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Visiting Scientist in Greenbelt, MD at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 4/12/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Greenbelt, MD
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  • Experience:
    Not Specified
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Job Description

This position is within the Hydrological Sciences Lab (Code 617) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in support of the landslide modeling effort, which estimates potential landslide activity triggered by rainfall.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Development of new metrics for model evaluation.
  • Responsible for leading own research in guiding how landslide risk models can be used in different communities, as well as leading the integration of these models within their structure.
  • Involves engagement with end users to define relevant applications of this work.
  • Responsible for publishing this work in relevant peer-reviewed journals as well as developing open source code packages to accompany existing modeling 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.
  • Other job related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:


Ph.D. in an earth science discipline


  • 1-2 years’ experience post Ph.D. in an earth science discipline

Licenses, Certifications:  


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Software knowledge: Python, Matlab, ArcGIS, & R.
  • Sound scientific writing abilities
  • Proven ability to communicate scientific results through presentations and scientific publications.
  • Proven ability to communicate scientific results through presentations and scientific publications.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Function independently or as part of a team, with minimal direct supervision.


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