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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Project Scientist I - Space Weather in Boulder, Colorado

Project Scientist I - Space Weather

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Job Title:Project Scientist I - Space Weather

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Type:Full-time, Exempt

Application Deadline:

This position will be posted until April 4th. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Relocation:Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Work Authorization:

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Where You Will Work:

Located in Boulder, Colorado, UCAR Community Programs (UCP) offers a suite of innovative resources, tools, and services for the atmospheric and Earth science community. UCP was created in 1992 to manage a number of unique programs requested by the UCAR community.

What You Will Do:

Maintain and improve the analysis of space weather data from Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) radio occultation (RO) missions, ground-based GNSS, and other sensors in the COSMIC Data Analysis and Archive Center (CDAAC) processing system at the COSMIC Program Office. Support development and utilization of new CDAAC space weather data products. Support satellite operations for COSMIC-1, COSMIC-2, and other missions. Support research and operational users of the CDAAC data products. Conduct independent and collaborative science investigations on the retrieval and application of the GNSS RO and ground-based data to space weather. Present COSMIC program’s space weather activities at conferences, workshops and meetings. Publish scientific papers. Stay informed on new developments in the field relevant to the use of COSMIC data for space weather.


  • Maintain and improve CDAAC’s space weather analysis system – conduct data processing algorithm development, data analysis, quality control, and validation for extraction of the highest quality absolute total electron content (TEC), electron density profiles, ionospheric amplitude and phase scintillation etc. Expand existing software capabilities for operational near-real time, post-processing, and re-analysis processing for current and new missions. Process and provide more space weather products using CDAAC tools to benefit the ionospheric community.

  • Conduct independent and collaborative science investigations on the retrieval and application of COSMIC data to space weather applications. Present COSMIC program’s space weather activities at conferences and meetings, conduct research and publish papers, develop and participate in proposals for external funding; contribute to scientific progress reports. Provide education and outreach support to community.

  • Provide assistance to the COSMIC operations team; Support operational users of COSMIC space weather products at NOAA, USAF and elsewhere. Operations support involves answering questions and monitoring and trouble shooting the automated CDAAC data processing and scientific payloads.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Geophysics, Mathematics, Atmospheric Science, Aerospace Engineering or related field is required. or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Desired: One to two years experience as post-doc

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with GNSS data processing for ionospheric applications

  • Experience developing GNSS radio occultation inversion techniques

  • Experience conducting ionospheric research with GNSS data

  • Knowledge of thermosphere/ionosphere/plasmasphere dynamic processes and physics-based models

  • High skill in mathematics

  • Strong programming skills in Fortran, C, Perl, Python, Matlab

  • Knowledge of UNIX / Linux operating systems

  • Science background in Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Geophysics or similar field

  • Ability to work independently as well as a team member in a collaborative environment

  • Ability to write scientific manuscripts and effectively present results in seminars and conferences

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective scientific collaborations inside and outside organization

  • Demonstrated excellence and productivity in scientific research, as evidenced in refereed journal and conference publications

  • Ability to write proposals for research opportunities

  • Demonstrated English written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills

  • Ability to work in a diverse and inclusive environment

Desired but not Required:

  • In depth knowledge of ionosphere and thermosphere space weather instrumentation

  • Understanding of data assimilation techniques

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.

Job Location

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Position Type


Appointment Type

Regular, Full-Time (R1)