Research Scientist: Radar Specialist

Laramie, Wyoming
65,000 to 90,000 per year plus an excellent benefits package
Apr 07, 2021
Jun 07, 2021
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The Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Wyoming is seeking applications for a Radar Specialist for the University of Wyoming King Air Research Aircraft (UWKA) Facility. This is a world-class research facility owned and operated by the University of Wyoming and funded through the National Science Foundation’s Lower Atmospheric Observing Facilities (NSF-LAOF) Program. This position will be responsible for all aspects of the operation and support of the Wyoming Cloud Radar (WCR) and the recently developed Ka-Band Precipitation Radar (KPR). 

The successful applicant will join a team of more than a dozen engineers and scientists that support the mission of UWKA facility of tropospheric observation and process studies. He/she will lead the effort for the preparation, deployment, operation, and future development of the UWKA Facility radars. This includes developing and maintaining hardware and software for the radars. The successful applicant will also be responsible for delivering high-quality scientific data to users of the facility and will have opportunity to use radar data to advance his/her own scientific interests. Both radars are currently undergoing major upgrades as part of the development of the Next Generation King Air aircraft, a program funded through NSF. These upgrades and developments will position the WCR and KPR as pre-eminent airborne radars for operation on the King Air and other NSF LAOF aircraft for the foreseeable future. 

We anticipate this position will be filled at either the Associate or Senior Research Scientist Level, depending upon experience.


Required skills and competencies for this position include:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, atmospheric physics, applied mathematics, or closely related field. At least two years of relevant work experience beyond an M.S degree may substitute for a Ph.D.;
  •  Basic technical expertise with radars and an understanding of electromagnetics as demonstrated through coursework and/or hands-on experience;
  • Demonstrated experience working with random signals, stochastic processes, and signal processing;
  • Ability and willingness to participate as a radar and/or system operator on research aircraft, including deployments away from Laramie (typically for 3-4 weeks, 1-2 times per year);
  • Demonstrated proficiency in advanced scientific programming languages such as IDL, MATLAB, Python, or similar; and
  • Knowledge and skill with scientific data formats.


Preferred Knowledge and/or Skills for this position include:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of radar meteorology;
  • Knowledge and experience with remote sensors utilizing microwave frequencies;
  • Experience working with electrical analog and/or digital hardware (i.e. fpga, gpu);
  • Knowledge in advanced engineering mathematics or equivalent;
  • Ability to analyze radar data to advance atmospheric science;
  • Ability to participate in the scientific enterprise, i.e., prepare or contribute to peer-reviewed papers, proposals, and conference presentations; 
  • Willingness to work with faculty and researchers on the development and use of advanced radar products to study the atmosphere;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; and
  • Experience with airborne radars


Interested candidates MUST apply through the University of Wyoming online recruiting system. Inquiries/questions may be directed to Jeff French, Search Committee Chair: