and international economic development. We have set our goals high and our vision is clear: to create a better world for future generations.

The Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering has a strong tradition of excellence and is comprised of five departments, the School of Biomedical Engineering, and the Systems Engineering Program:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biological Engineering Civil & Environmental Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Our rapidly expanding research base is a true reflection of faculty expertise, and our undergraduate and graduate students benefit from the classroom and laboratory experiences that this research provides. CSU’s Walter Scott Jr., College of Engineering is a leader among research universities, designated as a Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University, along with only 150 other institutions.

Our graduates are well prepared for careers and advanced study. At Colorado State, our undergraduate and graduate students work closely with faculty and each other. Student design teams have made discoveries leading to patents, new products, and start-up companies. Our alumni have gone on to distinguished careers as innovators in industry, outstanding educators, and highly ranked government leaders.

Position Summary

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University seeks to fill a position created as part of an internal award from the Office of the Vice President for Research to initiate a new CSU Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center. This position is half-time (50% FTE) for 2 years, and succeeding years and subsequent levels of appointment are contingent upon funding availability. The individual in this position will join the Steering Committee for the UAS Center and he/she will report to the Director of the UAS Center. The individual in this position will work on outreach to the CSU community to communicate availability of UAS Center services; assist CSU researchers technically and procedurally with development of sUAS (small unmanned aircraft systems)-enabled research strategies; compliance, including insurance, pilot certification, and CSU and FAA permissions; procurement, lending, and piloting of UAS and sensors; training of UAS researchers; and assistance with data management and analysis. The selected finalist must obtain FAA Part 107 certification by the start of the position.

Required Job Qualifications

  • BS in engineering or related physical science field;
  • ability to obtain FAA Part 107 certification by start of position;
  • experience piloting multi-rotor copters and/or fixed-wing UAS;
  • knowledge of FAA regulations governing UAS operations for research purposes;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team environment.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • MS in engineering or related physical science field;
  • knowledge of UAS communications systems ;
  • experience using UAS for research purposes;
  • experience visualizing, interpreting, and manipulating data acquired from UAS platforms;
  • experience leading UAS training courses;
  • knowledge of CSU purchasing and insurance processes;
  • extensive knowledge of UAS systems, that includes construction and repair of UAS components.

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 UAS Operation and Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

  • provide technical assistance for sUAS, including selecting and purchasing components of unmanned aerial systems (platform, sensors, and communication systems);
  • maintain UASs in working order and maintain required insurance;
  • develop flight plans, operate UASs for CSU researchers, and collect and calibrate data.

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Researcher Advising & Training Duty/Responsibility

  • meet with researchers who intend to use UAS to collect project data and advise them on most appropriate platforms, sensors, and strategies to use to obtain data of interest, such as use of fixed wing UAS vs multi-rotor copters, and/or use of competing sensors, and/or appropriate flight profile for intended application, using knowledge gleaned from experience deploying UASs for research purposes (not recreational);
  • coordinate with CSU partners on UAS operations and training opportunities;
  • train CSU personnel in processes key to UAS operations such as FAA regulations, radio communications, fixing minor electrical and mechanical problems, and filing requests for FAA approval to fly outside the CSU Christman Field and/or higher than typically allowed; also train CSU personnel on UAS research strategies such as use of GPS, use/calibration of sensors, and developing flight plans that are compliant with FAA guidelines/regulations and that will provide high-quality data;
  • assist CSU researchers to obtain training and FAA Part 107 certification;
  • assist in the collection, processing, and storage of research data.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Compliance & Records Management Duty/Responsibility

  • prepare FAA paperwork for waivers and other required documentation on behalf of CSU researchers;
  • maintain FAA pilot certification documentation for CSU researchers;
  • assist completion of CSU permissions, insurance, waivers, and other documentation, and maintain records;
  • assist CSU researchers to understand FAA and local regulations and to complete required paperwork.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Outreach to Campus Community Duty/Responsibility

  • promote the CSU UAS Center via website, email, and other communications;
  • develop partnerships to further the mission of the UAS Center.

Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
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  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
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  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.