CIRES/ NOAA SWPC Software Engineer

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences invites applications for an Associate Scientist position at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The successful applicant will work with the Space Weather Follow On - L1 (SWFO-L1) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U) Compact Coronagraph team.


Date posted

Oct. 29, 2021 2:45 pm

Application deadline

Nov. 29, 2021 5:00 pm


University of Colorado Boulder


  • United States

Job description

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences invites applications for an Associate Scientist position at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The successful applicant will work with the Space Weather Follow On - L1 (SWFO-L1) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U) Compact Coronagraph team.

The primary responsibility will be the development of the satellite science instrument ground data processing system for the benefit of forecasters and customers. This Associate Scientist will also develop experimental space weather forecasting applications using this data and data from related satellite missions including the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) and Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere (PUNCH). Together, these missions are critical to ensuring the highest quality space weather forecasts and it is expected that the applications developed using these missions will be used to improve and enhance SWPC’s geomagnetic and radiation storm forecasts. The individual selected will help prepare these missions, ground systems, and forecast products for post-launch, real-time operations.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

As part of NOAA’s National Weather Service, the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) operates 24/7 to provide real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events, which impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation, and other technological systems. SWPC customers include the general public, industry, and government agencies.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop the operational satellite telemetry ground system:
    • Design, develop, test, and document subsystems and applications.
    • Participate in the joint NOAA/NASA Critical Design Review.
    • Support Program-wide testing activities leading up to the launch of both spacecraft in 2024 and 2025.
  • Develop operational forecasting applications:
    • Create testbed versions of high-priority applications, with appropriate documentation, and within an appropriate software framework, to facilitate a successful transition to real-time space weather forecasting operations.

What You Should Know

  • Please note that those applicants requiring visa sponsorship now or in the future will not be considered for this position.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to legally work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • Please note that while the position details the requirements in the "minimum qualifications" and "what you will need" sections, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all the skills and experience from the "what we would like you to have" section to be considered for this position. If you meet the requirements, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.
  • If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $55 - $100k.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • We have a great work culture that emphasizes work-life balance.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • BS required (Computer Science or Engineering fields preferred; other related fields may be considered).
  • Experience with programming in Java, Python, or similar languages.
  • Experience with Linux.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to think critically and make independent decisions.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new technologies.
  • Ability to work well in a team and to build strong interpersonal relationships which facilitate cross-team knowledge sharing.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with full lifecycle software development (requirements, design, coding, testing, troubleshooting, maintenance). Knowledge and/or experience in modern software deployment architecture and tools (e.g. Docker, Harbor, Kubernetes, etc.).
  • Knowledge and/or experience in modern software management paradigms and tools (e.g. Agile/Scrum/Kanban, git, BitBucket, etc.).
  • Knowledge and/or experience with software testing methodologies and tools.
  • Ability to work in a mission-focused, operational environment.
  • Strong communication skills, demonstrated through technical documents and oral presentations.
  • Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive workforce at the University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA/SWPC.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Be prepared to submit a list of 5 professional references (2 of whom must be/must have been supervisors or professors). If you are selected as a finalist, we will ask you to contact your references so that they can complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

 If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

 Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This position will remain posted until filled. 

 Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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