INNOVIM, LLC is seeking a full-time scientist/systems engineer with experience in space weather and heliospheric observations and technologies. The position will support engineering trade studies and the research-to-operational transition of our nation’s next-generation space weather observing system, including acquisition of coronal mass ejection imagery for operational space weather forecasting of geomagnetic storms.
The successful candidate should have an advanced degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience, and a background in space weather and/or solar observing systems and their underlying remote sensing technologies. Systems of interest include the Compact Coronagraph (CCOR) and potentially solar wind instruments.
The work will be performed at NOAA office in Silver Spring, MD, as scientific support to NOAA’s Office of Projects, Planning, and Analysis (OPPA).
This is an opportunity to help shape the next generation of our nation’s civil environmental observing system.
Through small-scale flight projects, domestic and international partnerships, and data exploitation initiatives, OPPA implements evolutionary improvement to satellite systems and enables expansion of international space cooperation and improves space-based earth and solar observations capabilities to meet NOAA observation requirements.
As part of this responsibility, the Office administers a comprehensive requirements identification and analysis process, and translates requirements for data, products, and services into flight projects, exploitation, and partnerships. The types of work include:
Continuous market research on emerging environmental sensing technologies, including evaluating the sensors concept feasibility; evaluating the ability of the sensor to meet NOAA’s requirements; tracking development of the associated technology; documenting and/or presenting findings; and proposing transition plans from research to operations.
Scientific expertise to the OPPA Observing System Simulation Experiments, including formulating and prioritizing experiments; analyzing progress of ongoing experiments; analyzing the results of completed experiments; and documenting and/or presenting findings.
Requirements management, including translation of NOAA observing requirements into OPPA mission requirements; validation of mission observation requirements; collaboration with other government agencies, academia, and industry regarding engineering trade-offs and impact on requirements satisfaction, and documentation of requirements.
Development or non-traditional methods for acquiring environmental data to meet requirements, including market research into available data sources; analysis of potential impact of data; and developing agreements for acquisition of data.
OPPA flight project formulation, including assessing and documenting mission need and objectives; managing project requirements; and assisting in generation of project documentation.
OPPA outreach, including generation of presentation materials; presentation of NOAA related topics at various external forums; and assisting in organization of OPPA conference programs.
A BS or advanced degree in meteorology, oceanography, other environmental and space sciences, engineering, or systems engineering is required. Experience and/or interest in NOAA, NASA, and/or international partner flight missions and their formulation is a plus.
INNOVIM offers competitive compensation packages including comprehensive medical/dental/life insurance, matching 401(k) contribution and Educational support. Relocation services may be provided as well.
Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization
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