Electrical Engineer IV

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Boulder, CO, United States

Phone: 3034971000
Web Site: https://www.ucar.edu/

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Electrical Engineer IV


Boulder, CO 



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Job Description:

UCAR is excited to announce the job opening for an Engineer IV.

As an Engineer IV in the Earth Observing Laboratory’s (EOL) Remote Sensing Facility (RSF), this position plans, designs, and leads major instrument developments and coordinates system maintenance on complex remote sensing instruments; supervises and directs project staff in the design and development of remote sensing instruments; and oversees the deployment of remote sensing instruments for field campaigns. 

Where You Will Work:

The Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is one of the seven laboratories of NCAR, the National Science Foundation’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center. The mission of EOL is to provide leadership in observing facilities, field project support, observational 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. An integral part of EOL’s mission is to develop the next generation of LAOF and to provide management and archive of data from past supported campaigns.

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 deploys LAOF platforms and systems that reach from the surface of the Earth to the lower stratosphere and beyond.

Job Info:

Job Location: Boulder, CO

Job Location Type: In-Person - The work in this position must be performed on-site at UCAR campuses and/or remote field sites that are domestic and/or international.

Position Type & Term: Full-Time, Regular

Hiring Range: $119,000 - $170,000  *Final salary and rates are based on education, experience, skills relevant to the role, and internal equity.*

Other REQUIREMENTS for this position:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid US driver's license and Motor Vehicle Record that meets UCAR’s acceptability requirements for driving on UCAR business under UCAR policy 4-5.

  • Some or all of the work in this position description must be performed on-site at UCAR campuses and/or remote field sites that are domestic and/or international.

  • Ability to travel up to approximately 90 days per year, but typically not more than 30 days per trip to support field projects.

  • Ability to fly on research aircraft or sail on research ships.

Application Notes:

  • Application Deadline: The position will be posted until filled with priority given to applications submitted by March 27, 2023

  • Required application materials:

    • Cover Letter

    • Resume

  • Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H-1B, etc.) for this position. U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or another protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance is available for this position

  • Pre-employment screenings are conducted for selected candidates; background checks are also conducted for risk-based positions. Learn more.


Benefits Overview:

UCAR affirms its commitment to employees through competitive benefits. In addition to medical, dental, vision, retirement, and life insurance,  UCAR offers a variety of programs focused on work-life balance and professional and personal development. 

These include:

  • Tuition Assistance, time off allowance to attend classes, and other professional development opportunities

  • UCAR contributes 10% of your pay into your retirement account; 100% fully vested on day one

  • Starting minimum accrual of 32 days of personal time off each year (prorated for less than full-time positions)

  • 10 paid holidays

  • 10 days of sick leave each year

  • 14 weeks of paid parental leave

  • Short-term medical leave paid at 100% of your regular salary

  • EcoPass for local Colorado residents to use the Denver and Boulder-area transit system at no cost


Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our organization is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and fostering a culture where everyone feels welcome and supported. To learn more about these efforts, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan and our Diversity & Inclusion: A Welcoming Workplace site. 

Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a position if they do not meet almost 100% of the desired skills and experience. Please note this is not necessary! If you meet the minimum requirements and have a passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plans and leads major radar development efforts from inception through systems integration, testing, and deployment.

  • Works alongside and communicates with multi-disciplinary teams with the goal of developing research-quality remote sensing instruments.

  • Documents development efforts and accomplishments for publication in journals and technical notes and for presentation at professional conferences.

  • Recommends and verifies hardware and software upgrades for existing radar systems and then schedules and manages resources for these upgrades. Schedules system maintenance and ensures availability of resources for the task(s). 

  • Radar Systems Engineering: includes establishing performance criteria, evaluating available technologies, and establishing overall system design. Generates necessary documentation, instruction manuals, and debugging tools or fixtures.

  • Diagnoses hardware and/or algorithm problems with existing system components and implements or recommends design changes.


Education & Experience REQUIRED:

  • B.S. in engineering and at least nine years of engineering experience; 


  • Master’s degree in engineering and at least seven years of engineering experience; 


  • PH.D. in engineering and at least five years of engineering experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


 Education & Experience Desired but not Required:

  • Master of Science degree in an engineering discipline.

  • General understanding of the use of radars in the study of atmospheric science.

  • General understanding of phased array radar beamforming, hardware and design.

  • Proven knowledge and experience in phased array calibration techniques. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities REQUIRED:

  • Broad knowledge of engineering disciplines with expertise in electrical engineering as applied to ground-based and airborne remote sensing instrumentation.

  • Knowledge of current technical trends in radar system design, and demonstrated working knowledge of radar and systems.

  • In-depth knowledge of Radio Frequency (RF) design and calibration of weather radars.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Willingness and ability to work in a team with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and supervise other engineers and technical staff to achieve project goals.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite of software applications and 4th generation scripting languages like Python, Matlab, IDL, etc.


Flexible Work

At UCAR, we are committed to supporting our mission by giving staff the flexibility to find the schedule and location that works best to maintain their own work-life circumstances and reach their full potential as professionals. Many positions within our organization are eligible for fully on-site, hybrid, fully-remote, and/or flexible work schedules.

Employee Well-Being & Vaccines

In support of the health of our employees and their families, as well as visitors and the community, all UCAR employees are required to comply with UCAR’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject only to legally required accommodations implemented by HR, prior to their start date.