Cloudy/Rainy Satellite Data Assimilation Scientist
AER - College Park, MD

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Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) has opportunities for satellite data assimilation scientists to support the NOAA-NESDIS activities in cloud-, rain- and ice- impacted radiance data assimilation in operational Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models. Current approach discards satellite data that are impacted by rain and ice and to a certain extent cloud. This quality control does not allow the current assimilation system to take advantage of the information content in the satellite measurements in the very active regions. To mitigate this problem, the Joint Center of Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) is accelerating the development of methods to assimilate cloud/precipitation impacted radiances. The work facility is located in the new state of the art NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) building in College Park, Maryland ( http://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/star/news2012_201206NCWCP.php ). AER assimilation scientists work in diverse areas including, radiative transfer, sensor simulation, characterization of atmospheric and surface properties from space-based observations, cloud analysis and more. AER’s assimilation 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. This 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: variational assimilation, physically-based remote sensing/ assimilation of satellite data in NWP models (including forward operator error characterization and data quality control), variational retrieval methods. Experience with at least one satellite remote sensing data set is required. An advanced degree in meteorology/atmospheric sciences, applied mathematics, or a similar field is required. Because software and tools developed at the JCSDA are primarily composed of modern FORTRAN, bash scripts, and IDL, proficiency in these are desired.

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 www.aer.com .

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