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Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Earth Science in Greenbelt, MD at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 9/25/2018

Job Snapshot

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    Greenbelt, MD
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    Not Specified
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Job Description

The Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Earth Science 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