[Met-jobs] Job Opportunity – Head of FAAM

Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM)
Head of Facility
Location: Cranfield
Employer: University of Leeds
Salary: £47,801 to £55,389 per annum (University of Leeds Grade 9)

The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) has been established as a joint facility of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Met Office in order to provide users with access to the FAAM BAe 146 large Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA). FAAM (www.faam.ac.uk) serves the atmospheric research communities of the UK Universities, Met Office and NERC.

The ARA is a highly modified BAE-146 aircraft, equipped with a wide range of instrumentation for observing the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere. The aircraft was purchased by NERC from BAE Systems in April 2014. Operation of the aircraft is contracted out to Directflight Ltd, with BAE Systems continuing to be overall provider of aircraft services. The ARA is based at Cranfield University. NERC and Cranfield have recently strengthened their cooperation and as a result, the ARA has new hangar facilities. New laboratory and workshop facilities have recently been created alongside the hangar and work is just beginning on building a new office facility. The new FAAM offices will share the building with a new Cranfield Centre for Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions Technology, with which it is expected that close collaboration will develop.

The Head of FAAM will provide the management of this key national and international research aircraft facility. In addition to leading the operational management of the facility, the role will involve promoting the usage of the aircraft by the UK atmospheric science community, encouraging the development of new instrumentation for use on the aircraft and fostering national and international collaboration. The management role includes direct responsibility for a team of 25 scientists, engineers, technical specialists and administrators. It also crucially includes ensuring that the scientific needs of the user community are efficiently and safely translated into technical and regulatory developments of the aircraft and its instruments. The role will therefore require an ability to deal convincingly with a wide range of external stakeholders, including the science community, the aircraft operator and the engineers with responsibility for approving requests for certification.

This opportunity is open to NERC and Met Office employees and core-funded NCAS staff.

For further information and to apply, please follow this link – http://bit.ly/FAAM_Head
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Stephen Mobbs, NCAS Director, email: stephen.mobbs@ncas.ac.uk
Closing Date: Sunday 31 January 2016. Interviews are likely to take place on Tuesday 16 February 2016 in Leeds.

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