Less than 5 years experience  •  Government

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 04/24/18 by Mark Seemueller
Less than 5 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 04/24/18 Mark Seemueller

Job Location: Sterling, VA 

Job Duties:

The meteorological field scientist will be planning for, testing, and deploying new radiosonde systems across the U.S. and U.S. territories.  


The planning phase will include:

?       Obtaining a surface observing certification within 30 days of employment (employment is contingent on this requirement)

?       Preparing analytical methods for system evaluation such as running or developing code to statistically compare multiple soundings

?       Establishing processes for referencing other available meteorological datasets

?       Creating documents related to deployment of the system

?       Brief travel to 3 remote sites. 

The testing phase will include:

?       Reviewing vendor documentation against a specification related to system capabilities

?       Conducting radiosonde soundings

?       Travel to 4 remote locations for approximately 3 weeks (each) to conduct radiosonde tests

?       Analysis of data and writing a final report including the generation of charts and graphs 

?       Hours to include weekends and overnight shifts during field testing

The deployment phase may include:

?       Installing systems at over a dozen locations

?       Conducting system acceptance tests

?       Training meteorologists on how to use the radiosonde system 

?       Professionally communicating in occasional tense environments is critical 

?       Hours may include weekends and overnight shifts for training purposes

?       Travel will be significant during this phase.

Otherresponsibilities may include supporting field operations during 0z and 12z synoptic soundings, laboratory upkeep, and inventory of assets. Work hours will be a combination of normal business hours, routine shift work (for 0z and 12z operational sounding support), and on-demand hours driven by test schedule.


Qualifications (include but not limited to):

?       Bachelor?s Degree in Meteorology

?       A U.S. Driver?s License and the ability to obtain a U.S. passport within a few months of employment.

?       Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs

?       Ability to produce and organize documentation for multiple systems and multiple locations

?       Ability to setup meteorological observing systems in extreme environments

?       Setup scientific tests

?       1-2years of experience using data analysis tools such as MS Excel, MATLAB, or Python

?       Multi-task and have outstanding verbal and written communication (MS Office)

?       Basic understanding of radiosondes or other in-situ measuring systems and upper air

?       Ability to obtain a Public Trust clearance

Desired Skills:

?       Understanding of meteorological sensors and upper air measurements

?       Knowledgeable of basic Linux commands

?       Knowledgeable of satellite sounding products

?       Knowledgeable of statistical analysis techniques

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