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Research Associate

Huntsville, Alabama
The approximate starting salary is $52,216 - $87,741 with an excellent benefits package.
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Jun 8, 2024

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville is accepting applications for the regular full-time position of Research Associate V.  This position will  provide support to NASA SPoRT science and application activities related to the air quality thematic area, with special attention on using satellite data from the TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution) mission, launched in April 2023. The position will be located at the National Space Science & Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and will support the scientific development and application of satellite remote sensing products.


Some of the duties/responsibilities include:

• Assist in the coordination of science applications being planned for the upcoming satellite missions, particularly such as NASA's Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO mission)
• Provide scientific expertise to facilitate applied science studies in satellite remote sensing and air quality modeling and health air quality
• Design value-added data products for applied science studies using current satellite air pollution instruments, including TROPOMI and the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) and TEMPO missions and model forecast data.
• Process and analyze near real-time satellite data products to aid operational air quality monitoring and disaster response (e.g. wildfire smoke, volcanoes, and industrial accidents).
• Support the SPoRT center projects and participate in proposals for new research funding.
• Actively participate and support SPoRT stakeholders through workshops and meetings.
• Occasional travel to major scientific conferences and meetings to present research results.


Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, Environmental Public Health or a closely related discipline and 2-7 years of full-time verifiable work experience. Ability to perform satellite and geophysical data processing, analysis, and visualization (preferred experience includes the following sensors: TROPOMI, MODIS, VIIRS, ABI). Strong programming background in Python and/or other programming languages. Understanding of remote sensing theory, satellite data applications, air pollution chemistry, and meteorological principles.


Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, Environmental Public Health or a closely related discipline. Experience with machine learning techniques using satellite and/or model datasets. Experience with land surface remote sensing and modeling (e.g., LIS, SMAP, Noah-MP) or air quality forecast models (e.g., GEOS-CF, WRF coupled with Chemistry.


The approximate starting salary is $52,216 - $87,741 with an excellent benefits package.  To ensure full consideration, qualified applicants should apply on-line at and apply for the position of Research Associate V.




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