Research Associate - Earth System Science Center SPoRT Air Quality and TEMPO Science & Applications

We are currently seeking a research associate to provide support to NASA SPoRT science and application activities related to NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission and SPoRT’s health and air quality thematic areas.

 

Date posted

June 15, 2022 10:15 am

Application deadline

July 15, 2022 5:00 pm

Organization

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Location

  • United States

Job description

We are currently seeking a research associate to provide support to NASA SPoRT science and application activities related to NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission and SPoRT’s health and air quality thematic areas. The position will be located at the National Space Science & Technology Center in Huntsville, Alabama and will support the scientific development and application of satellite remote sensing products. SPoRT is a NASA project to transition unique observations and research capabilities to the operational weather community to improve short-term forecasts on a regional scale. Based at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, SPoRT is collaborating with the University of Alabama in Huntsville to provide direct science support along with science and technical coordination in the areas of weather, climate, air quality, natural disasters, satellite remote sensing, and data science and applications.

Responsibilities:

● Assist in the coordination of science applications being planned for the NASA TEMPO mission
● Provide scientific expertise to facilitate applied science studies in satellite remote sensing and health & air quality, including as documented in the TEMPO Green Paper
● Design higher level (level 3+), value-added TEMPO products for applied science studies and manage data distribution to science investigators
● Process and analyze near real-time TEMPO data products to aid disaster response efforts in coordination with the NASA Disasters Team (e.g. in the areas of wildfire smoke and volcanoes)
● Develop synergistic products from TEMPO, ABI, and GLM data to enhance science applications, with special attention on wildfire smoke and lightning NOx ● Aid in the analysis of science experiments (e.g. soil and lightning NOx)
● Support the SPoRT center projects and participate in proposals for new research funding
● Actively participate and support SPoRT stakeholders through workshops and meetings
● Occasional travel to major scientific conferences and meetings to present research results will be expected
 
Key Requirements and Education
 
● Minimum Master’s of Science in environmental science, meteorology, atmospheric science, Earth science, environmental public health, or a closely related discipline; however a PhD is preferred
● Ability to perform satellite and geophysical data processing, analysis, and visualization (preferred experience would include the following sensors TEMPO, MODIS, VIIRS, OMI, ABI, TROPOMI, EPIC)
● Strong programming background in Python and/or other programming languages.
● Understanding of remote sensing theory, satellite data applications, air pollution chemistry, and meteorological principles
● Excellent verbal and written communications skills
● Willingness to work closely with others in a team environment
● Desire to participate in science workshops and conferences, as well as in publishing results
● Experience with machine learning techniques with satellite and/or model datasets and working with large datasets is desirable but not required for the position
● Experience with land surface remote sensing and modeling (e.g., LIS, SMAP, Noah-MP) or air quality forecast models (WRF with Chemistry) is desirable but not required for the position
 
Direct link to position on UAH website:
 
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER OF MINORITIES/FEMALES/VETERANS/DISABLED
 

For more details

https://careers.uah.edu/cw/en-us/job/497329/research-associate