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We are seeking a postdoc to join the Atmospheric Physics and Weather group in the Earth Science Section of the Science Division at JPL (https://science.jpl.nasa.gov/EarthScience/AtmosphericPhysicsWeather). The group is prominent in the field of sounding science and focuses on the Earth’s atmosphere and the processes that control severe storms in the near term and the climate in the long term. We use a number of observing systems, with most of the focus being on satellite sensors – primarily infrared and microwave sounders. We are seeking a postdoc to support our research related to microwave sounders. JPL is responsible for the algorithms that NASA uses to generate data products from the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) and the assessment of both the instrument and the data products derived from it. We have also developed an aircraft sounder, the High Altitude MMIC Sounding Radiometer (HAMSR), which has participated in a number of hurricane field campaigns. We are also engaged in the development of future satellite sensors and missions. Our work ranges from instrument performance assessment and calibration to carrying out research with the data. A postdoc could take on a subset of work within this wide range, depending on interests and qualifications. The successful candidate will work within the Atmospheric Physics and Weather group at JPL to support research around HAMSR, ATMS and related sensors. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, interests, and area of expertise, the specific work will fall into one or more of the following broad categories:
- Instrument calibration algorithm development, Level 1a and 1b data product analysis, and instrument performance monitoring
- Microwave radiative transfer modeling of scattering and surface effects
- Geophysical retrieval algorithm development, Level 2 and 3 data product error assessment and performance monitoring
- Research carried out with these and related data sets, including data from other satellite sounders, such as the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), and other relevant sources
- Development of future microwave sensors and satellite missions, including simulation studies
The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature. Dr. Bjorn Lambrigtsen will serve as the JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in Atmospheric Science, Physics, or a related field. Experience with atmospheric sounders and one of the areas listed above is strongly desired. Excellent writing and communication skills and a record of scientific publications are expected. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years of the date of their application are eligible.
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: San Jose, CA, US
Application Deadline: N/A