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Research Scientist

Job ID: 210245
Location: GREENBELT, MD, United States
Date Posted: Jan 15, 2021
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Research Scientist
Schedule: Full-time
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: No
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Research Scientist to support the NASA Land Information System team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.  


Job Description:

  • Successful candidate will contribute to the development of modeling, data assimilation, and machine learning capabilities.
  • The candidate is expected to conduct land data assimilation research exploring the optimal use of terrestrial remote sensing data with land surface models.
  • The position also involves developing advanced data analytics with model outputs, remote sensing and ground measurements of terrestrial hydrology variables.
  • The candidate is expected to lead the application of state-of-the-art machine learning tools from the deep learning revolution occurring in the world of artificial intelligence.
  • The candidate will also be responsible for the software management and development of the ML applications.
  • In this regard, experience with formal software development process, object oriented programming and knowledge of version control tools is desired.  
  • Proficiency with Python language, Unix and multiprocessor environments is required.
  • The individual will be expected to present results in peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations.
  • Experience in organizing meetings, project coordination, and writing and reviewing technical reports is also expected.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s and two (2) years or more of experience; Masters and 0 years related experience.


Desired Education:

  • MS or Ph.D in Earth Science or related field and 3 years relevant experience.


Required Skills:

  • The candidate should have experience in data assimilation, land surface modeling and the development of assimilation algorithms.
  • The candidate should have experience in machine learning technologies such as TensorFlow, Keras, and Pytorch on a variety of computing architectures.
  • Experience in remote sensing, data assimilation, land surface/hydrological modeling is highly desired.  
  • A good knowledge of working with satellite datasets is a considered plus.


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