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Satellite Observational Data Assimilation Scientist

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Job ID: 2302189
Location: COLLEGE PARK, MD, United States
Date Posted: Jun 1, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Scientist
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is looking for a Satellite Observational Data Assimilation Scientist to support the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) in carrying out research, development, and operational transition of ingest, processing, quality control, and handling of environmental observations.

Note: The work location is at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) in College Park, MD.  This hybrid role does offer the ability to work from home 2-3 days per week.

Job responsibilities to include, but not limited to:

  • Contribute to design and execution of an improved system for handling observational data at NCEP.
  • Perform the job duties in a collaborative environment, assisting developing and applying innovative methods
  • Ensure flow of observational data for current and future types of data for operational use continues uninterrupted.
  • Contributing to the observation processing reengineering effort, including the adaptation of Joint Effort for Data assimilation Integration (JEDI) software components.
  • Assist in maintenance of historical data of earth system observations (atmospheric, oceanic, ice, wave, land/hydrology, and atmospheric composition).
  • Contribute to JEDI-based capabilities to enable observation processing and ingest.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years or more experience; OR Master’s Degree and zero plus (0+) years or more experience
  • US Citizen or Green Card holder with the ability to obtain a NACI clearance.  For the Green Card holder to qualify for the clearance they must have lived in the US for a minimum 3 years prior to application.  An EAD is not accepted.
  • Knowledge of environmental observations for use in data assimilation and geophysical modeling
  • Knowledge of the physical and mathematical basis of geophysical modeling (atmospheric and/or environmental) and experience running advanced numerical weather prediction (NWP) models
  • Knowledge and experience of modern programming languages such as object-oriented FORTRAN, Python, and/or C++
  • Experience working in a UNIX environment with advanced scripting languages
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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