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Over the last two decades, tremendous changes have occurred in the landscape of surface emissions along with concomitant variations in climate include the frequency of extreme events. These have led
to significant but still uncertain impacts on global atmospheric composition, air quality, and climate. A number of satellite measurements provide hints at the drivers of these changes, but do not have the vertical sensitivity to separate critical processes.
To that end, the postdoc appointee will be responsible for the development, evaluation, and exploitation of cutting-edge atmospheric retrieval algorithms that combine spectrally resolved radiances from the thermal to the ultraviolet harnessing multiple sensors
including OMPS, OMI, TES, AIRS, CrIS, and TROPOMI. These algorithms, which are part of the MUlti- SpEctra, MUlti-SpEcies, MUlti-SEnsors (MUSES) science data processing architecture, can achieve higher accuracy estimates of critical traces gases such as tropospheric
ozone, methane, and carbon monoxide, than could be obtained from a single sensor. To address these decadal-scale questions, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic team environment that includes Drs. Kevin Bowman, John Worden,
Vivienne Payne, and Kazuyuki Miyazaki. These scientists are focused on chemical data assimilation, air quality, carbon, climate, and their interactions. Dr.
Kevin Bowman will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will be expected to publish scientific findings in top-tiered peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as presenting results in the related science team meetings,
workshops and conferences.
• PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Physics, Geophysics, or a related technical discipline
• Demonstrated experience performing retrievals of atmospheric composition from spectral measurements from either satellite, airborne, or ground-based measurements
• Excellent oral (including public speaking) and written communication skills
• Experience working in a team environment
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Peer-reviewed publications related to atmospheric retrievals and/or their utilization for Earth system science research
• Experience with the use of up-looking Fourier Transform Spectrometry or airborne measurements for validation of spaceborne measurements
• Advanced knowledge of atmospheric chemistry
• Demonstrated skills in air quality, atmospheric science, and/or carbon cycle science
Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.
Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests: