[ES_JOBS_NET] GNSS Remote Sensing Scientist - Project Scientist I/II, COSMIC, UCAR, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Tue Jun 3 09:40:35 MDT 2014


*GNSS Remote Sensing Scientist - Project Scientist I/II *

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Job Description

    *PLEASE NOTE: *This is a new, full-time position. Initial
    consideration will be given to applications received prior to 4:00
    p.m. (MDT) on Friday, June 6, 2014. Thereafter, applications will be
    reviewed on an as-needed basis.

    UCAR Community Programs (UCP) - COSMIC*


    Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR's relocation policy

    If necessary, UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.)
    to fill this position.


    *BASIC JOB FUNCTION*: Leads the development, analysis and science
    applications of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) low Earth
    orbit (LEO) data for Precise Orbit Determination (POD) and
    atmospheric excess phase computation for radio occultation (RO)
    missions at the COSMIC Program Office. Leads the development and
    utilization of COSMIC data products and from additional sensors,
    including laser retro-reflector (SLR), for near real-time and
    post-processing applications. Serves as POD expert for COSMIC and
    COSMIC-2, and other missions as required.



    Maintains and improves CDAAC's space-based GNSS processing system --
    algorithm development to invert, analyze, and combine data from
    satellite payloads as necessary for extraction of most accurate POD
    and excess phase products, etc. Conducts research to expand existing
    software capabilities for operational near-real time processing,
    post-processing, and re-analysis for current and future missions.
    Processes and provides additional GNSS products using CDAAC tools to
    benefit the RO science and geodetic community.

    Conducts and leads independent and collaborative science
    investigations on the application of COSMIC data to RO and geodetic
    science applications, represent COSMIC program at conferences and
    meetings, conduct research and publish papers, review papers,
    participate in proposals for outside funding; contributes to
    scientific progress reports. Stays informed on new developments in
    the field relevant to the use of COSMIC data for POD, radio
    occultation processing, and geodesy. Provides education and outreach
    support to community.

    Plans and conducts research to develop data validation procedures,
    Quality Control methods, and accurate error characterizations for
    POD and atmospheric excess phase products. Organizes acquisition of
    satellite laser retro-reflector data with the International Laser
    Ranging Service (ILRS) for COSMIC-2 mission. Uses SLR data to
    improve/tune POD performance and to validate POD products for all RO
    missions with laser retro-reflectors.

    Provides technical expertise to the COSMIC operations and science
    teams related to GNSS processing. Serves as technical resource to
    research and operational users of COSMIC and COSMIC-2 POD and excess
    phase products. Operations support involves answering questions and
    monitoring and trouble shooting the automated CDAAC data processing
    and scientific payloads.


    Education and Experience:

      * Ph.D. in Physics, Geophysics, Mathematics, Atmospheric Science,
        Aerospace Engineering or related field, and
      * one to two years of experience as post-doc; or
      * an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

      * Demonstrated experience using GNSS data processing software for
        POD applications
      * Demonstrated understanding of state estimation and dynamic and
        reduced-dynamic POD techniques
      * Understanding of GNSS measurement modeling and remote sensing
      * Experience developing GNSS POD software
      * High skill in mathematics
      * Strong programming skills in Fortran, C, Perl
      * Knowledge of UNIX / Linux operating systems
      * Science background in Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Geophysics
        or similar field
      * Ability to work independently as well as a team member in a
        collaborative environment
      * Ability to write scientific manuscripts and present results in
        seminars and conferences
      * Ability to establish and maintain effective scientific
        collaborations inside and outside organization.
      * Demonstrated excellence and productivity in scientific research,
        as evidenced in refereed journal and conference publications.
      * Ability to write proposals for research opportunities.
      * Excellent English oral and written communications skills

    *DESIRED (but not required)*:

    In order to qualify for the PS II level position, the majority of
    the following skills/experience must be met:

      * Experience with University of Berne Bernese GNSS Processing
      * Experience serving as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on
        science proposals
      * Demonstrated ability to write and contribute to proposals that
        fund project/program
      * Demonstrated skill in leading the planning and managing of
        projects to meet objectives and deadlines
      * Demonstrated skill in establishing, leading and maintaining
        effective scientific collaborations inside and outside organization
      * Demonstrated experience SLR data processing
      * Experience managing personnel and budgets

    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an
    *equal opportunity employer*
    <http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf>. We
    evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
    religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
    sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran

Job Location
    Boulder, Colorado, United States 
Position Type

Appointment Type
Regular, Full-Time (R1)

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