[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA, Colorado State University

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Feb 17 06:32:57 MST 2016


Working Title 	Postdoctoral Fellow (16-101)
Research Professional Position 	Yes
Posting Number 	201600005AP
Position Type 	Admin Professional/Research Professional
Number of Vacancies 	3
Work Hours/Week 	40
Proposed Annual Salary Range 	Commensurate with qualifications; typical 
hiring salary does not exceed $55,000/year.
Desired Start Date 	
Position End Date (if temporary) 	
Open Posting Date 	
Open Until Filled 	Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm 
(MT) on 	02/15/2016
Description of Work Unit 	

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at 
Colorado State University (CSU) is a multi-million dollar research 
organization located on CSU’s Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, 
Colorado.CIRAis a cooperative institute that is also a research 
department within CSU’s College of Engineering, in partnership with the 
Department of Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct 
interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining 
skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in 
engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity 
between pure and applied research, leveraging both national and 
international resources and partnerships, and assistingNOAA, Colorado 
State University, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the 
application of our research to areas of societal benefit. Expanding on 
this Vision, our Mission is to serve as a nexus for multi-disciplinary 
cooperation among CI andNOAAresearch scientists, University faculty, 
staff and students in the context ofNOAA-specified research theme areas 
in satellite applications for weather/climate forecasting. Important 
bridging elements of the CI include the communication of research 
findings to the international scientific community, transition of 
applications and capabilities toNOAAoperational users, education and 
training programs for operational user proficiency, outreach programs to 
K-12 education and the general public for environmental literacy, and 
understanding and quantifying the societal impacts ofNOAAresearch.

Position Summary 	

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).

The Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Team within the Satellite Oceanography 
and Climatology Division (SOCD) of the Center for Satellite Applications 
and Research (STAR) ofNOAA/NESDISseeks to develop improvedSSTproducts 
from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard 
S-NPPandJPSSsatellites, and from the Advanced Himawari and Baseline 
Imagers (AHI/ABI) flown onboard geostationary Himawari andGOES-R. The 
Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) onboard Terra and 
Aqua platforms, the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometers (AVHRR) 
onboardNOAAand 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 andSSTalgorithms, 
includingSSTvalidation and quality control, are key elements of the new 

The individual in this position will be a member of theSSTTeam and will 
be responsible for the development of improvedSSTand cloud mask 

Required Job 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 Job 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 inSSTand Aerosol retrieval algorithms from space;
• Expertise in radiative transfer modeling (RTM) in the thermal IR and 
Visible usingRTM;
• Expertise in radiation properties of aerosols and their effect onSST;
• proficiency with global data handling and quality control procedures;
• proficiency withIDL, Fortran, and Unix/Unix scripts programming.

Diversity Statement 	

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are 
expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to 
diversity and inclusion.

Quick Link For Posting 	http://jobs.colostate.edu:80/postings/29981 

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