Job Location: Sterling, VA
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
? Understanding of meteorological sensors and upper air measurements
? Knowledgeable of basic Linux commands
? Knowledgeable of satellite sounding products
? Knowledgeable of statistical analysis techniques