Researcher in Ice Sheet/Sea Ice Modeling

UMD/ESSIC is looking to hire a researcher to work on a newly-funded NASA project on ice sheet/sea ice modeling & data assimilation.


Date posted

June 2, 2022 12:45 pm

Application deadline

June 30, 2022 11:45 pm


The University of Maryland/ESSIC


  • United States

Job description

UMD/ESSIC is looking to hire a researcher to work on a newly-funded NASA project on ice sheet/sea ice modeling & data assimilation. The primary goal of the project is to help constrain requirements for a future NASA surface topography mission using novel sea ice and ice sheet Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs). The role in the project will be to help configure and run climate models (CICE and ISSM), assist with the development of new satellite emulators (using NCAR's DART), and oversee data assimilation simulations together with project partners at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), University of Maryland and University of Washington. An open science approach will be strongly encouraged throughout the project.


We are looking to hire a motivated and considerate team player who can help us collectively achieve our primary science goals. We are also keen to help you grow in this role and will provide training and mentorship opportunities where needed. This role will particularly suit someone looking to develop a more team-based approach to engaging with science, where first-author publications are not a strict requirement. Our project team recognizes the benefits of contributions from a broad range of perspectives. We thus particularly welcome applications from historically underrepresented groups within our field. International applications are welcome also as visa sponsorship is possible.

Qualifications  include (i) configuring and running climate model components, (ii) writing and adapting FORTRAN and/or Python code (and possibly Julia), (iii) contributing to open-source code using version control, (iv) supercomputing/cloud computing experience, (v) sea-ice or ice-sheet altimetry processing, (vi) data assimilation techniques (e.g., ensemble Kalman filters).

We are flexible in the type of position we can hire, but it will likely be at the rank of Postdoctoral Associate, Assistant Research Scientist or Faculty Specialist (PhD not required for this title).

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a CV with a list of at least 3 professional references and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the posted requirements to


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