This Visiting Associate Scientist position is to address research questions that would advance our understanding of how solar forcing interacts with the Earth’s climate system, especially in the upper atmosphere-ionosphere region. The work will be conducted collaboratively with researchers of the Climate and Radiation Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The incumbent will formulate novel research hypothesis and test them by carrying out data analysis and/or modeling of solar irradiance measurements to enhance our knowledge of the relationship between solar irradiance variability and the Earth’s climate system (including the mesosphere and lower thermosphere region). The work will require using past and current sensors in space.
* Analyze solar forcing and Earth Observing System data sets
* Utilize spaceborne observations from past and current systems (e.g. COSMIC, SORCE, TSIS-1)
* Run an irradiance model and analyze simulation results
* Contribute to NASA Goddard’s Climate and Radiation Laboratory on-going projects
* Participate in scientific meetings, and engage with colleagues and collaborators pursuing related research questions
* Prepare research results for publication in reports, papers, journals, books, and other media.
* Write several publications of considerable interest and value to the field as evidenced by favorable reviews, by citation in the work of others, by presenting papers to professional societies, and/or will have contributed inventions, new designs or research, which are of material significance in the solution of important applied problems.
* Prepare seminars, talks or lectures for dissemination of knowledge, particularly the results of research undertaken.
**Other job related duties as assigned**
* 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.
* Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Remote Sensing, Mathematics, Physics or related field
* 0-5 years’ experience in a related field
* Experience with the joint U.S.-Taiwanese project named Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC), which carried three space-based instruments, would be preferred
**Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:**
* Advanced programming skills (Matlab, Python, or open source languages) to work effectively with satellite observations and simulation results
* Must have presented and published in peer-reviewed journal articles fine research results that have advanced the field.
* Experience with spaceborne measurements of solar radiation for Earth sciences
* Working knowledge of state-of-the-art methods for spatial statistical analysis
* Good oral and written communication skills
* Demonstrated abilities to disseminate science
* Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques; communicate with a broad range of scientists and engineers in a high-pressure, results-oriented context.
* Speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
* Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others in a research environment to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance team effectiveness.
* Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
* Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
* Advanced experimental and analytical skills.
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.
Up to 25%
Applicants should apply to the posting at **https://usracareers.silkroad.com/** and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita. Additional information on USRA can be found at **www.usra.edu**.
USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.
*Tracking Code:* 1022-200
*Job Location:* Greenbelt, Maryland, United States
*Position Type:* Full-Time/Regular