Work with EOL 

Be part of a team that works with scientists to follow a project through from concept, system design, hardware or software development to collecting data throughout the world such as the Antarctic or 40,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean deploying equipment such as a network of ground-towers to a research aircraft.

Top Reasons to Join Our Team

» We take pride in our work helping science to serve society
» Our passionate staff thrives in a fast-paced, technologically-driven environment founded on innovation and cooperation
» We lead the industry in designing, developing and deploying meteorological research platforms and instrumentation
» Our work culture is centered around supporting atmospheric field research projects all over the world 
» Creative ideas are embraced to develop new advanced instrumentation for the science community
» Our laboratory is based in beautiful and sunny Boulder, Colorado making it a great place to work

Leading cutting-edge meteorological research technology

Work with a broad range of engineers and scientists to develop unique and cutting-edge instruments to support a better understanding of our atmospheric environment. We develop instruments requiring expertise in software, electrical, mechanical, optical, and aeronautical engineering.

Where science and engineering meet

EOL depends on active collaboration between engineers and scientists, and encourages cross-training between the various disciplines. This fosters a positive environment for career and knowledge growth.

Don't just think outside the box...Be outside the box

We challenge ourselves to ensure that scientists collect the measurements they need, no matter the location or the scale. We work on the front lines of observational science, relying on teamwork and dedication to make the measurements that need to be made in the study of our earth environment.

Colorado offers more than sunshine and snowflakes

With 300 days of sunshine and diverse geography ranging from big mountains to desert canyons, Colorado is a playground for adventure and outdoor sports. Combined with a vibrant cultural scene for music, theater and the arts, Colorado continues to be a magnet for top talent.

Career Opportunities in EOL

Airborne Phased Array Radar Software Engineer III

EOL's Remote Sensing Facility (RSF) is developing the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR). The radar incorporates state-of-the-art technologies such as signal processing using field programmable gate arrays, radar pulse compression techniques and embedded systems. The development is in the enhanced prototype phase, which will last approximately 2 years. RSF seeks a Software Engineer III with a passion for learning and for science to join the APAR team. This person will design and implement software tools and components needed for APAR’s development, in close collaboration with other engineers and scientists. Initially, this work will involve building a raw data simulation framework to be used in testing of downstream processing software, as well as assisting in continued development of the acquisition, processing, and/or display software. Later projects will be determined as needed to meet APAR’s goals. This is a two-year term position, with possibility of extension depending on continued funding. For more information or to apply, please see this opportunity on UCAR's careers site.

Administrative Student Assistant II

EOL's Directorate seeks an Administrative Student Assistant II to provide clerical and administrative assistance to the EOL Directorate and interact with a wide variety of staff, including the EOL Director, Assistant Director, Lab Administrator, Administrator, and Executive Assistant. This person will be responsible for providing general office support including record-keeping, photocopying, archiving, running errands; scheduling appointments and meeting rooms; preparing and reconciling travel documents and preparing other administrative documents; filing, sorting and distributing mail; and providing support of all of the administrative functions of the EOL Directorate as requested. For more information or to apply, please see this opportunity on UCAR's careers site.

Engineer II

EOL's Remote Sensing Facility (RSF) seeks an Engineer II to assist technical staff with testing, troubleshooting, upgrading, and deploying existing microwave and millimeter wave radars in support of atmospheric research. This person will design and specify equipment and/or components at the system, module and circuit level; specific equipment may include antennas, Radio Frequency (RF) receiver/exciters, pulsed transmitters, high speed digitizers, and digital and digital signal processing (DSP) interfaces. The person in this position tests and verifies functionality and performance of subsystems and/or components. This person also prepares remote sensing instrumentation for deployment in field projects. For more information or to apply, please see this opportunity on UCAR's careers site.

Instrument Maker I

EOL's Design and Fabrication Services (DFS) seeks an Instrument Maker I to set-up and perform welding, fabrication, and machining operations of metal parts and assemblies in a research/prototype environment. This person will complete the fabrication and repair of precision instruments and components.  The person in this position will use formal drawings, solid models, sketches, written specifications and verbal instructions to complete assignments. This person will need to maintain AWS B2.1 welder qualification for aluminum and stainless steel. For more information or to apply, please see this opportunity on UCAR's careers site.

Programmer Technician

EOL's Data Management and Services (DMS) factiliy is looking for a Programmer Technician to support and provide general data management for various field projects supported by DMS facility. This includes assisting in field project metadata curation, ongoing data ingest, web page support, and long-term archival of field project datasets. This person will work closely with EOL’s data managers and data experts and using existing data management tools, the person in this position will examine and perform quality checks on the metadata contents within the NCAR EOL data archive. For more information or to apply, please see this opportunity on UCAR's careers site.

Software Engineer/Programmer I

EOL's Data Management Services (DMS) facitlties seeks a Software Engineer/Programmer I to provide support for the processing, cataloging, retrieval and distribution of observational field campaign data and metadata. This position will create and maintain field project data management web pages. This person will participate as a team member in the upgrading and development of DMS’s data management tools, including the analysis and improvement of metadata to optimize data discovery. For more information or to apply, please see this opportunity on UCAR's careers site.

Software Engineer III

EOL's In situ Sensing Facility (ISF) seeks a Software Engineer III to develop and support atmospheric instrumentation for scientific research as a member of a technical team of engineers, scientists and technicians. This person will apply expert knowledge in software engineering principles for research, development and testing of a broad range of complex instrumentation. The position performs directed design, development and maintenance of software packages in support of atmospheric observing systems, focusing on sounding systems, in-situ instrumentation arrays, and remote-sensing instrumentation such as wind profilers. The position also participates in all ISF system software engineering development areas of architecture design, instrument data system development, implementation and testing, data archival/ display, data communications and data analysis tools.  For more information or to apply, please see this opportunity on UCAR's careers site. 

Student Assistant III

EOL's Remote Sensing Facility's (RSF) seeks a Student Assistant III to redesign the graphical user interface of a software application that displays real-time and archived meteorological data. This person will work with EOL's software engineers and senior staff to restructure the architecture of scientific software.  Configurable, Interactive Data Display (CIDD) is a scientific application that displays real-time meteorological data.  CIDD also displays archived data, and images for Web pages.  CIDD integrates radar, lidar, and geographic data into a single display.  CIDD was developed at UCAR and is a popular choice for viewing weather radar data.   CIDD is actively used by many scientists, meteorologists, and students.  Unfortunately, CIDD is reaching its end of life.  We are seeking a person that would like to build the next generation of CIDD with an overhaul of the graphical interface and internal restructuring. We would like to use Qt for the graphical interface. The Student Assistant III will experience each stage of the software lifecycle with the benefit of having much of the structure and development tools already in place.  This person will learn how a moderate size software project is structured, and will learn about the network interactions and data visualization used to make CIDD operational. For more information or to apply, please see this opportunity on UCAR's careers site.

Internship Opportunities in EOL

EOL's internships provide unique and valuable experiences to prepare students for successful careers in the fields of engineering and technical support. We have two programs: the Summer Undergraduate Projects in Engineering Research (SUPER) program and the Technical Internship Program (TIP).

SUPER interns work hands-on with NCAR/EOL engineers on atmospheric observing systems and developments, including radar, lidar, and sounding systems and associated software developments including data analysis, visualization, and management. Interns may spend part of the summer participating in a field deployment, operating and/or supporting one or more EOL observing systems.  Please see the SUPER page for more info. 

EOL's Technical Internship Program (TIP) provides unique experiences to prepare science and engineering/technical support focused students from two-year colleges and vocational/technical institutions for successful careers. TIP is dedicate d to enhancing the diversity of future science support communities and the workforce. TIP interns work hands-on with technical and scientific support mentors. Please see the TIP page for more info.


Great benefits and employee support

UCAR's benefits package is available to full- and part-time employees and offers TIAA-Cref's excellent retirement plan, educational assistance to pay for work-related degree programs, comprehensive health and dental insurance, flex spending accounts for medical expenses and dependent care, a health savings account, a free RTD bus pass, on-site cafeterias, a convenient child care center, exercise centers and classes, bike lockers and postal services, plus flexible work options.

We are 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.