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Scientist II (Part Time) in Huntsville, AL at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 8/1/2018

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Job Description

This is a part-time (50%) position and supports the aerosol retrieval algorithms and products on multiple sensors (MODIS, VIIRS, Geostationary, etc.). There are two focus areas: one, the continued development of explicit error budgets for the aerosol retrievals, and two, the application of products to answer science questions.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Develop explicit error budgets for aerosol retrievals.
  • Implement error budgets into the operational framework.
  • Using time series of retrieved aerosol products; develop aerosol processes, trends, and radiative effects.
  • Manipulate large satellite data sets
  • Interpret results from radiative transfer calculations.
  • Prepare research results for publication in reports, papers, journals, books, and other media.
  • Prepare and deliver major briefings and presentations to various national and international seminars, talks or lectures for dissemination of knowledge, particularly the results of research undertaken.
  • Responsible for compiling research data results for publication in reports, papers, journals, books and other media and also into cohesive educational outreach presentations.
  • Act as a mentor for student interns involved in the GESTAR Program. This involves instructing the intern about the nature and extent of the GESTAR program.
  • Write several publications of considerable interest and value to the field as evidenced by favorable reviews, by citation in the work of others, by presenting papers to professional societies, and/or will have contributed inventions, new designs or research, which are of material significance in the solution of important applied problems.
  • Preparation of reports of own scientific and other activity for purposes of annual reports to NASA, annual GESTAR report, and self-evaluation for annual performance appraisals.
  • Engage the academic community in research work through research collaborations, visits, invited guests, workshops, conferences, etc.
  • Develop an awareness of NASA’s mission needs and address them to the best of ability.
  • Maintain an awareness of funding opportunities in area of expertise through internal and external funding agencies; seek and obtain funding to ensure continuation and growth of research efforts.
  • Complete all trainings as scheduled
  • Other job related duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:


PhD. and experience in Meteorology, Atmospheric Physics, Applied Mathematics, or closely related subject.



7 – 10 years of postdoctoral research experience


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Proficiency in a structured programming language, specifically FORTRAN and IDL.
  • Experience with scientific analysis of swath and gridded datasets with skills in creating graphical representation of results.
  • Specific experience analyzing satellite data from the NASA Earth Observing System instruments (e.g., MODIS, MISR, CALIPSO).
  • Proficiency in running radiative transfer codes and scientific interpretation of the results.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills for publication/presentation activities.
  • Lead and/or contribute to proposal writing.



  • Strong analytical and problem-solving background.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to learn and improve.
  • Strong team player.


Working Conditions:

Work will be performed in an office or computer lab environment.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; talk or hear.  Keyboarding for large time spans each day may be a significant part of this position.



Applicants should apply to the posting at and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Additional information on USRA can be found at

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity


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