Colorado State University 18-121 Scientific Analyst in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title 18-121 Scientific Analyst

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 201800557AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Desired Start Date 09/01/2018

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Posting Date

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 07/25/2018

Description of Work Unit

The Forecast Impact and Quality Assessment Section (FIQAS) within the Evaluation and Decision Support Branch of ESRL’s Global Systems Division has a mission to advance the understanding and use of weather information through impact-based forecast assessments and targeted real-time information delivery to benefit decision-making in response to high impact weather events. This position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access.

Position Summary

The individual in this position will collaborate with stakeholders and other team members to assess the quality of weather products used in aviation decision-making. He/She will be responsible for assessment development and implementation, data analysis, and communicating findings in technical talks and reports. He/she will also work with software engineers to incorporate techniques in verification and decision support tools. He/She will report to the FIQAS Sr Scientific Analyst.

Required Job Qualifications

-This position is located in a federal facility and requires the ability to pass a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI, federal background check) for building access. -Advanced degree (minimum M.S.) in Mathematics, Physical Science, or related field -Minimum 2 years relevant work experience. -Demonstrated understanding of meteorological phenomena relevant to aviation operations -Demonstrated skill in data analysis and interpretation of statistical information -Demonstrated skill in producing reports of scientific findings, both in written and presentation form -Demonstrated experience performing analysis with languages or packages such as python, R, or Matlab -Proficiency in application development in the Linux environment

Preferred Job Qualifications

-5 years of relevant work experience -Demonstrated skill in development and implementation of operationally-relevant verification techniques for weather products -Proficiency with meteorological data such as satellite, radar, and model data, and formats such as grib and netCDF -Knowledge of aviation operations and decision-making processes -Experience working with air traffic management data -Experience with open source RDBMS such as MySQL and PostgreSQL -Experience interfacing with stakeholders regarding project requirements and reporting on project results -Adept at time management and working on multiple projects concurrently.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Collaborative Research


-Research, develop, and implement scientific concepts to support comprehensive forecast assessments using operationally-relevant verification techniques. Techniques involve incorporating operational criteria, using both weather and operations information, and combining and comparing data products of differing characteristics and formats. -Research new observation sets and develop verification techniques to use them in product evaluations. -Interface with users, including weather forecasters and aviation decision makers, to learn how weather information is used to make aviation decisions. -Present research status and findings to sponsors and peer organizations, and participate in workshops and conferences.

Percentage Of Time 30

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project Implementation and Execution


-Perform technical implementation of new, operationally-relevant verification techniques using scripting languages such as python, for use in quality assessments and possibly decision support tools. -Manage datasets and processing necessary to support research and development and product evaluation activities. -Work with engineers as needed to incorporate concepts and code into automated verification and decision support tools. -Work within an evaluation team throughout a product evaluation project to achieve project milestones within time and budget constraints. -Coordinate with product developers and stakeholders throughout product evaluation to ensure thorough understanding of product characteristics and adherence to evaluation requirements. -Perform extensive analysis of assessment results and summarize findings and conclusions in formal written reports and oral presentations to product developers and stakeholders.

Percentage Of Time 65

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Documentation and Reporting


-Prepare software documentation in collaboration with team members. -Prepare status reports as required by the project sponsor and CIRA. -Prepare and deliver technical talks and presentations as requested.

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Please address the required and preferred qualifications, as relate to your professional experience, in the cover letter.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

Optional Documents