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Scientist III in Greenbelt, MD at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 7/11/2018

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    Greenbelt, MD
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    Not Specified
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Job Description

This position is within the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (Code 616) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to support PACE Project Science, the PACE Science Data Segment (SDS), and the Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) and their role in producing, evaluating, and distributing high quality in situ datasets for use in ocean color satellite algorithm development and data product validation activities.  Specifically, this position relates to oversight and implementation of a modern and routinely updated data set of marine bio-optical and biogeochemical properties that builds upon the existing infrastructure of the NASA SeaBASS and NOMAD entities. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing and executing the assembly and maintenance of this data set;
  • Developing documentation, QA/QC metrics, and validation strategies for these data;
  • Developing and maintaining measurement protocols for these data, with specific attention to apparent optical properties;
  • Investigating measurement-measurement and measurement-model closure between inherent and apparent optical properties;
  • Collaborating with the PACE Project, OBPG, and ocean color research community on general satellite calibration, validation, and algorithm development activities;
  • Presenting at NASA and professional society meetings;
  • Documenting work in peer-reviewed literature; and
  • Conducting periodic independent research and leading or assisting with NASA proposal writing as time permits.
  • Other job related duties as assigned.


 Required Qualifications:


Ph.D. in an earth science discipline, math, physics, or a related field


  • 7-10 years’ experience in Post-doctoral or professional experience in a remote-sensing laboratory.
  • Experience with ocean bio-optical field measurements, instrumentation, and protocols.
  • Experience with ocean radiative transfer modeling (e.g., Hydrolight).


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • 10+ publications in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Demonstrated success in contributing to winning proposals.
  • Proficiency in computer programming for scientific data analysis applications (e.g., Python, Matlab, IDL).


  • Communicate effectively by speaking, listening and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques; communicate with a broad range of scientists and engineers in a high-pressure, results-oriented context.
  • Speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with others in a research environment to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance team effectiveness.
  • Establish priorities and make effective decisions daily to promote the advancement of science.
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.


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