Postdoctoral Fellow - Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
24 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University (CSU) is a multi-million dollar research organization located on CSU’s Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. CIRA is a cooperative institute that is also a research department within CSU’s College of Engineering, in partnership with the Department of Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research, leveraging both national and international resources and partnerships, and assisting NOAA, Colorado State University, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our research to areas of societal benefit. Expanding on this Vision, our Mission is to serve as a nexus for multi-disciplinary cooperation among CI and NOAA research scientists, University faculty, staff and students in the context of NOAA-specified research theme areas in satellite applications for weather/climate forecasting. Important bridging elements of the CI include the communication of research findings to the international scientific community, transition of applications and capabilities to NOAA operational users, education and training programs for operational user proficiency, outreach programs to K-12 education and the general public for environmental literacy, and understanding and quantifying the societal impacts of NOAA research.

Position Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University seeks to fill 1-3 postdoctoral fellowships 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.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category SST Product Improvement Duty/Responsibility

• 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.

Percentage Of Time 75 Job Duty Category Dissemination of Results Duty/Responsibility

Publish research results in peer-reviewed literature and present at national/international conferences.

Percentage Of Time 25

Application Details

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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EEO Statement

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