Satellite Data Liasion

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Classification:Research Professional 4
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Part-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary: Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA), a department within the Geophysical Institute, seeks an individual with extensive background in operational weather forecasting and a high working knowledge of satellite data and satellite data products to function as a Satellite Data Liaison.

Job Overview:

This employee will lead the development of GINA's weather forecasting satellite data products by providing advanced technical expertise. This position works closely with the NOAA National Weather Service Alaska offices and the NOAA-NESDIS satellite operations office. A tremendous amount of Arctic satellite data flows through systems used by this position, and the intent is to favorably impact Arctic weather forecasting and climate research. The successful candidate will have a background in generating satellite products; operational weather forecasting, and weather forecasting hardware and software described below. This individual will also have good presentation skills and experience providing customized training in a research environment.

The successful candidate will have an extensive background in atmospheric science including physics and atmospheric processes. This candidate will also have extensive experience working in operational weather forecasting. Prior demonstrated ability to use satellite data to derive products used in high level applications such as weather, oceans, hydrologic or hazards forecasting will ensure the candidate will be able to produce new weather products based on the needs of forecasters. The successful candidate will also have familiarity with satellite and meteorological data distribution as well as extensive experience with Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) including CAVE, D2D, EDEX, GFE, and LDM components of the AWIPS system. The successful candidate will also have direct, extensive experience generating satellite products from geostationary and polar orbiting satellite instruments including VIIRS, ATMS, MODIS, and AVHRR and formatting these products for analysis in AWIPS.      

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Identify and develop new research directions related to weather forecasting product development. Identify and provide consultation to department regarding new research directions. Integrate the work of other research professionals into new project development. An essential piece of developing new research directions is securing project funding. The employee will write proposals, including budget development, for future research projects. The employee is also expected to perform ongoing feasibility assessments of potential new products and develop working relationships with potential funders.

Lead weather forecasting product development by acting as a scientific liaison between product developers and product users, and analyze product quality prior to product release. Provide consultation to operational weather forecasting units, mainly the National Weather Service and also the Alaska Fire Service, Air Force Weather Agency as well as other agencies. Consultation will include assessing and recording the needs of forecasters; communicating forecasting needs to developers and ensuring successful development of products. Lead the design and implementation of new weather forecasting products by providing atmospheric science and satellite data knowledge and insight during all stages of development. Act as a critical product evaluator, ensuring quality control of weather product development. This entails weather forecasting data acquisition, analysis and intrepretation and assessment of resultant weather forecasting products.

Lead development of advanced technical trainings, including needs assessment and development of training materials on the use of satellite derived products created by UAF and collaborative partners. Training will be provided mainly to external agencies, including weather forecasters, but may include departments within the university system. Development of training will be highly tailored to the needs of each agency and also to individuals. Responsible for developing trainings and materials and success of trainings. Participate in collaborative workshops and act as a department and University representative.

Act as the principal spokesperson for weather forecasting projects and the department. As the principal spokesperson, the employee will prepare and present reports, briefings, presentations, outreach materials and publications on satellite-derived, forecasting products. Development of these materials may be highly collaborative or independent. Materials are often highly technical in nature and provide information used by weather forecasters. Provide on-camera interviews, public presentation and public outreach. Act as a lead on agency and department project reports and updates.

Act as primary investigator or co-investigator for new and ongoing projects. Lead projects, including the development and management of projects, tracking deliverables and overseeing budgets. Report project status to GINA management and communicate and report project status to sponsors and external stakeholders. Ensure project deliverables are met within the guidelines of the established project outlines. Publish findings in scientific journals.

 

Required Skills and Experience:

- Atmospheric science: a knowledge of the physics and processes of the atmosphere.
- Satellite data products, especially those used for weather, ocean, hazards, and river analysis forecasting.
- Familiarity with satellite and meteorological data distribution methods and software such as Unidata LDM.
- Prior experience weather forecasting in an operational environment.
- Prior experience training users, including weather forecasters.
- Prior exposure to oceans and terrestrial processes data processing and applications.
- Ability to use satellite data to derive products used in higher level applications such as weather, oceans, hydrologic, or hazards forecasting.
- Advanced analytical skills.
- Ability to assess the nature of an inquiry and formulate a response in line with inquiry.
- Proven ability to get work published in a scientific publication.
- A strong foundation of knowledge in atmospheric science principles and weather forecasting and their connections to satellite observations is required.
- Ability to travel and work non-standard hours.
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
- Knowledge of grant writing procedures and ability to secure external funding.
- Ability to oversee projects and determine best course of actions to accomplish project goals.
- Prior experience representing an organization during requests for data.
- Solid understanding and experience working with satellite data from Suomi NPP, Aqua and Terra and MODIS instrumentation.
- Solid understanding of Day/ Night band applications, working with satellite imagery and products and CSPP software user experience.
- NOAA IT Security Training Certification or ability to become certified.
- Experience in team supervision

This position is a Grade 81, Salary commensurate with experience.

Assistance:

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700.

Tobacco Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco-free campus.  For more information, please go to: http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus/

 Training Attendance Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:  http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

Background check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Non-represented Staff (Probationary Period):

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Term Positions:

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2017 and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

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Duties

15Act as primary investigator or co-investigator for new and ongoing projects. Lead projects, including the development and management of projects, tracking deliverables and overseeing budgets. Report project status to GINA management and communicate and report project status to sponsors and external stakeholders. Ensure project deliverables are met within the guidelines of the established project outlines. Publish findings in scientific journals.Essential
15Act as the principal spokesperson for weather forecasting projects and the department. As the principal spokesperson, the employee will prepare and present reports, briefings, presentations, outreach materials and publications on satellite-derived, forecasting products. Development of these materials may be highly collaborative or independent. Materials are often highly technical in nature and provide information used by weather forecasters. Provide on-camera interviews, public presentation and public outreach. Act as a lead on agency and department project reports and updates.Essential
15Identify and develop new research directions related to weather forecasting product development. Identify and provide consultation to department regarding new research directions. Integrate the work of other research professionals into new project development. An essential piece of developing new research directions is securing project funding. The employee will write proposals, including budget development, for future research projects. The employee is also expected to perform ongoing feasibility assessments of potential new products and develop working relationships with potential funders.Essential
15Lead development of advanced technical trainings, including needs assessment and development of training materials on the use of satellite derived products created by UAF and collaborative partners. Training will be provided mainly to external agencies, including weather forecasters, but may include departments within the university system. Development of training will be highly tailored to the needs of each agency and also to individuals. Responsible for developing trainings and materials and success of trainings. Participate in collaborative workshops and act as a department and University representative.Essential
40Lead weather forecasting product development by acting as a scientific liaison between product developers and product users, and analyze product quality prior to product release. Provide consultation to operational weather forecasting units, mainly the National Weather Service and also the Alaska Fire Service, Air Force Weather Agency as well as other agencies. Consultation will include assessing and recording the needs of forecasters; communicating forecasting needs to developers and ensuring successful development of products. Lead the design and implementation of new weather forecasting products by providing atmospheric science and satellite data knowledge and insight during all stages of development. Act as a critical product evaluator, ensuring quality control of weather product development. This entails weather forecasting data acquisition, analysis and intrepretation and assessment of resultant weather forecasting products.Essential

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