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

Senior Systems Engineer for Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR)

One of EOL's main development focii is 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 senior Systems Engineer to provide overall systems engineering and technical leadership for the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) development.  This position will lead a multidisciplinary team of engineers developing the radar front end and back end technologies as well as airborne radar applications, and is 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.  For full information about this opportunity, please see the advertisement on UCAR's Human Resources website.


Postdoctoral Fellow I - Data Assimilation

EOL's Remote Sensing Facility seeks a postdoctoral fellow to gain post-graduate research experience while advancing our data assimilation activites. This position's research will further the goals of EOL/RSF to assimilate moisture profiles from micropulse water vapor differential absorption lidar (MPD). Research will focus on the best practices of assimilation of new and past MPD data into Weather Research and Forecast Data Assimilation (WRFDA), Ensemble Kalman filtering data assimilation via the Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART) or Variational Doppler Radar Assimilation System (VDRAS). This position will also work to determine best practices of assimilating other EOL moisture data, including water vapor density profiles from dual-wavelength radar retrievals from combined S-band and Ka-band; surface refractivity maps from S-band radar refractivity retrievals; and other research data as appropriate. Evaluate impact of these additional moisture retrievals on improving short-term, high-impact weather forecasting skill. This position is for two years with the possibility of extension, and requires a Ph.D. within the last 5 years in atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology, mathematics, statistics or a related area.  For the full description of duties and requirements, please see the advertisement on UCAR's Human Resources website


Instrumentation Software Engineer II

EOL is seeking a skilled instrument development software engineer who will bring software talent to the remote sensing team in our Remote Sensing Facility.  This is a software engineering position as part of a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians to support the development and deployment of advanced active remote sensing instrumentation. The position will develop and support software for instrument control and data analysis.  Knowledge of Python, Unix, and C++, are critical to the position and LabView knowledge is desired.  The person will also support airborne and ground based instrumentation on international and domestic field deployments, and will work with data analysis software (e.g. Python, Matlab) for data processing and quality assurance. For the full description of duties and requirements, please see the advertisement on UCAR's Human Resources website


Sheet Metal Instrument Maker II

Scientific programs from all over the world rely on NCAR/EOL's Design and Fabrication Services (DFS) Facility to create innovative engineering solutions and highest quality machining and repair services of new and existing highly-specialized instrumentation used on every imaginable platform. DFS provides an unmatched set of skills and capabilities uniquely tailored to meet the development needs and requirements of the atmospheric research community. Through closely interacting with scientists and other engineers across our community, DFS utilizes the latest in solid modeling and computer aided design software to achieve innovative solutions to complex and challenging instrumentation requirements. Examples of products DFS has created are aircraft instrumentation, heavy parts for radar pedestals, laboratory equipment, light-weight precise optical mountings for aircraft or satellite instruments, and ocean-going systems. This instrument maker position in EOL/DFS will provide technical support for scientists, engineers and technicians in the design, processing, sheet metal fabrication, machining and repair of precision instruments and components in a research environment with minimal supervision. They will understand and utilize formal engineering drawings, solid models, sketches, written specifications, and verbal instructions to complete fabrication assignments.  To apply for this position, please see the opportunity at UCAR's Human Resources 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.

2019 Summer Undergraduate Projects in Engineering Research (SUPER) internship program

EOL seeks engineering students from a variety of disciplines, including Computer Science or Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering, Optical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, for its 2019 SUPER program.  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.

To apply, please see this opportunity on the UCAR Human Resources website.


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.