[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc – Software Development Framework Connecting Models, Remote Sensing Data, and Field Measurements, JPL/NASA

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Tue Dec 8 15:12:12 MST 2015


Contact:Dr. Joshua Fisher
Email:Joshua.B.Fisher at jpl.nasa.gov 
<mailto:Joshua.B.Fisher at jpl.nasa.gov?subject=Research%20Opportunity:%200000624>
Address:4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 233-304, Pasadena, CA 91109
Date Posted:12/07/2015
Application Deadline:03/31/2016
Research Opportunity:0000624
Group Name:Earth Science Section
*Position Title:*Postdoc – Software Development Framework Connecting 
Models, Remote Sensing Data, and Field Measurements

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral Scholars 
Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for 
a postdoctoral research position in JPL's Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Group.

The research will support an exciting new decadal NASA program called 
the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE; above.nasa.gov). The 
Arctic-Boreal Region is being impacted by climate change more than 
anywhere else in the world, yet this region is the source of among the 
largest uncertainties to global climate projections. NASA has selected a 
suite of field-based teams to collect data on the ground linked to 
airborne and satellite observations, providing the necessary information 
to reduce uncertainty in Earth System Models. This project is unique 
within the ABoVE Program in that it aims to synthesize and integrate 
these data across a large suite of models to achieve the ultimate goal 
of uncertainty reduction. The Postdoctoral Scholar will build the 
framework for driving and evaluating terrestrial biosphere models with 
ABoVE data, evaluate the improvement to models, and publish science 
papers on the framework and results. Dr. Joshua Fisher, in JPL's Earth 
Science Section, will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected 
candidate. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also work closely with the 
project team at the University of Maine and Northern Arizona University, 
the NASA ABoVE Program Office and Science Team, an international group 
of collaborating modelers, and JPL scientists and engineers. The 
appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, 
resulting in publications in the open literature.

Candidates should have a recent PhD with a unique background combining a 
foundation in Computer Science/Software Engineering with an application 
to Earth’s environment, preferably in terrestrial ecosystems. 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 of three years.

Caltech and JPL are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. 
Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to 
apply. The position will remain open until filled, with a desired (but 
not required) start date of March 2016. Please send a letter describing 
how this project fits with your background, a cv, and a list of 
references with contact info to: jbfisher at jpl.nasa.gov.

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