Job ID: 2013187
Location: GREENBELT, MD, United States
Date Posted: Aug 25, 2020
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Research Scientist
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: Yes
DescriptionJOB DESCRIPTION: Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Hydrological Sciences Laboratory (HSL) examines the role of water in the Earth system. Laboratory researchers strive to better understand, quantify, and analyze the hydrological cycle and to measure hydrological processes in order to improve prediction of the response of global hydrology to anthropogenic and/or natural climate change. Special emphasis is placed on land surface hydrological processes and their interactions with the atmosphere. Laboratory scientists develop remote-sensing and modeling techniques to investigate how the various components of the hydrological cycle interact over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales.
SAIC has been supporting the HSL for over 30 years. SAIC seeks to hire a research scientist to join the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory’s (HSL) Land Information System (LIS: https://lis.gsfc.nasa.gov) Team to serve as the lead developer of the Hydrological Modeling and Analysis Platform (HyMAP) global scale river routing scheme and contribute to the development of the NASA Land Information System (LIS).
The NASA/GSFC-developed LIS is the 557th Weather Wing's (557 WW) operational, global Land Data Assimilation System (LDAS) combining real time precipitation observations and analyses, global forecast model data, vegetation, terrain, and soil parameters with the community Noah soil hydrology module, along with other hydrology module options, to generate profile analyses of global soil moisture, soil temperature, and other important land surface characteristics. 557 WW actively collaborates with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Hydrological Sciences Laboratory (HSL) personnel to update the scientific and software capabilities of the LIS. An updated and improved LIS is critical to the future of the land characterization support system at 557 WW, supporting the operational needs of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Department of Agriculture, Department of State, and intelligence agencies.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Primary responsibility: Serve as the primary focal point for the development, improvement and application of state-of-the-art computational models (e.g., HyMAP, LIS, etc.) and integration of remote sensing data towards a better understanding of the spatial and temporal water availability and forecast, including extreme hydrological events, such as droughts and floods, and anthropogenic impacts on the water cycle.
• Additional anticipated duties include, but may not be limited to:
o Assist with the development, testing, and integration of LIS subsystem deliverables (i.e., LDT, LIS, and LVT) on 557 WW architecture(s) in preparation for transition-to-Ops;
o Support installation and testing of the LIS- Noah, Noah-MP, and/or JULES capabilities at the 557 WW production center and coordinate dependencies in a scheduled manner;
o Assist in the development and transition of data assimilation capabilities;
o Serve as a member of the NASA/GSFC LIS Core Team and contribute to strategic planning;
o Keep abreast with international developments and the latest technologies being developed by the Hydrological and land surface modeling communities at-large by participating and traveling to annual meetings and conferences (e.g., annual AMS and AGU Meetings);
o Prepare relevant scientific reports, studies and documents, including LIS-related published works;
o Contribute to proposals;
o Carry out other relevant duties as required.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND SKILLS
• Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Earth Sciences (e.g., Hydrology, Meteorology, etc.) and/or Civil Engineering.
• Experience with NASA/GSFC’s Hydrological Modeling and Analysis Platform (HyMAP).
• Knowledge of the hydrological modeling of medium and large basins under different climatologies, the improvement, development and application of hydrological models and river routing schemes, and integration of remote sensing data and models for a better understanding of hydrological processes at the basin scale.
• Experience with NASA/GSFC’s developed Land Information System (LIS).
• Ability to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer.
• Experience supporting inter- national/agency collaborations.
• Strong verbal and written communications skills.
• Strong publication record.
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