Research Assistant Professor, Remote Sensing and Climate Science

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Mar 31, 2023
May 21, 2023
Full Time
Research Assistant Professor, Remote Sensing and Climate Science The Environmental Science and Technology Center (ESTC)/Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS), at George Mason University invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor position. George Mason University is the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.George Mason University College of Science (Mason Science) is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.Affiliated with Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, College of Science, ESTC is a joint interdisciplinary center focusing on the fields of global environmental and climate monitoring, global carbon measuring, flood forecasting and defense, water resources management, ecological protection and restoration and Earth observations. The center offers the opportunity to mix researchers from various cultural backgrounds and give them a high-level approach with an international vision, provide in-depth knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of environmental and climate research. For more information about the center, please visit Responsibilities:The selected candidate will be primarily responsible for conducting research and development of atmospheric temperature climate data records (CDRs). This position is full-time with an initial appointment for one year, and subject to annual renewal based on performance and the availability of funding.The incumbent will work with a team together to develop algorithms, software, and atmospheric temperature CDR products using satellite observations from the Stratospheric Sounding Unit (SSU), the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU), the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A (AMSU-A), the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) and the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), to extend the atmospheric temperature CDRs from 1978 to the JPSS era for sustained and continued monitoring of climate changes. Duties include, but are not limited to:Develop, implement, and test algorithms to extend the atmosphere temperature CDRs using measurements from S-NPP and NOAA-20 satellites;Write and deliver monthly progress reports according to project requirements; andWork with the PI and collaborators in preparing and publishing the research results in scientific journals and conferences.Required Qualifications:Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Remote Sensing or closely related fields;Proficient in programming and data analysis with IDL or Python or MATLAB;Proficient in programming with Java;Experience in intersatellite comparison of remote sensing data;Experience in processing of ATMS and CrIS SDR data;Working knowledge of climate data records; andExcellent oral and written communication skills in English.Preferred Qualifications:Experience in intersatellite calibration of MSU/AMSU-A/ATMS;Knowledge of NetCDF Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Conventions; andKnowledge of Earth system and climate change.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.Additional instructions for the applicants: Provide a statement detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are minoritized and marginalized in your academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Mason Science's commitment to access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI).

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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