Cal/Val Scientist for Advanced Baseline Imager

The Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS) is seeking a scientist.


Date posted

Feb. 16, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

Mar. 16, 2021 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS)


  • United States

Job description

Cal/Val Scientist for Advanced Baseline Imager


Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021


The Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS) is a NOAA cooperative institute hosted at the University of Maryland's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC).  It is seeking a scientist to support the calibration and validation of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES-16/17/T/U and the Imager on earlier GOES.  

The candidate will join a team that will plan and prepare for satellite instrument calibration before launch; execute and report the Post-Launch Tests (PLT) and Post-Launch Product Tests (PLPT); assess and monitor the accuracy of radiometric and geometric calibration for all channels of GOES imaging systems that are in operation; detect and verify reported calibration anomaly; investigate root cause of anomaly; propose, evaluate, and recommend options to correct, upgrade, or improve calibration algorithm; verify and evaluate the implementation of modification; and communicate with various stakeholders about the satellite instrument calibration.


The candidate must have:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a physical science or engineering;
  • Skills of quantitative data analytics;
  • Experience with processing remote sensing data using a variety of languages such as IDL, Python, MatLab, C++, FORTRAN, etc.;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Communication (verbal and written) proficiency; and
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident (“Green Card”).

Additionally, desirable experience and skills include:

  • Post-graduate degree;
  • Experience with satellite data applications or satellite senor calibration and  characterization; and
  • Peer-reviewed publications or oral presentation at major science conferences.

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