Senior Observatory Scientist (Space and Atmospheric Science Team Lead)

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Arecibo
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Research/Grants, Sciences

Classification Title:

Senior Observatory Scientist (Space and Atmospheric Science Team Lead)

Administrative Title:

No Administrative Function

Job Description:

The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Department of Space and Atmospheric Science (SAS) at the Arecibo Observatory (AO) invites applications for the "SAS Lead" position. The successful candidate will be part of the Arecibo Observatory science team and will lead the SAS department. The selected candidate is also expected to contribute to the Education and Public Outreach (E&PO) component, supporting the integration of the Arecibo Observatory with the local and international communities, as well as within UCF. In addition to these duties, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:


* Serve as the technical leader for the space and atmospheric science team.

* Mentor and train staff in the SAS group.

* Drive innovative cutting-edge science across the SAS team.

* Write proposals for new external funding.

* Work in conjunction with the AO director and the AO deputy director to develop strategies to represent the Arecibo Observatory interests in the upcoming Decadal survey.

* Work to establish regular communication with the community of users, the scientific community, and the different boards of advisors.

* Work with users to find the best ways to implement and/or improve their experiments.

* Be the SAS representative on the Arecibo time allocation and proposal evaluation committee.

* Be a vocal advocate of the Arecibo Observatory across the technical community.

* Participate in outreach activities.

* Interface with technical leads in astronomy and planetary sciences, to explore multidisciplinary collaboration.

* Develop collaborations across multiple external academic institutions and within UCF.

* Write periodical technical performance reports and track group performance metrics.

* Drive performance of the SAS team by actively increasing the number of publications, proposals, and the number of users.


OFFICE OF RESEARCH, Florida Space Institute (Arecibo Observatory)

Type of Appointment:


Advertised Annual Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

* A Ph.D. in Engineering, Space Physics, Atmospheric Science, Radio Science, or related field from an accredited institution is required.

* A demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, a record of scientific publications, and experience in applying for external funding.

* Personnel management experience is preferable.

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

* Have a background in the incoherent scatter radar theory and experimental techniques.

* Have a background in geospace sciences (studies of ionosphere, thermosphere, magnetosphere regions).

Preferred Qualifications:

* Ten years of experience performing research tasks.

* Experience working at a radio telescope facility.

* Experience leading technical teams research personnel.

* Proven publication record.

* Award management experience.

* Strong technical background in space and atmospheric sciences.

* Proficiency in English (Spanish a plus).

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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


Work location is Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates must also upload the following documents:

1. A cover letter;

2. A recent CV or resume;

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


Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date. 


Questions about this position may be directed to Francisco Cordova, Director, Arecibo Observatory, 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: 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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