Senior Observatory Scientist (Space and Atmospheric Science Team Lead)

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

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Senior Observatory Scientist (Space and Atmospheric Science Team Lead)

Job Description:

The Arecibo Observatory (AO) is looking for a talented senior observatory scientist to lead the Space and Atmospheric Science (SAS) team at the observatory. We seek a candidate who will undertake the following tasks:

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

•  Mentor and train staff in the SAS group.

•  Write proposals for new external funding.

•  Work in conjunction with the science manager, the principal scientist and the deputy principal scientist to develop a strategy to represent Arecibo observatory and Arecibo science interests in the decadal survey.

•  Work with the science manager, the principal scientist and the deputy principal scientist to establish regular communication with the community of users, the scientific community and the different boards of advisors.

•  Hardware maintenance: It will be necessary to work with the electrical engineering department to assure that the transmitting and receiving equipment are maintained, as well as improved when possible, so that experiments can be performed.

•  Software maintenance and development: It will be necessary to work with the software engineers to make sure that the transmitter is controlled properly and the data taking software does the job of sampling, storing and processing the received, while recognizing that this is an ongoing process as better computing hardware becomes available.

•  System Integration: the radar system is the hardware, software, and what you can do with it. It will be necessary to find the best techniques for using the radar, given the hardware, software, and an understanding of current and potential science.

•  Work with users to find the best ways to implement their experiments and improve them in the future.

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

•  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.

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

•  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.

•  Develop proposals for funding.

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


Office of Research – Florida Space Institute

Hours of work:

8am – 5pm

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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 also required.

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.


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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