Observatory Scientist (Space and Atmospheric Science)

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Arecibo
Categories: Research/Grants

Classification Title:

Observatory Scientist (Space and Atmospheric Science)

Job Description:

The Arecibo Observatory (AO), part of University of Central Florida (UCF), is seeking a talented observatory scientist for the Space and Atmospheric Science group.

The research emphasis of the group is plasma aeronomy and physics as well as space weather using the 430 MHz Incoherent scatter radar (ISR) and the support cluster of radio receivers and passive-and-active optics placed onsite and in the AO remote facility in Culebra Island.


The successful candidate should demonstrate the ability to perform independent research, have a track record of scientific publications in space science or related area, and would be encouraged to apply for partial funding. The incumbent would be expected to participate in radar observations, data processing and archiving. The duties and responsibilities listed below may be modified at any time by Observatory management, subject to the changing needs and priorities of the Observatory:

•  Be well-versed in radar remote sensing techniques (hardware and software) to probe the ionosphere including HF, VHF and UHF systems.

•  Have a strong background in the Incoherent Scatter Radar theory and experimental techniques.

•  Have a background in geospace sciences (studies of ionosphere, thermosphere and/or magnetosphere regions).

•  Be capable of devising and developing original techniques for the radar or other instrument usage, data reduction, etc.

•  Be able to develop, document, and disseminate data acquisition, processing and analysis code.

•  Be able to evaluate and improve hardware and software infrastructure for the Arecibo ISR to meet with research needs.

•  Attend scientific conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

•  Participate in academic outreach activities undertaken at the Observatory and by UCF.

•  Develop and implement data analysis programs at the various levels between voltage samples and geophysical parameters, raw data to base data.

•  Mentor and train students.

•  Be able to write proposals for new external funding.

•  Be capable of user support, "Friending": When requested, assist users obtaining the best possible results from Arecibo Observatory. Friending can involve merely serving as a "point of contact" through to giving detailed assistance with planning, data acquisition, and analysis of data for a particular project.

•  Background in geospace sciences (studies of ionosphere, thermosphere, magnetosphere regions).

•  Understand the mid-latitude geospace dynamics.

•  Understand the basic working of optical instrumentations used for studying the ionosphere.


Office of Research-Florida Space Institute

Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Work schedule may vary.

Type of Appointment:


Advertised Annual Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

•  Ph.D. in Space Physics, Electrical Engineering, or other related discipline from an accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

•  Graduate and/or postdoctoral experience in radar sciences, ISR related research required.

•  Strong technical background in space and atmospheric sciences.

•  Proficiency in English (Spanish a plus).

•  At least 5 years of experience.

•  Experience working at radio telescope facilities a plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position is funded by contracts and grants and is contingent upon available funding.

Work Location Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico.


Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF Requires all applications to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, www.ucf.edu/jobs. In addition to the online application, interested candidates must also upload the following documents:

1. Cover letter;

2. A recent CV or resume; and

3. A list with the names and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) of at least three professional references.


Questions about the position may be directed to Francisco Cordova, Director Arecibo Observatory, and University of Central Florida. 787-878-2612 ext. 212 (office).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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