Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - Science and Technology with Passion


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Scientific Programmer/Analyst
Reference #:21-3031
Open Date:2/17/2021
Location:Hampton, VA
US Citizenship Required:Yes
Job Description:

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton VA has an exciting opportunity for an early career Scientific Programmer/Analyst. 

The successful candidate will work with scientists and researchers on cutting-edge studies of Earth and planetary atmospheres, improve real-time, global forecast models, and support lidar data acquisition and analysis.  This position requires 2-3 years of experience in programming/scripting languages along with coursework in physics. 
Primary duties include the advancement and maintenance of software for both data analysis and basic research studies, the reduction, analysis and visualization of satellite, airborne, and ground-based atmospheric data, and communication of results in writing and verbally, within team meetings to conference presentations. 
The qualified candidate should also possess strong problem-solving skills, leading to innovative solutions.  This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic, self-starter with strong programming and communication skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic and collaborative environment.      

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering, or in a related Scientific/Technical field such as Physics, Mathematics, Atmospheric Science, or Meteorology and 2-3 years of demonstrated programming experience in the development and testing of science algorithms, analysis software, and/or data management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the following programming/scripting languages:  Python, C/C++, Perl, MATLAB, or IDL.  Ability to program in Fortran is a plus
  • Experience in troubleshooting and diagnosing problems, and providing innovative solutions
  • Ability to work independently as well as within an integrated team of scientists and engineers
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as the selected applicant may be required to contribute to various peer-reviewed publications and/or conference presentations
Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of software configuration management tools such as Git, SVN. 
  • Experience working with large datasets or familiarity with science data formats
  • Strong organizational skills