Colorado State University 18-128: Satellite Training Liaison in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title 18-128: Satellite Training Liaison

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 201800774AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000 - $65,000

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Posting Date

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 09/16/2018

Description of Work Unit

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) is a multi-million dollar research organization located on CSU’s Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. CIRA is a cooperative institute (CI) that is also a research department within CSU’s College of Engineering, in partnership with the Department of Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research, leveraging both national and international resources and partnerships, and assisting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), CSU, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our research to areas of societal benefit. Expanding on this Vision, our Mission is to serve as a nexus for multi-disciplinary cooperation among CI and NOAA research scientists, University faculty, staff and students in the context of NOAA-specified research theme areas in satellite applications for weather/climate forecasting. Important bridging elements of the CI include the communication of research findings to the international scientific community, transition of applications and capabilities to NOAA operational users, education and training programs for operational user proficiency, outreach programs to K-12 education and the general public for environmental literacy, and understanding and quantifying the societal impacts of NOAA research.

Position Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University seeks to fill a Research Associate II position to collaborate with scientists and instructors at the National Weather Service’s Office of the Chief Learning Officer (NWS/OCLO) and the Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch (RAMMB) of the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS) in Fort Collins, CO. The individual in this position will report to the CIRA Training Team Lead and assess training gaps and provide meteorological expertise in support of training and education efforts in applying the latest geostationary and polar orbiting satellite imagery and products to the warning decision making process.

Required Job Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science or similar quantitative field plus 4 years of relevant professional experience , or Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science or similar quantitative field; • experience working with interdisciplinary atmospheric research or operational forecasting teams; • experience presenting research at conferences and in an academic environment; • experience managing multiple stakeholder interests and effective interactions with the public, private, and industry personnel; • strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• instructor experience; • experience in remote sensing; • programming skills in Linux (or Unix) operating systems; • experience in operational data fusion using satellite, radar, and total lightning meteorology to produce an operational picture of current warning diagnostics and short-term forecasts; • experience communicating what is known from remotely sensed data; • knowledge of probabilities/uncertainties for warning decision making in the Impact-Based Decision Support environment of the NWS; • familiarity with remote sensing data processing packages; • familiarity with NOAA operational visualization packages (AWIPS); • familiarity with short-term data assimilation and modeling for Data Integration in the Warning Environment (eg. ProbSevere, HRRR, RAP, SREF, etc.) • Knowledge and experience with convection-allowing models and short-term model ensembles; • skills in graphic design or illustration; • experience/education in project management, teamwork.

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 Collaborative Research


• work with the NWS Office of the Chief Learning Officer (OCLO) and the NOAA/NASA GOES-R series and JPSS proving grounds to develop training that interprets satellite imagery, data, and derived products at high spatial, spectral and temporal resolution for identification of hazards related to critical weather observations used for warnings and forecasts, and also integrates the application of satellite data into the NWS operational warning process; • acquire and apply skills in the operation of Linux, Windows workstations, and virtual machines to display and analyze satellite imagery and products.

Percentage Of Time 50

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Dissemination of Research Results


• prepare for, present, and participate in Test Bed Experiments, Training, and Workshops offered through National Weather Service (NWS) Offices and Office of Atmospheric Research (OAR) Laboratories; • attend meetings and professional conferences to interact with the developer and user communities and to present research and training materials that enhance the understanding of new meteorological applications.

Percentage Of Time 50

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, a resume, and the name and contact information for three professional references. References may be contacted immediately and without further notification to the candidate.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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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.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents