Staff Scientist

California, United States
05 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Summary

The Staff Scientist will study physical and chemical processes in planetary atmospheres.

Job Duties

  • Inversion of Jupiter radiance data from the microwave radiometer (MWR) on the Juno spacecraft.
  • Use the MWR data to map the ammonia-mixing ratio as a function of latitude and altitude.
  • Develop a three-dimensional cloud-resolving numerical model of Jupiter's atmosphere.
  • Use the numerical model in combination with MWR data to infer the water vapor mixing ratio as a function of latitude and altitude.
  • Use the ammonia and water distributions to study cloud microphysics - particle composition, size, fall speed, and number density.
  • Study radiative heating and cooling in giant planet atmospheres.
  • Study hydrocarbon chemistry in Titan's atmosphere.
  • Study Jupiter's polar cyclones using a hierarchy of numerical models, starting with a reduced-gravity shallow-water model.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in atmospheric science or its equivalent is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • The holder of this position must understand radiative transfer and have experience inverting radiance data to infer physical and chemical parameters of a planetary atmosphere
  • The holder of this position must understand atmospheric dynamics and have experience developing and running three-dimensional dynamical models
  • The holder of this position must have experience running and interpreting photochemical models of planetary atmospheres
  • At least one year's experience at the post-doctoral level is preferred

Required Documents

  • Resume