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Research Scientist focussing on Radar Operations and Data

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains
60,000 - 100,000 K per year, depending on experience + an excellent benefits package
Closing date
Nov 16, 2021

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Atmospheric Sciences
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To serve as radar scientist for the University of Wyoming King Air (UWKA) facility, which is base-funded by the National Science Foundation.

The successful applicant will work with University of Wyoming-owned radars that are operated onboard the King Air Research Aircraft Facility. The University operates W-band and Ka-band airborne Doppler radars for studies of cloud and precipitation physics and dynamics. Duties include working with engineering team to main and operate the radars, participating in field campaigns that utilize the radars on the King Air and other NSF aircraft, working with data from the radars to provide QA/QC'd data to users of the facility, and exploring atmospheric science research questions utilizing radar measurements.  


  • 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 expertise with radars and radar meteorology;
  • Demonstrated experience working with random signals 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;


  • Knowledge and experience with remote sensors utilizing microwave frequencies;
  • Ability to work with faculty and researchers on the development and use of advanced radar products to study the atmosphere;
  • A willingness to rapidly learn and build a foundation for a successful career as facility airborne radar scientist;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience with airborne radars


This position provides vital support to campus customers and requires the successful candidate be available to work on campus.

Interested applicants MUST apply through the University of Wyoming HR website. See link below. Be sure to include are required application materials that are listed in the job announcement on the University website.


The Department of Atmospheric Science (, one of six in the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science, concentrates principally on research and graduate education. We have 9 faculty members, 25 graduate students, and a staff which is relatively large compared to other departments at UW. The origins of the department can be traced to the college's Natural Resources Research Institute in the 1960s, and its transformation to the Department of Atmospheric Science in the early 1970s. We evolved around faculty interest in observations, developing facilities which now include the King Air research aircraft, the Stratospheric Balloon Facility, the Keck Aerosol Laboratory, Elk Mountain Observatory, and most our most recent addition, the Mobile Air Quality Laboratory. Our King Air has been funded as a national facility under a cooperative agreements between UW and NSF since 1988, and our cloud radar was added in 1999 and cloud lidar system in 2010 to that agreement. Since its origins, the department has broadened in its scientific scope with current strengths in cloud and aerosol physics, stratospheric aerosols and gases, boundary layer meteorology, and mesoscale cloud interactions. Our external funding level is about $4M/year, one of the largest on campus.
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