Postdoctoral Fellow Colorado State University

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May 26, 2011

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University seeks to fill a postdoctoral fellowship position for its collaborative research as a Cooperative Institute with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Information Services (NESDIS) in Camp Springs, Maryland (office will be in Camp Springs).


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 Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) flown onboard NOAA and MetOp satellites, and from the future Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Visible and Infrared Imager Radiometric Suite (VIIRS) sensors to be flown onboard geostationary GOES-R and polar-orbiting NPOESS platforms. The Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infra-Red Imager (SEVIRI) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flown onboard Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) and Terra and Aqua platforms, respectively, will be used as ABI and VIIRS proxy sensors. Radiative transfer modeling, mathematical inversions, and improved SST validation and quality control are key elements of the new development.


The successful candidate will be a member of the SST Team. This individual will be responsible for the development of improved cloud mask and SST algorithms for SEVIRI, ABI and VIIRS including:

* Processing global data from AVHRR, SEVIRI and MODIS sensors, in near-real time
* Development and testing of new cloud screening and SST techniques
* Radiative transfer modeling using e.g. Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM)
* Optimization of cloud screening, constraining cloud mask and SST based on NCEP upper air fields
* Proficiency with global NCEP data analysis and forecast
* Proficiency with sensor calibration techniques and quality control of satellite radiances
* Hands-on knowledge of cloud masks, SST and Aerosol retrievals algorithms from space
* Publication of 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)
* Willingness and ability to conduct an independent research (from problem definition to technical solution to documentation in a peer-reviewed literature and science conferences) while being a team player
* Expertise in the following specific areas is a plus:

(a) cloud screening and calibration of satellite sensor data, mathematical inversions;
(b) SST and Aerosol retrievals from satellite sensors such as e.g. AVHRR, MODIS, SEVIRI;
(c) radiative transfer modeling (RTM) in the thermal IR and Visible using RTM;
(d) proficiency with global data handling and quality control procedures;
(e) radiation properties of aerosols and their effect on SST;
(f) proficiency with IDL, Fortran, and Unix/Unix scripts programming

Condition of Employment:

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment are conducted. 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 building.

Annual Salary: Commensurate with qualifications not to exceed $55,000

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Apply electronically by sending a resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to the attention of HRS Manager at the following email address:

Please put your name in the subject line of the email and reference position 11-107.

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