JCSDA Project Scientist II-New and Improved Observations (NIO) Project

This position is under the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) and provides partial support in a leadership role for the New and Improved Observations (NIO) project. The NIO project within the JCSDA is tasked with advancing the state-of-the-art research in satellite data assimilation. This overarching goal has multiple elements that interconnect the fields of environmental science, numerical weather prediction, and satellite remote sensing.

The NIO team is focused on two main objectives: ensuring Sensor Readiness to accelerate the assimilation of new satellite instruments and optimizing the use of existing satellite observations (e.g. all-sky and all-surface satellite radiance assimilation). Both of these goal sets include specific and direct collaboration with research scientists and JCSDA partners: NASA/GMAO, NOAA/NWS, NOAA/NESDIS, NOAA/OAR, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Oceanographer of the Navy, and the US Air Force 557th Weather Wing.

Where You Will Work

This position will be located in College Park, MD. Relocation Assistance is available.

What You Will Do

This project will result in reduced overlap in development work, facilitate transition from research to operational implementation, which is expected to optimize and accelerate the assimilation of new observations and in particular new satellite data.

  • Provide leadership in collaboration with senior management for the creation of Readiness Action Plans. Coordination with JCSDA operational partners, detailing the optimal methodologies for ingesting and assimilating observations from each new sensor (or to address degraded or modified sensors, as needed).
  • Supervise the work of other team members, especially regarding the scientific strategy to improve the assimilation of all-sky and all-surface satellite radiances. Quarterly reports to the JCSDA are expected and daily interaction with government scientists and contractors, and other members of the NIO project. Acts as an advisor to senior management, develops proposals, and serves as a Principal Investigator or Co-PI regularly.
  • Assess the fundamental quality of newly available observations. Coordinate access to and handling of properly formatted (BUFR) data for evaluation and use in operational or operations parallel data assimilation (DA) and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) modeling environments, i.e. global Hybrid 4DEnVar DA system. Perform basic quality assessments of new data in these environments.
  • Authoring scientific reports/resource publications, and attending/giving presentations at national and international scientific conferences may be expected. 

The above statements describe the primary work being performed.  Additional tasks may be assigned from time to time.

Decision Making & Problem Solving

In consultation with peers, develop innovative and ingenious solutions to very complex technical problems.

What You Need

  • Ph.D. in a relevant science, and at least three years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong programming skills (particularly FORTRAN) and ability to work as a part of a larger group using a code management environment (e.g., git) in an Agile software development context.
  • Good interpersonal skills, highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Advanced skills in planning and managing project goals and objectives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with an emphasis in technical communication.

This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance requirements.

Desired Skills

Expert knowledge in one of the following topics is required and some familiarity with the other topics: satellite remote sensing, inverse modeling, and data assimilation.

Other Requirements

Must have a record of regular publications and must have received some level of national recognition (conference presentations, awards, etc.).

How to Apply

Please visit UCAR Silkroad to apply.

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