[ES_JOBS_NET] 1-3 Postdoctoral Fellows, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere ( CIRA ) at Colorado State University

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri May 20 07:45:35 MDT 2016

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. CIRA is 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 assisting NOAA , 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 and NOAA research scientists, University faculty, 
staff and students in the context of NOAA -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 to NOAA operational 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 of NOAA 

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 ) 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.

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 .

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 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.

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
*Application Details*

Special Instructions to Applicants
References may be contacted immediately and without further notification 
to the candidate.

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact
linn.barrett at colostate.edu

EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that 
is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, 
color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, 
veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity 
or expression, or pregnancy. 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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