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

Date Posted: 7/25/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Greenbelt, MD
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    Not Specified
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Job Description

The Visiting Scientist I position contributes to development, execution and control of scientific research focused on extreme weather events and climate variability by conducting experimental tests and developing diagnostic methodologies with GMAO reanalyses (MERRA-2) and downscaled data products.   This research will support the GMAO’s Reanalysis of EOS Observations for the National Climate Assessment project, and will lead to peer reviewed publications.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Investigate the use of the MERRA-2 reanalysis in various weather and climate topics. For example, the large-scale synoptic conditions and forcings associated with extreme precipitation or droughts; forcings associated with heat cold waves; sensitivity of precipitation representation to changes in the data assimilation strategy; hydrological applications of reanalyses; issues in surface and boundary layer winds and sensitivity to changes in resolution.
  • Potential climate topics include the development of extreme weather indices and statistical methodologies to establish scale dependencies and potential predictability on different spatial and temporal scales.
  • Devise methodologies for validating experiments and reanalyses based on remotely sensed observations.
  • 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.
  • Present results of work as publications in referred journals and presentations.
  • Responsible for publishing one peer-reviewed scientific paper per year.
  • Other job related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:


PhD in Atmospheric Sciences or related field


  • 1-2 years’ Post-Doctoral experience in weather or climate.
  • Experience in climate dynamics, atmospheric circulation and teleconnections.
  • Experience in regional weather and climate; downscaling, numerical modeling, and data assimilation.
  • Proficient skills in handling large Earth data sets  in different formats (e.g., NetCDF)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Ability to work in a High-End Computing environment: good knowledge of Fortran, Unix Scripting.
  • Ability to work with GrADS and/or other equivalent visualization software (MathLab, Python) with focus on Earth sciences.
  • 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