Dr. Stan Benjamin promoted to NOAA Scientific and Professional (ST)

Photo of Dr. Stan Benjamin (left) and GSD Director, Kevin Kelleher (right) Dr. Stan Benjamin (left) and GSD Director, Kevin Kelleher (right)

May 28, 2017

Dr. Stan Benjamin has been promoted to NOAA Scientific and Professional (ST). Scientific and professional (ST) positions involve performance of high-level research and development in the physical, biological, medical or engineering sciences, or closely-related field. This position is characterized by a systematic investigation of theory, experimentation or simulation of experiments; application of scientific methods, including problem exploration and definition, planning approach and sequence of steps, execution of experiments or studies, interpretations of findings, documentation or reporting of findings; and, exercise of creativity and critical judgement, variation in which may materially affect the nature of the end product.

Qualifications for this position are as follows:

  • has authored fundamental papers in his field of expertise that are widely used and cited;
  • has received significant honors from major organizations for his/her accomplishments and contributions;
  • and, is sought as an advisor and consultant on scientific and technological problems that extend beyond his/her specialty.

There are not many of these positions within NOAA. This is a tremendous honor for Stan and for GSD. Stan is GSD's first ST scientist.

In this new role, Stan will be expected to concentrate more on science and development and less on management. By definition, the ST position limits the amount of time that can be spent on management. Consequently, Stan will be moving out of his current role as Chief of the Assimilation Development Branch and into a more senior scientist/mentoring role, not only for GSD but in some sense for the broader NOAA community.

For more information contact: Susan Cobb 303-497-5093