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[Met-jobs] Scientist, Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3)

From "Payne, Vivienne H (US 329I)" <>
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Date Tue, 29 Oct 2019 22:28:46 +0000

 The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology 
invites applications for a temporary full time scientist position.

Job Title: Scientist, Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3)
Location: Pasadena, CA

OCO-3 was installed on the International Space Station on May of 2019. It will 
be in operations for 3 years, measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide. In addition 
to global sampling data, OCO-3 will collect a new type of measurement, called 
Snapshot Area Maps. These dense measurements, where our ~2km by ~2km footprints 
will sample an area of at least 50km by 50km in 2 minutes, are collected over 
cities, powerplants and volcanoes, as well as field campaign regions and focus 
regions for the study of terrestrial carbon.

For information about Earth Science at JPL, please visit

The successful candidate will:

-       Work with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3) science and 
validation teams to analyze targeted satellite retrievals of carbon dioxide 
over cities. 
-       Compare the OCO-3 observations with output from regional models and 
evaluate model/data agreement as a function of key retrieval diagnostics
-       Interpret the OCO-3 data in the context of ancillary pollution data 
such as NO2 retrievals from the TROPOMI satellite instrument
-       Publish scientific findings in top-tiered per-reviewed scientific 
journals as well as presenting results in relevant science team meetings, 
workshops and conferences.

Note: As a temporary position, this assignment may last up to 36 months in 
duration with approvals based on 12 month assignments.  However, please note 
that you are not under any employment contract and your temporary employment 
status can be terminated at any time, with or without notice.

We require a PhD in Atmospheric Science, Geophysics or a related technical 
discipline. The successful candidate will possess advanced knowledge of one or 
more of the following areas: carbon cycle science, atmospheric composition, air 
quality. In addition, the successful candidate will have demonstrated 
experience with analysis and interpretation of large remote sensing datasets, 
including consideration of quality screening and sensitivity diagnostics and 
experience in the use of datasets covering a variety of spatial scales. The 
successful candidate must also have experience in regional atmospheric 
transport modeling. Applicants should have strong programming skills in one or 
more languages. Ideally, programming skills will include both Fortran and 
Python.  The successful candidate will also have excellent oral (including 
public speaking) and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills 
and demonstrated experience of working in a team environment. Preference will 
be given to candidates that have experience in using one or more of the OCO-2 
Level 2 dataset, GOSAT Level 2 dataset and the TROPOMI trace gas products and 
that have previously worked on inverse modeling to quantify trace gas sources 
and/or sinks, particularly point source emissions.

Complete applications will include a cover letter, curriculum vita including a 
bibliography of refereed and other work, a statement on research experience and 
research objectives, and contact information for at least three professional 

Please visit (Job ID 2019-11149) to view the full description 
and apply. Applications received by November 18, 2019 will receive full 

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