Desert Research Institute Searching For A Director of Its Weather Modification Program

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The successful candidate will need to have sufficient experience to play a leadership role in the operational and managerial aspects of ongoing and potential future projects involved in glaciogenic cloud seeding of winter storms over mountainous terrain. This includes outreach to seek funds for and report results of cloud seeding activities to state and local officials, water boards and commissions, and at public hearings. The successful candidate will also be expected to initiate, conduct and publish results from cloud and climate research projects, some of which ideally are linked to the weather modification program. Research topic areas will depend on the candidate’s specific expertise. Some possibilities include aerosol and cloud microphysical studies, cloud modeling, remote sensing, or statistical studies of meteorological variables related to cloud seeding operations or research. The candidate should have experience with project management, particularly management of field research projects involving ground-based, aircraft and remote sensing measurement platforms.
Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science or related discipline.
  • Weather forecasting skill, particularly experience related to forecasting for field research projects.
  • Direct involvement in weather modification activities or related research.
  • Strong background or research experience in an area that is pertinent to either advertent or inadvertent weather modification.
  • Experience with project management; scientific, budgetary and personnel supervision.
  • Skill with public outreach; presenting and explaining technical activities and research to a wide variety of non-scientific audiences.
  • Record of publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, presentations at professional meetings, or other intellectual productiviy appropriate for the candidate’s professional rank.
  • A record of program development or other demonstrated ability to obtain, maintain and complete research grants and contracts through federal, state and local agencies appropriate for the candidate’s rank.
  • Evidence of increasing professional recognition at the regional, national, and/or international levels
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong background in atmospheric sciences with an emphasis on cloud/precipitation processes
  • Direct experience in the soft-money research environment
  • Supervisory experience.
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One Response to Desert Research Institute Searching For A Director of Its Weather Modification Program

  1. Caroline K. says:

    Here is a classic example of an institute like DRI trying to hide something. They are using classic “jargon” writing to cover up what they are doing: “The successful candidate … in the operational and managerial aspects of ongoing and potential future projects involved in glaciogenic cloud seeding of winter storms over mountainous terrain.”

    Governments have used this same technique many times, especially during the US Nixon administration. William Zinsser, who has sold millions of copies of his books on writing, calls it “fuzz.” I call it “furballs.” Either it is a case of a really poor writer who is unable to convey something in a straightforward, clear manner or they are covering something up via hazy writing. The US military is also very adept at this form of “fuzz” writing.

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