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OMPS instrument calibration support scientist
Reference #:21-3141
Open Date:6/14/2021
Location:Greenbelt, MD
US Citizenship Required:No
Job Description:

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is seeking a Space Instrument Scientist/Engineer with experience in space sensors and instrument calibration to support projects on the Support for Atmospheres, Modeling, and Data Assimilation (SAMDA) contract at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

If you are on a journey to explore and expand your ideas and career, you are ready for SAMDA. This contract provides scientific, engineering and software support for the design, development and testing of remote sensors, sensor systems, space-based instruments, sensor calibration and on-orbit performance analysis to NASA.

Situated at SSAI’s offices just outside GSFC in Maryland, this position will provide the needed support for instrument testing, calibration, validation and data analysis for the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) sensors being developed and flown as part of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). The successful candidate will support the instrument Science Team for the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program Office. Key skills needed include a good understanding of instrument detector systems, data reduction, processing and analysis to generate performance assessments needed for instrument requirements verification. The successful candidate will be working closely with the JPSS OMPS instrument scientist, NASA science team members, the sensor vendor engineers and other SSAI instrument scientists and engineers, and will be expected to present sensor performance status at various meetings (including major reviews). The JPSS program supports Earth climate research and numerous environmental, societal and economical applications. Measurements from the OMPS sensors are used to extend NASA’s long-term ozone climate data record, and also provide information useful for air quality applications (including atmospheric aerosols, NO2, SO2, and formaldehyde) as well as hazard and disaster monitoring (volcanic SO2 and ash). There are four planned spacecraft in the JPSS series: S-NPP and NOAA-20 (JPSS-1) are now in operation, and pre-launch test data for both JPSS-2 (scheduled to launch late 2022) and JPSS-3 are currently being analyzed and validated.

At SSAI we invest in our people, optimize creativity and leverage opportunities. We provide robust training opportunities and mentoring to advance your career. Our collaborative team environment encourages employees to be enthusiastic, creative and to bring challenging ideas that enhance your passion for science and technology while maintaining work-life balance. If this is what you are looking for, we want to hear from you.




Required Qualifications:
  • M.S. degree with at least 3 years of experience in physics, engineering, or similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated experience with analysis software and programming languages such as IDL, Matlab, C++, and Python
  • Strong background in data analytics, and able to identify and perform research tasks
  • Capable of working both independently and within a dynamic project science team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and oral presentations made at major science conferences and workshops
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S. and ability to meet NASA’s background investigation requirements for IT and physical access to NASA facilities
Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD in physics, engineering, or similar field
  • Knowledge of CCD detectors and their performance characteristics
  • Experience working with space sensors testing, calibration and validation
  • Experience with operational sensor data processing software and interaction between engineering and science team.