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Visiting Scientist I in Greenbelt, MD at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 6/1/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Greenbelt, MD
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    Not Specified
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Job Description

Position Summary:

The Visiting Scientist I position contributes to development, execution and control of a scientific research study; coordinate the conduct of experimental tests and procedures with GMAO reanalyses data products aimed at the applied use of the data in topics such as renewable energy, health and safety and environmental management. This research will support the GMAO’s Reanalysis of EOS Observations for the National Climate Assessment project.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Investigate the applicability of the MERRA-2 reanalysis in various applied climate topics. For example, the large-scale weather associated with extreme precipitation or drought (heat wave or cold wave); hydrological applications of reanalyses; health and environment factors.
  • Assess the needs of applied users and decision makers, and develop metrics that fit their needs, as well as evaluate the quality of the MERRA-2 and developmental reanalysis data.
  • Contribute to the Goddard Earth Sciences group on Applied Sciences through regular meetings and seminars
  • Participate in scientific meetings, develop scientific papers, and engage with colleagues and collaborators pursuing related research questions.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to technicians, students, fellow postdocs, and others carrying out related work.
  • Present results of work as publications in referred journals and presentations.
  • Responsible for publishing one peer-reviewed scientific paper per year.
  • Preparation of reports of own scientific and other activity for purposes of annual reports to NASA, annual GESTAR report, and annual evaluation of GESTAR staff/scientists.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications:

Education:   PhD in Atmospheric Sciences or related field


  • 1-2 years’ experience in related field.
  • Experience in climate dynamics, atmospheric circulation and teleconnections.
  • Experience in regional weather and climate; to include numerical modeling and data assimilation.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Willingness to contribute to large collaborative efforts, possibly as part of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Proficient skills in large data analysis and the supporting software (Matlab, grads, IDL, Fortran, python).
  • Ability to work in diverse and interdisciplinary teams across multiple institutions and countries.
  • Function independently or as part of a team, with minimal direct supervision.
  • Propose credible and innovative research projects, develop the necessary skills to perform the work, and carry out the research, providing the required reporting to the granting agency in a timely fashion.
  • Proven ability to communicate scientific results through presentations and scientific publications is essential.
  • Proposal writing experience, a plus.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.

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