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[Met-jobs] NASA JPL Postdoctoral position in atmospheric remote sounding algorithm development and data analysis

From "Livesey, Nathaniel J (3290)" <>
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Date Tue, 3 Jul 2018 20:41:32 +0000

NASA JPL Postdoctoral position in atmospheric remote sounding algorithm development and data analysis


We are seeking applications for a postdoctoral research position in JPL's Earth Science Section. The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr. Nathaniel Livesey, and join JPL's "Stratosphere and Upper Troposphere" group that is responsible for various projects, notably the "Microwave Limb Sounder" (MLS) instrument on NASA's Aura satellite. While the active sounding effort is the main focus and overriding priority of the work, opportunities to participate in and contribute to other activities within the group can be anticipated.  The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with Dr. Livesey, resulting in publications in the open literature.


The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing retrieval and data analysis algorithms for a new active microwave occultation atmospheric composition remote sounding concept under development within NASA's "Instrument Incubator Program". The work will include constructing several end-to-end measurement simulators, including those for an in-space configuration of the concept, for balloon-borne proof-of-concept flights, and for use during system testing in laboratory and radar-range environments. The candidate will play a leading role in work to map between measurement requirements/capabilities and instrument specifications/performance. Participation in the field during airborne testing is also anticipated.


Suitable candidates will hold a PhD or equivalent in Atmospheric Science or a closely-related field and have strong expertise in developing and using algorithms and software for analyzing remote sounding atmospheric observations from space and/or other vantage points. A robust computational science experience should underpin that expertise. Good communication skills and a desire to work in a collaborative team environment are essential also.

Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.


For more information, and to apply, see:

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at


Nathaniel Livesey
Mail Stop 183-701, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109.
Phone: +1 818 354-4214   Fax: +1 818 393-5065


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