Project Engineer IV for APAR project

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Boulder, CO, United States

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Project Engineer IV for APAR project


Boulder, CO 


$119,418 - $149,272

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Job Description:

NCAR, managed by UCAR and a world leader in weather and climate modeling, is excited to announce the job opening for a Project Engineer IV.

You will support NCAR’s vision of accelerating progress toward a thriving and sustainable society by providing overall technical leadership for the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) development. You will apply your engineering expertise and technical knowledge to the implementation of the entire APAR system from design and development to validation and operations.


Job Location: Boulder, CO

Job Location Type: Hybrid with a requirement to travel and work in remote field locations on occasion, typically for not more than 7 days per trip.

Position Type & Term: Full-Time (5-Year Term)

Hiring Range: Annual Salary Range: $119,418-$ $149,272  *Final salary and rates are based on education, experience, skills relevant to the role, and internal equity.*


Application Notes:

  • Application Deadline: The position will be posted until April 27, 2023.

  • Required application materials:  A resume/CV AND Cover Letter are both required at the time of application

  • Work Authorization: Must be (a) a U.S. citizen; (b) lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or (c) a protected individual as defined by 8 USC1324b(a)(3). UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa.

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

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


  • Willingness to travel and work in remote field locations on occasion, typically for not more than 7 days per trip.

  • Must be (a) a U.S. citizen; (b) lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or (c) a protected individual as defined by 8 USC1324b(a)(3)

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 eligible pay into your retirement account; 100% fully vested on day one

  • Starting minimum accrual of 20 days of personal time off each year (prorated for less than full-time positions)

  • 10 paid holidays each year

  • 10 days of paid sick leave each year

  • 14 weeks of paid parental leave

  • Backup childcare

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

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Key Responsibilities:

Project Engineering Leadership

Responsible for the APAR engineering efforts (internal and external); manages and supervises the APAR engineering team; responsible for ensuring design reviews are accomplished; manages engineering sub-awardees and ensures that the engineering development meets pre-defined requirements.  This includes working with project leads, industry/subcontractors, and university collaborators to ensure technical objectives, and schedules are being met; leading and directing the effort of engineering disciplines associated with the APAR development including radar hardware, software, aeronautical, mechanical, and electrical systems; and leading and/or providing support through program gates/milestones such as the preliminary design review (PDR), critical design review (CDR), fabrication, testing, and verification of requirements for the APAR system.

Cross-Project Collaboration

Supports the Senior Systems Engineer with managing technical project risks, engineering and test/validation documents, and test plans. Reviews and evaluates engineering documents and test reports. Conducts trade analyses. Reviews and approves major acquisitions. Reviews and tracks Earned Value (EV) data with Senior Systems Engineer, Program Manager, and Project Director to determine product trade-offs.

Project Representation

Presents at and participates in conferences, meetings & workshops as required in support of the APAR program.  Supports the writing of proposals to secure additional funding for the APAR development.


Education & Experience REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering and nine years of engineering experience:


  • Master's degree in Engineering and at least seven years of experience


  • Ph.D. degree and at least five years of experience;


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities REQUIRED:

  • Advanced knowledge of R&D and operational radar systemsBroad technical knowledge of cross-disciplines or deep knowledge of one discipline.

  • Demonstrated analytical, applied mathematics, and problem-solving skills common to radar/RF engineering.

  • Demonstrated creativity, foresight, and mature engineering judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented engineering problems.

  • Knowledge of current technology trends.

  • Skill in motivating staff in large projects.

  • Proven knowledge in the design and development of phased array radar systems.

  • Proven knowledge and experience in phased array calibration techniques.

  • Experienced in recognizing and solving Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) issues, especially on airborne platforms.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and a Fourth Generation Language, e.g., Python, MATLAB, IDL, etc.

  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds and contribute effectively to problem-solving efforts.