[ES_JOBS_NET] Two Visiting Scientist Positions (Groundwater Hydrologist and Plant Biologist), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Research Directorate

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Thu Oct 26 09:16:41 MDT 2017

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Research Directorate is seeking visiting scientists (more on the visiting scientist program here https://orise.orau.gov/nga/).

Many people at a variety of career levels have participated in the Visiting Scientist program in the past. The most common hire is a person that has finished a Ph.D. but is in the early stages of their career (much like a post-doc; the salary is highly competitive for a person in this stage of career development). Note that US Citizenship is required.

Two positions that might be of particular interest to this list.

One is a groundwater hydrologist...


NGA Research is seeking a physical scientist with demonstrated ability and R&D experience in hydrology/hydrogeology.  The ideal candidate will have a background including model based exploitation of multiple data types including remote sensing, open source, and/or geochemical data.

As populations expand and precipitation events are altered by environmental variability, national and regional water security becomes more tenuous. Populations' abilities to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development is called into question. Although water is set to become increasingly difficult to manage, the techniques for monitoring and estimating water availability (especially without traditional field measurements like well experiments and stream gauge data) have not kept pace with the outsized importance of water as a resource. To this end, the visiting scientist will identify opportunities to leverage unclassified and classified data and design new techniques for monitoring and understanding water security and accessibility around the globe.
This person will likely work closely with the US Geological Survey and may even be stationed at USGS HQ in Reston, VA for part of the term.

Apply for the hydrology position here

The other is a plant biologist...


NGA Research is seeking a biological scientist with demonstrated ability and R&D experience in plant physiology and/or plant molecular biology. The ideal candidate will have a background including studies of plant reactions to physical and biological stressors.

Flora, as a relatively permanent aggregator of ecosystem contaminants, are underutilized. As the biological toolkit expands, the opportunities to monitor environment and ecosystem health via the flora are increasing. Consequently, it may be possible to determine early signs of environmental stress or relatively low levels of contaminants using techniques to identify plant metabolite or protein production or other reactions that are unique to particular stressors. The visiting scientist will work with NGA Research to catalog existing and promising new techniques for matching biological responses to stressors and identifying new opportunities for discovery.

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