Deputy Project Scientist

the University of Oklahoma is looking to hire a Deputy Project Scientist


Date posted

July 27, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

Aug. 27, 2021 12:00 am


The NASA Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, GeoCarb


  • United States

Job description

The NASA Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, GeoCarb, will record high-resolution, nearinfrared
spectra of reflected sunlight from geostationary orbit above North and South America, aboard a commercial communications satellite. These data will be analyzed to retrieve spatiallyresolved estimates of the atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide as well as solar induced chlorophyll fluorescence from plants on land. The mission will launch in 2023-2024 and gather data for at least 3 years (

The University of Oklahoma (OU) and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center co-lead the GeoCarb mission during its development phase. The instrument is being built and tested at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California. The science algorithms and ground data processing system are being developed at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. OU is responsible for GeoCarb mission management after launch, and as such, we are seeking to build the capacity needed for a successful mission, including project
management, instrument science, and mission operations.

OU is seeking a Deputy Project Scientist that will support the continued advancement of the science objectives of GeoCarb to start as soon as possible.

Job Description
The selected candidate will

  1. Help manage the science segments of GeoCarb: algorithm development, calibration, validation, science operations planning, and applications in conjunction with the Project Scientist, 
  2. Coordinate science publications and presentations on GeoCarb-related science activities,
  3. Serve as an ambassador for GeoCarb to the international science community,
  4. Conduct original research on carbon cycle processes using observations from airborne and ground based trace gas observations, as well as measurements from space-borne sensors such as OCO-2/3, GOSAT, TROPOMI, and the future GeoCarb mission. 

Applicants should possess a PhD in atmospheric sciences, ecology, biogeochemistry, statistics, or related fields and a publication record related to carbon cycle and atmospheric sciences. Experience with remote sensing measurements of trace gases is essential. Additionally, the successful candidate will have some management experience related to instrument development, algorithm development, or a related area.

Interested candidates should send a CV, research/career statement, and reference list to

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