Atmospheric/Ocean/Land Surface Remote Sensing Retrieval Scientists
AER - College Park, MD

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Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) has opportunities for atmospheric, ocean, and land surface remote sensing retrieval scientists to support the NOAA-NESDIS Microwave Integrated Retrieval System (MIRS) project. MIRS ( ) is a state-of-the-art comprehensive data product system that generates near real time retrievals of atmospheric profiles of temperature, water vapor, cloud and hydrometeor parameters and surface characteristics from satellite observations. The MIRS team is stationed in the new state of the art NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) building in College Park, Maryland ( AER remote sensing retrieval scientists work in diverse areas including sensor simulation, retrievals in the microwave, infrared, and visible parts of the spectrum, characterization of surface properties from space-based remote sensing, cloud analysis, radiative transfer and more. AER’s MIRS work assignments are interesting, challenging, varied, and rewarding. We are seeking self-motivated candidates with the abilities to work in both a team environment and independently. The MIRS project requires specialized experience in physical science, mathematics and computer science. We will train selected candidate, but specific science experience or expertise is desired in at least some of the following areas: remote sensing, atmospheric radiative transfer, especially in microwave sensing area, atmospheric scattering, variational retrieval methods, and radiometric calibration. Experience with at least one satellite remote sensing data set is required. An advanced degree in meteorology/atmospheric sciences, oceanography, Earth system modeling statistics, applied mathematics, or a similar field is required. MIRS software is primarily composed of Fortran90/95, bash scripts, and IDL, so experience in these or similar languages are desired. Candidate with computer science training/experience and knowledge of Earth system sciences is also desirable.

AER offers a competitive wage and benefit package. AER is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) helps businesses and governments better anticipate and manage climate and weather-related risks. Large insurance, energy and investment firms count on AER to help them decrease weather-related losses and increase profitability by integrating state-of-the-art climate science and weather information into their planning and decision processes. Large government agencies like NOAA, NASA and the Departments of Defense and Energy rely on AER’s scientists to help solve weather and climate related problems of vital national importance in energy, environment, national security and climate change. Established in 1977, AER is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts and is a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics. For more information visit .

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