Director, Meteorological Development Laboratory

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • Nov 11, 2016
Full time Administrative/Environmental Support Management Research

Job Description


The Director, Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) works in the Office of Science & Technology Integration, National Weather Service (NWS). The Laboratory conducts and sponsors applied research and development for the improvement of diagnostic and prognostic weather information; data depiction and utilization; warning and forecast product preparation; and data and forecast evaluation. Projects involve modern physical, dynamical, and statistical techniques implemented on operational computers. Emphasis is placed on integrated suites of guidance and final products for Weather Forecast Offices, River Forecast Centers, and National Centers. The Laboratory is composed of four branches which develop and produce scientific techniques and technological tools which better enable forecasters to make accurate predictions and better disseminate information about weather, water, and climate effects to the general public. MDL is focusing its efforts through projects including: integration of global models to create consistent forecast products with probabilistic information, improved tools for project management and collaboration, and interaction between forecasters and users. The lab also aims to continue the production and verification of high-quality environmental models with user applications of meteorological products of all kinds. Specifically, the MDL Director is responsible for: 

  1. Collaborating with other NWS Centers and Regional offices, and other components of NOAA in utilizing the results of basic research for the development of new computer applications, especially for user-oriented weather analysis, prognosis, and data interpretation.
  2. Directs a program to test and evaluate the techniques developed within the Laboratory. This involves the establishment of evaluation criteria and tolerances, and the design of experimental operational environments through physical or theoretical testing techniques. Based on this test and evaluation program, specific products are recommended for operational use, or are sent back for further research.
  3. Directs a program to test and evaluate science applications and technologies developed by partners and external research community but intended for transition into NWS operations. This involves the establishment of evaluation criteria and tolerances, design of experimental operational environments through physical or theoretical testing techniques, and evaluate their feasibility and costs in integrating into NWS’ current and planned operational systems and infrastructure.
  4. Disseminates Laboratory program results to the scientific community through seminars, reports, papers, speeches, and other professional activity. Collaborates with other agencies of the Government in arranging, performing, and reporting cooperative research activities. Administers and monitors research contracts to private companies and universities.
  5. Reports on the development of a local forecast applications program and implementation of specially tailored forecasting techniques on throughout the country.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1 year probationary period.
  • Position is subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (OGE-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Position is subject to random drug testing.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Job Level



Government- Federal


$123,175.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year