Research Associate

Huntsville, Alabama
Salary range is $43,209 - $$45,000 with an excellent benefits package
Aug 24, 2017
Sep 23, 2017
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Research Associate II – Earth System Science Center


SERVIR Regional Science Associate (x3) for Eastern & Southern Africa, Amazonia, and Lower Mekong


The University of Alabama in Huntsville is currently seeking three (3) Research Associates to provide support for SERVIR science activities at its regional hubs in (1) Eastern & Southern Africa, (2) Amazonia, and (3) Lower Mekong. These three positions will be located at the National Space Science & Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama but will support activities domestically and internationally, including travel.  The positions could begin as early as October 2017.

SERVIR is a NASA and USAID joint project that enables the use of Earth observations and geospatial technologies for improved societal decision-making in key regions. SERVIR Science Coordination Office (SCO) at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama is collaborating with the University of Alabama in Huntsville to provide SERVIR hub direct science support, and science and technical coordination.

SERVIR is active in East Africa, West Africa, Hindu Kush Himalaya, Southeast Asia, and is growing to other parts of the world, including Amazonia. SERVIR hub institutions provide a key interface between the needs of SERVIR regions and the potential use of Earth observations and geospatial technologies and also provide a critical technical support to regional and national governmental institutions.


  • Provide assistance to the Regional Science Coordination Lead(s)
  • Develop products (tools, applications, datasets) using Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)/remote sensing analysis
  • Coordinate a variety of GIS datasets, including downloads, processing, maintenance and archiving
  • Distill the following into succinct messages and/or one page reports
  • Organize regional scientific articles and reports
  • Organize regional publications from the SERVIR Science Coordination Office and Applied Sciences Team (AST)
  • Develop story maps to communicate geospatial analysis and thematic services provided to SERVIR regions
  • Support development of SERVIR reporting materials (highlights, annual report, etc.)
  • Develop and provide training materials for the global network
  • Develop/co-develop scientific publication(s)
  • Attend domestic and international scientific meetings and workshops
  • Test products and tools created by the Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) team, Hubs and AST
  • Support disaster response

Key Requirements and Education

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science, Environmental Science, or similar field; however a Master’s degree is desired
  • 12-15 months of full-time verifiable work experience with a background in Earth Science and a demonstrated understanding of environmental concerns and needs in developing regions
  • Experience in capacity building processes involving regional thematic experts
  • Experience designing and conducting applied research projects that use satellite images and geospatial data in the field of Earth and environmental sciences
  • Strong experience in programming and/or scripting in open source applications for geospatial analysis
  • Experience coordinating among peers and management in both face-to-face and virtual or remote environments
  • Strong experience with GIS and remote sensing analyses
  • Capacity to understand and learn about different cultures
  • Organizational skills
  • Aptitude for coordination
  • Works well on a team
  • Strong communication skills
  • Written and spoken Spanish fluency is a requirement for the SERVIR-Amazonia position

The estimated salary for this position is $43,209 - $45,000.  To ensure full consideration, qualified applicants should apply on-line at and apply for the Research Associate II (step 1)/Earth System Science Center/RL3794 position.