Microwave Radiometry Postdoctoral Fellow I

Location: Boulder, CO
Application Deadline: This position will be posted till June 17, 2022 and COVER LETTER is required with the application
Position Term: This position is a 1 year term position
Relocation: Relocation assistance is available for this position
Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position. U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.
Salary full-time FTE: $70,270
Benefits: UCAR's rich package of employee benefits includes medical, dental, vision, education assistance, retirement, and life insurance. UCAR offers a variety of programs designed to assist with work-life balance including flexible work alternatives, paid time off and 14 weeks of paid parental leave. To learn more about our benefits, click here: https://www.ucar.edu/opportunities/careers/benefits
Vaccination Requirement: All employees hired by UCAR must comply with UCAR's Covid-19 Vaccination Policy and safety protocols.

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.

What You Will Do:

This position will develop retrieval methods for a microwave temperature profiler and explore concepts for enhanced instrumentation to observe atmospheric humidity structure. Research is directed by scientists in the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) and includes pre-defined research objectives and deliverables as well as occasional participation in field projects to gain broader experience with EOL instrumentation.


  • Conduct research related to derivation of meteorological information from radiation measurements. Develop an inversion method for retrieval of temperature profiles from a set of spectral measurements acquired by an existing airborne microwave radiometer. Use a priori information as needed to constrain the retrieval process.
  • Demonstrate retrieval scheme; collaborate with EOL scientists to conduct tests in laboratory and field.
  • Collaborate with EOL instrumentation experts and external labs developing similar technology. Develop concepts for future enhancements of microwave radiometric observational capabilities.
  • Prepare results for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation at meetings and conferences. Prepare and deliver summary reports or contribute toward project progress reports as needed.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Ph.D. within the last 5 years in atmospheric science, electrical engineering, mathematics or a related area.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill in the acquisition and analysis of atmospheric radiometric observations, specifically in the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Experience with radiative transfer modeling and inversion techniques for the retrieval of geophysical variables from radiation measurements.
  • Advanced skills with programming languages and scripting.
  • Knowledge of research instruments, measurements and data quality control procedures.
  • Proficiency with Linux/Unix and Windows operating systems and associated display tools.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a diverse research team.

Applicant Notes:

  • A COVER LETTER is REQUIRED at the time of the application
  • Some or all of the work in this position must be performed on-site at UCAR campuses and/or remote field sites that are domestic and/or international

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Please note that while the position description details both minimum requirements as well as desired skills and experience, we want to remind applicants that you do not need to have all the desired skills and experience to be considered for this role. If you have the passion for the work along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest.

posted: 26 May 2022    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.