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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: Postdoctoral Researcher / Scientist with Goddard Earth Sciences Technology & Research (GESTAR)

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Date Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:43:20 -0600

The land surface data assimilation group at the Global Modeling and 
Assimilation Office (GMAO) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is seeking a 
postdoctoral researcher or scientist to support the assimilation of satellite 
data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and Soil Moisture 
Ocean Salinity (SMOS) missions to improve the global estimation of soil 
moisture. This position is for two years, with the possibility of a one-year 

Job Description
The scientist will develop and implement a joint GRACE and SMOS assimilation 
component within the Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) model and its 
associated Data Assimilation System (DAS) at the GMAO. The joint assimilation 
of GRACE derived terrestrial water storage variations and SMOS brightness 
temperature is expected to improve the estimation of root-zone soil moisture.

Required Skills
- A PhD in Hydrology, Atmospheric Sciences, or equivalent experience is needed.
- Experience of coding and running global land surface models and data 
assimilation systems on high-end computing systems is highly desirable.
- Hands-on ability to run data-processing applications such as Matlab, IDL, or 
GrADS is needed.
- A proven ability to communicate through conference presentations and 
scientific publications is needed.

More Information
The position is with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) under 
the Goddard Earth Sciences Technology & Research (GESTAR) cooperative agreement 
between NASA/GSFC and USRA.

The job-ad can be found here:

Applicants should submit their resume on-line through the USRA webpage listed 

Applications will be evaluated starting March 15, 2013, but applications will 
be accepted until the position is filled.

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