Aeronautical Engineer for APAR project

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Boulder, CO, United States

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Aeronautical Engineer for APAR project


Boulder, CO 


$128,375 - $160,469

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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 an Aeronautical Engineer.

This position provides engineering support for the installation of the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) and associated modifications/alterations on the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft.

Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) is an advanced atmospheric system being developed in part to replace the expired, X-band Electra Doppler radar (ELDORA).

Job Location: Boulder, CO

Job Location Type: Hybrid (Combination Remote and Onsite presence) 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.

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

Hiring Range: Annual Salary Range: $128,375 - $160,469  *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 U.S. Resident or green card holder due to ITAR regulations. You must reside in the U.S. for this position. UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H-1B, etc.) for this position.

  • 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.

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:

  • Jointly, with the NCAR/RAF lead aeronautical engineer, leads the NCAR and APAR Program Office (APO) efforts for design and certification of aircraft infrastructure development and modifications such as fuselage penetrations and support, pylon design, and mounting structures for the APAR project. This involves working across disciplines of engineering, project planning, flight operations, and geophysical research, and the ability to resolve engineering issues that arise.

  • Participates in the preparation and approval of structural design criteria, certification documents, instructions for continued airworthiness, and substantiating data (weight and balance, structural loads, lightning protection, ground and flight testing, etc.)

  • Develops SOWs for aerodynamic performance trade studies as they pertain to the APAR program.  Oversees work of subcontractors to ensure that requirements (technical and programmatic) are met.   Interacts with aerospace vendors to provide guidance on the design of instrumentation and research infrastructure needed for the APAR program.

  • Provides input to proposal development, and progress reports, and participates in team meetings as required.


Education & Experience REQUIRED:

  • Master of Science in Mechanical, Civil, or Aeronautical/Aerospace engineering or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • 4+ years minimum experience with modifications to aircraft and research instrumentation installation. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities REQUIRED:

  • Knowledge of aircraft design practices and aircraft modification and major alterations in a broad range of aeronautical disciplines, such as aerodynamics, aircraft power systems, electrical/electronic equipment systems, loads, stress, performance, lightning protection, and ground and flight testing.

  • Knowledge of FAA regulations, including Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 21, 25, 43, Field approval, and Supplemental Type Certifications. 

  • Knowledge of computer-aided engineering techniques (design, drafting, finite element analysis, computer-aided design, etc.) sufficient to produce the documentation needed for safety and certification guidelines.

  • Knowledge of special requirements for operations in the public aircraft category.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.