Visiting Scientist I (732-200)

Greenbelt, Maryland
Mar 21, 2018
Apr 20, 2018
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation

The goal of this collaborative research is to improve our knowledge on global cloud properties and the Earth’s radiation budget through analyzing satellite, in situ, and surface observations. Numerical modeling results will also be used. The GESTAR investigator will conduct research on the radiative transfer processes in the atmosphere and clouds and provide support to multiple NASA projects.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Analyze data from NASA satellites including the A-train satellites, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) etc. to address Earth science questions, especially those on cloud properties and radiation budget.
  • Conduct radiative transfer calculations and single column model simulations as needed.
  • Participate in scientific meetings, develop scientific papers, and engage with colleagues pursuing related research questions.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to technicians, students, fellow postdocs, and others carrying out related 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:


  • Master’s degree in Remote Sensing, Atmospheric Sciences or related field; PhD is a plus.            


  • Extensive experiences in computer programming and the supporting languages such as IDL, Fortran, python, c++ etc..
  • 2 years’ experience in remote sensing data analysis and atmospheric radiative transfer modeling.
  • Familiarity with global/regional climate modeling.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  

  • Solid understanding of atmospheric remote sensing, radiative transfer theory and modeling.
  • Knowledge of cloud physics, snow/ice properties, and/or numerical modeling.
  • Proven ability to communicate scientific results through presentations and scientific publications.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Multitasking capability
  • Function independently or as part of a team, with minimal direct supervision.
  • Proposal writing experience, a plus.

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