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Research Scientist position: Atmospheric Methane Modeler and Data Analyst

GESTAR II Consortium at Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland
Closing date
Apr 7, 2023

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Atmospheric Sciences, Earth and Space Science Informatics
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Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
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Research Scientist position: Atmospheric Methane Modeler and Data Analyst 


Description of Responsibilities


The GESTAR II Consortium at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks an Atmospheric Methane Modeler and Data Analyst in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This center is a world leader in developing satellite datasets of atmospheric trace gasses and aerosols for stratospheric ozone layer and air pollution research. 


Primary duties include:


  • Leading independent and team-oriented scientific analyses of satellite data and simulated data of atmospheric methane and related atmospheric constituents.


    Communicating the research in scientific, peer-reviewed publications and presentations at both national and international conferences.


    Securing methane research funding by leading and/or contributing to scientific proposals, primarily submitted to NASA research announcements.


    Managing existing projects and developing new project concepts that enable climate research within the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory. 


    Working in a team-oriented environment with NASA personnel and building collaborations with scientific researchers both inside and outside of NASA.


Desired Experience 


  • Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, or related.


    Processing and analyzing large satellite and/or simulated datasets of methane and other atmospheric constituents.


    Researching atmospheric climate gasses and climate change.



Desired Skills


  • Knowledge of one or more data processing languages, such as FORTRAN, IDL, C++, and Python.


    Experience running, processing, and analyzing output from atmospheric chemistry transport models.


    Proven ability to communicate scientific research in scientific publications and presentations.



Position Location


Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.




The successful candidate will join the GESTAR II Consortium which supports over 120 researchers based primarily at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). GESTAR II researchers work to create extensive opportunities for breakthroughs in earth and atmospheric science research, carrying out observational, experimental and theoretical research in support of NASA strategic Earth Science mission objectives.


Goddard’s Earth Science Division is home to about 200 civil servants and over 1200 collaborating researchers and support personnel., dedicated to studying the Earth as an integrated system that includes the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, cryosphere, and geosphere. The Division operates as a component of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate that collaborate on interdisciplinary research with the Astrophysics Science, Heliophysics Science, and Solar System Exploration Divisions.


How to Apply


Candidates should provide three (3) items for a complete application: a cover letter, CV (including publication list) and a 3-page statement of research interests. Short-listed candidates will be asked to supply three letters of reference at a later date. All materials and inquiries should be sent by email Subject line: Task 179: Atmospheric Methane Modeler and Data Analyst to: Halley Thompson  


Completed applications received by May 26, 2023 will receive full consideration, however the posting will remain open until the position is filled. 


The nominal starting date is in early Fall 2023, but alternate dates are possible depending on availability. 


Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The GESTAR II consortium and NASA/GSFC are committed to building a diverse group and encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. All GESTAR II institutions are Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employers. 


GESTAR II employees work in a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, GESTAR II will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S. or have other protected status under 8. U.S.C.1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here.


For more information about the proposed research, contact Dr.  Bryan N. Duncan ( 



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