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Senior Systems Engineer-Phased Array Radar

at University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Posted: 12/13/2018
Job Reference #: 218512

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Job Title: Senior Systems Engineer-Phased Array Radar

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Type: Full-time, Exempt

Position Term: Two years, with possibility of extension


Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Work Authorization:

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Where You Will Work:

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Formed in 2005, the NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is one of the seven laboratories of NCAR, the National Science Foundation’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center. As the successor of NCAR’s Atmospheric Technology Division (ATD), the mission of EOL is to provide leadership in observing facilities, field project support as well as research and data services needed to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth system. EOL manages the majority of NSF’s Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and deploys them in support of observational field campaigns, ranging from single investigator projects to large complex campaigns that involve multiple investigators, agencies, and platforms, nationally and internationally. EOL deploys its systems for research by scientists from universities, NCAR, and government agencies, as well as for education. An integral part of EOL’s mission is to develop the next generation of LAOF and to provide management and archiving of data from past supported campaigns. In order to ensure progress in the atmospheric sciences, EOL supports a wide-range of research areas within the Earth system science, ranging from microscale to mesoscale to climate process studies, and employs LAOF platforms and systems that reach from the surface of the Earth to the lower stratosphere and beyond.

As part of that, EOL is focused on developing the next generation of airborne remote-sensing technology to enhance our earth sensing capabilities over the next several decades. Phased array radar technology has been identified as an important component of that strategy. The Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) development is currently in the enhanced prototype phase, which will last approximately 2 years. This prototyping effort will incorporate state-of-the-art technologies such as signal processing using field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), radar pulse compression techniques and embedded systems. This phase will extend the current prototype into an end-to-end system that will allow the active electronically scanned array (AESA) to be tested as an observational instrument. Work on this prototype will help to validate the future APAR design and mitigate development risks in future phases. EOL is seeking an experienced Systems Engineer to help lead the APAR team.

See more about EOL. Why join the EOL team?

What You Will Do:

Provides overall systems engineering and technical leadership for the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) development. Leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers developing the radar front end and back end technologies as well as airborne radar applications. Acts as a Subject Matter Expert in Systems Engineering and Phased Array Radar Systems. Designs, develops, and tests hardware and software systems for the APAR development. Responsible for leading the APAR team though engineering gates, documentation of engineering plans and methods, issue tracking, and reporting of engineering progress with respect to APAR. Supports the writing of proposals to secure additional funding for the APAR development.


  • Perform systems engineering tasks for the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) development including: engineering team leadership, architecture and design of subsystems, management of system interfaces, and acting as a subject matter expert in the area of PAR technology. Leads and directs effort of engineering disciplines associated with the APAR development including radar hardware, software, aeronautical, mechanical, and electrical systems. Leads and/or provides support through program gates/milestones such as the preliminary design review (PDR), critical design review (CDR), fabrication, testing, and verification of requirements for the APAR system.
  • Produces and revises documentation in support of the overall APAR development. Reviews and refines all APAR technical requirements including the Technical Requirements Document (TRD). Develops an APAR Systems Engineering Plan. Develops Preliminary Design of overall APAR system. Develops engineering documentation. Collaborates in the writing of proposals in order to secure funding for APAR developments.
  • Leads the technical development, testing, evaluation, and verification of hardware, software, support equipment and systems for APAR as required. This includes work on the APAR Active Electrically Scanned Array (AESA) simulator and development of radar back end technologies.
  • Coordinates and documents the effort of external vendors providing design and feasibility studies for the APAR effort. Presents at and participates in conferences, meetings, and workshops as required in support of the APAR program.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or physics and at least twelve (12) years industry experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong radar systems development skills in phased array technologies.
  • Technical leadership experience with R&D and operational radar systems, and with a diverse team of disciplines.
  • Demonstrated analytical, applied mathematics, and problem solving skills common to systems engineering.
  • Proven knowledge in performing systems engineering trade studies.
  • Proven knowledge in the design and development of phased array radar systems.
  • Proven skills in generating systems requirements flow down.
  • Proven skills in defining the interfaces between sub-systems.
  • Hands-on experience with antenna testing including near-field and far-field measurement techniques.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the phased array calibration techniques.
  • Experienced in recognizing and solving Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) issues on airborne radar platforms.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment with diverse backgrounds, and contribute effectively to problem solving efforts.

Other Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel and work in remote field locations on occasion, typically for not more than 7 days per trip.

Desired Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering.

What’s in it for You:

  • Compensation
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Retirement Plan
  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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