Aviation Weather Testbed Meteorologist / Developer

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) in Kansas City, Missouri has a long history of supporting and transitioning research into operations for the National Weather Service (NWS) to support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other aviation partners. Contained within AWC, the Aviation Weather Testbed (AWT) provides the infrastructure and facilities to develop, test, and evaluate new and emerging scientific techniques, products, and services. The AWT actively engages in the research-to-operations process by supporting applied research, verifying the quality and scientific validity of new techniques and products, and providing a common venue for both forecasters and researchers to engage in developing and testing state-of-the-art aviation weather services.

The AWC and AWT collaborate with universities, governmental forecast centers and research laboratories, FAA and other aviation partners, International Meteorological Watch Offices, and other National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NWS organizations. The AWC maintains 24×7 global forecasting and warning operations, and the AWT supports aviation meteorology hazards training, applied research, and transitioning research-to-operations. The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) is a collaborating partner with the AWC on a number of research projects and activities. CIRA professionals assist the AWC/AWT in supporting, developing, testing, and transitioning aviation weather research into NWS operations.This position is located in a federal facility in Kansas City, MO and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.

Position Summary

This position is a first-level scientist of Meteorology, with potential for considerable growth. The mission of AWC is to enhance safe and efficient flight. The individual in this position will work closely with aviation partners and a federal advisor to improve NWS aviation weather services using research to create, test, and implement meteorological tools into operations. The selectee will report to the CIRA Associate Director and work closely with NWS federal collaborators.

Required Job Qualifications

-This position is located in a federal facility in Kansas City, MO and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.
-Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science OR related scientific field plus 3 years of related experience or Master of Science degree
-Scientific programming experience with a scripting OR data processing language (e.g., Python, Perl, PHP, MATLAB, Linux/Unix shell scripting)
-Experience with weather forecast models and atmospheric data
-Demonstrated experience with Linux/Unix Operating Systems

Preferred Job Qualifications

-Master of Science degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, or related scientific field
-Experience with web application technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript
-Experience with at least one compiled language (e.g., C, C++, FORTRAN, or Java)
-Experience handling and interrogating large geophysical data sets
-Experience with geophysical data visualization tools (e.g., McIDAS, GrADS, IDV, or GEMPAK)
-Demonstrated ability to work well in a dynamic, team environment
-Knowledge of environmental and meteorological data formats (e.g. GRIB, NetCDF)
-Familiarity with weather forecasting
-Familiarity with code management tools (e.g., svn, git)

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 Meteorological Tools and Process Development Duty/Responsibility

-Originate and contribute research-to-operations and operations-to-research initiatives that improve aviation weather forecast services
-Develop and support aviation services, capabilities, and tools within an assortment of NWS systems [e.g., Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), NOAA Integrated Dissemination Program (IDP), AWC data center, NOAA Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System (WCOSS)]
-Work with NWS aviation stakeholders to propose, develop, and evaluate forecast and dissemination processes that are operationally viable
-Design, evaluate, and implement new forecast techniques and aviation impact diagnostics using operational observations and forecast models, particularly emerging high-resolution models and ensemble forecast systems
-Engineer and execute interactive AWT experiments partnering with other portions of the NWS, the FAA, research institutions, and private industry
-Manage and ingest large meteorological data sets to support analysis and processing of experimental products, algorithms, techniques, and decision support tools
-Conduct applied operational research to assist the NWS in developing solutions to the meteorological and air traffic requirements for the FAA
-Create and facilitate training to support operationalization of new or updated tools, data, and processes

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Job Duty Category Documentation and Reporting Duty/Responsibility

-Prepare software and system documentation in collaboration with team members
-Prepare status reports as required by the project sponsor and CIRA
-Represent CIRA and the AWT by contributing to formal scientific publications and attending off-site conferences, symposia, and aviation weather-related outreach events

Percentage Of Time 20 Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Please utilize the cover letter to address required and preferred qualifications as applied to your professional experience.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires) Search Contact Robyn Tessmer, rtessmer@colostate.edu

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.