Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics
The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University seeks to fill 1 postdoctoral fellowship for its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) in College Park, Maryland (office will be in College Park).
The Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Team within the Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division (SOCD) of the Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) of NOAA/NESDIS seeks to develop improved SST products from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard S-NPP and JPSS satellites, and from the Advanced Himawari and Baseline Imagers (AHI/ABI) flown onboard geostationary Himawari and GOES-R. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) onboard Terra and Aqua platforms, the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers (AVHRR) onboard NOAA and MetOp satellites, and the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infra-Red Imagers (SEVIRI) onboard Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) will be also used. Radiative transfer modeling, mathematical inversions, sensors performance analyses, improved cloud screening and SST algorithms, including SST validation and quality control, are key elements of the new development.
The individual in this position will be a member of the SST Team and will be responsible for the development of improved SST and cloud mask algorithms for VIIRS, AHI, ABI, AVHRR, MODIS and SEVIRI.
Required Job Qualifications
- PhD in a quantitative field of research (Physics/Math/Stat/Remote Sensing/Meteorology) completed by date of hire;
- Solid quantitative educational background in fundamental Physics, Mathematics and Statistics;
- Proven list of deliverables (peer-reviewed publications, derived products, etc.);
- Willingness and ability to conduct independent research (from problem definition to technical solution to documentation in peer-reviewed literature and science conferences) while being a team player.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Expertise in cloud screening and calibration of satellite sensor data, mathematical inversions;
- Expertise in SST and Aerosol retrieval algorithms from space;
- Expertise in radiative transfer modeling (RTM) in the thermal IR and Visible using RTM;
- Expertise in radiation properties of aerosols and their effect on SST;
- proficiency with global data handling and quality control procedures;
- proficiency with IDL, Fortran, and Unix/Unix scripts programming.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category
SST Product Improvement
- Processing global SST data, in near-real time;
- Developing and testing new cloud screening and SST algorithms;
- Radiative transfer modeling using Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM);
- Optimization of cloud screening, constraining cloud mask and SST algorithms based on NWP upper air fields;
- Use of global NCEP and ECMWF data analysis and forecast, and their use in conjunction with CRTM;
- Improving sensor calibration techniques and quality control of satellite radiance.
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Job Duty Category
Dissemination of Results
Publish research results in peer-reviewed literature and present at national/international conferences.
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Special Instructions to Applicants
References may be contacted immediately and without further notification to the candidate.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
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