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Research Scientist

Our Vaisala solutions contribute to societies and people’s lives in over 150 countries – and can even be found in space. With our technological innovations for measuring weather, environmental and industrial conditions, we have a key role in solving the grand social and environmental challenges of our time. We offer you a career with a clear purpose and a chance to create observations for a better world.


Building on over 80 years of experience, we employ approximately 1,900 professionals worldwide today. We are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange and our headquarters is located in Finland. 


Vaisala’s industry-leading weather observation technologies, instruments, and solutions lay the foundation for the Weather and Environment business area’s strategy, enabling our customers to improve their ability to measure and forecast weather and weather phenomena. The business area serves selected weather-dependent customers to whom accurate, real-time, uninterrupted, and reliable weather data is essential to run efficient operations.

Position Description:
We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Scientist with a demonstrated background in atmospheric remote sensing fundamentals, specifically with radio frequency (RF) technologies.  Are you familiar with how weather radars work and what options we might have for improving their performance?  Do you have a vision for new data products that incorporate weather radar measurements?  This scientist position can be located either in our Boulder office in Louisville, Colorado or at our Boston office in Woburn, Massachusetts.  We offer a position as a key member in our Applied Meteorology team, an applied research team that covers a broad range of weather and environmental measurement technologies coupled with geophysical modeling and machine learning capabilities.  To be successful, you will need to take an active approach working remotely with several product teams across Vaisala’s Weather business unit in both Europe and the USA.  Your primary role will be focused on weather radar technology products, but contributions elsewhere will also be welcomed.  Your drive to innovate and ability to work in a team environment are essential characteristics for success.


Your key responsibilities include:
•    To conduct applied research projects; develop, evaluate, and verify technological solutions.
•    Generate project proposals based on input from the weather radar business area; identify technology development needs.
•    Document research-related outcomes through project reports, white papers, and articles.
•    Provide consultation for demanding engineering tasks that require deep scientific or technology understanding.
•    Assist in product development and engineering tasks in support of new product launches and ensure that such products are effectively maintained and improved.
•    Connect with US university groups and serve as a point of contact for sponsored research projects and co-op programs on weather radar topics; represent Vaisala in the global radar science community.


Required Qualifications:  
•    Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in industrial or academic research environments, with  background in at least one of: digital signal processing, atmospheric physics, remote sensing, or data science.
•    M.S. or equivalent degree and 3 years of experience is preferred.
•    Proficiency in Python or Java  in Linux-based environments is required.  Capability to contribute to the software designs associated with weather radar signal processing and downstream analytics.
•    Proven track record of successfully seeing projects through from start to finish.
•    Good international communication skills with ability to present research results to non-expert audiences.
•    Ability to travel occasionally, sometimes internationally.


Desired Qualifications:
•    Knowledge of RF technologies, especially weather radar transmitter and receiver designs. Capability to contribute to the hardware designs associated with weather radar signal processing. 
•    Previous hands-on experience with electronics and antennas.
•    C/C++ fluency and experience in version control software, other programming languages and tools are a bonus.
•    Cloud computing experience in Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, or Microsoft Azure.
•    Passion to be innovative and come up with novel solutions.  

Please send your application including CV and salary request soon. We will close the application process when we have a suitable number of qualified candidates. 


ANTICIPATED SALARY RANGE: $80,000-$90,000 annually. (Salary is determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data).  Additionally, we offer our employees a competitive benefits package which is outlined below.

We take pride in being pioneers who strive to bring about positive changes in both the society and environment, and our work is not done yet. Take advantage of this opportunity and join our team to make a difference!


What we offer:

Our innovative high-tech business provides opportunities for curious challenge-seekers to make a real difference.  As a part of our global team you can contribute with science and technology to solve the big environmental and societal challenges of our time.


Vaisala offers a competitive benefits package including: health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, company paid life, long and short term disability, 401(K) plan with company match, and tuition reimbursement. We also offer holiday pay and a generous paid time off plan.


To be considered for this position you must currently be eligible to work in the U.S. Vaisala participates in the E-Verify employment verification system. Candidates are subject to a personal work preference assessment and complete background check prior to an offer being extended.



Vaisala is proud to be an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legal protected status.


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Reasonable Accommodation Notice

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. As a government contractor, Vaisala complies with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the Act), which is a law that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities and requires employers take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals.


If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application for a recognized disability under applicable law, please contact Human Resources by phone at 303-499-1701 or by email at ushr@vaisala.com. Please note that you can easily submit application by attaching your LinkedIn profile in the recruitment tool (LinkedIn Apply functionality).

Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver

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