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Visiting Scientist I in Huntsville, AL at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 8/6/2018

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Job Description

The USRA Science and Technology Institute (STI) is seeking a full-time Visiting Scientist with experience in Applied Earth Science. The position involves working with USRA, NASA and other scientists on applied research focused on water resources and water quality, climate, and the relationships between the physical environment (climate and air quality) and public health.  For example, current and recent projects on which USRA/STI scientists are participating include studies of the effects of extreme outdoor heat and air quality on adverse health outcomes, and the climate change-related migration of the transmission regions of vector-borne diseases such as dengue fever.  These projects rely heavily on analysis of national to global data sets, much of which is from satellite remote sensors or global climate models. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Environmental and health data analysis, particularly in the use of satellite remote sensing data and climate and weather data for these purposes.
  • Scientific programming, statistical programming (such as R), spatial analysis methods (i.e. Geographic Information Systems) and satellite remote sensing.

Required Qualifications:


  • PhD. in Environmental Science, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, Environmental Public Health, or a closely related discipline.


  • Two years of research experience after receipt of the Ph.D. is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills (both technical and non-technical).
  • Strong geospatial analysis skills are required, including advanced abilities in use of Geographic Information Systems.
  • Strong scientific programming skills.
  • Experience working on Applied Science projects and knowledge of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program.
  • Experience in writing scientific proposals to NASA and other state or federal agencies.

Working Conditions:

This job is largely a sedentary role and operates primarily in a professional office environment. Incumbents will constantly perform desk-based computer tasks. Keyboarding for large time spans each day will be a significant part of this position. The employee may need to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

The employee must be capable of performing all duties in a technical/scientific setting including offices and laboratories.

This job may require extended work hours, evening and weekends in order to meet milestones/deadlines.


Attending scientific conferences 1-2 times per year.

All interested candidates must apply directly on our website at

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