[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Fellow (multiple positions), Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Feb 8 07:52:56 MST 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow 16-101


The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at 
Colorado State University seeks to fill 1-3 postdoctoral fellowships for 
its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental 
Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) in College Park, 
Maryland (office will be in College Park).

Background: The Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Team within the Satellite 
Oceanography and Climatology Division (SOCD) of the Center for Satellite 
Applications and Research (STAR) of NOAA/NESDIS seeks to develop 
improved SST products from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite 
(VIIRS) onboard S-NPP and JPSS satellites, and from the Advanced 
Himawari and Baseline Imagers (AHI/ABI) flown onboard geostationary 
Himawari and GOES-R. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers 
(MODIS) onboard Terra and Aqua platforms, the Advanced Very High 
Resolution Radiometers (AVHRR) onboard NOAA and MetOp satellites, and 
the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infra-Red Imagers (SEVIRI) onboard 
Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) will be also used. Radiative transfer 
modeling, mathematical inversions, sensors performance analyses, 
improved cloud screening and SST algorithms, including SST validation 
and quality control, are key elements of the new development.

Responsibilities: The individual in this position will be a member of 
the SST Team and will be responsible for the development of improved SST 
and cloud mask algorithms for VIIRS, AHI, ABI, AVHRR, MODIS and SEVIRI, 
including: • Processing global SST data, in near-real time; • Developing 
and testing new cloud screening and SST algorithms; • Radiative transfer 
modeling using Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM); • Optimization 
of cloud screening, constraining cloud mask and SST algorithms based on 
NWP upper air fields; • Use of global NCEP and ECMWF data analysis and 
forecast, and their use in conjunction with CRTM; • Improving sensor 
calibration techniques and quality control of satellite radiances; • 
Publishing research results in peer-reviewed literature, presentation at 
national/international conferences. Required Qualifications: • PhD in a 
quantitative field of research (Physics/Math/Stat/Remote 
Sensing/Meteorology) completed by date of hire; • Solid quantitative 
educational background in fundamental Physics, Mathematics and 
Statistics; • Proven list of deliverables (peer-reviewed publications, 
derived products, etc.); • Willingness and ability to conduct 
independent research (from problem definition to technical solution to 
documentation in peer-reviewed literature and science conferences) while 
being a team player. Preferred Qualifications • Recent PhD in a 
quantitative field of research (Physics/Math/Stat/Remote 
Sensing/Meteorology); • Expertise in cloud screening and calibration of 
satellite sensor data, mathematical inversions; • Expertise in SST and 
Aerosol retrieval algorithms from space; • Expertise in radiative 
transfer modeling (RTM) in the thermal IR and Visible using RTM; • 
Expertise in radiation properties of aerosols and their effect on SST; • 
proficiency with global data handling and quality control procedures; • 
proficiency with IDL, Fortran, and Unix/Unix scripts programming.

Background Check: Colorado State University is committed to providing a 
safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, 
we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being 
considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not 
limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor 
vehicle history. The individual will also be required to pass a federal 
Security Assurance Check because the job is in a federally occupied 

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Reflecting departmental and 
institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to 
advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Annual Salary: Commensurate with qualifications; typical hiring salary 
does not exceed $55,000/year.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the positon is 
filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be 
submitted by 11:59 PM MT on February 15, 2016. Apply electronically by 
clicking “Apply to this Job” at the following website: 
https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/29981 References may be contacted 
immediately and without further notification to the candidate.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, 
age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, 
disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or 
gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal 
opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to 
achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado 
State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding 
non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal 
Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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