Where You Will Work:
The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS-pronounced: see-pass), under the UCP, provides an extensive portfolio of placement, management, and organizational services for the broad Earth System Science community. CPAESS develops innovative solutions to complex scientific challenges, advances research capacity, and fosters community collaborations.
CPAESS provides professional development, training, and research opportunities for early career to expert scientists. The CPAESS community includes placements at prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, short- and long-term appointments at US Federal research labs and institutions, research internships, and summer school opportunities for graduates and postdoctoral scientists. These research and training opportunities provide mentoring and career advancement; lifelong collaboration through program alumni networks; and the advancement of science worldwide through university, federal, state, municipal level, and private sector partnerships. CPAESS employees and sponsors collectively work toward advancing scientific research for the benefit of society.
What You Will Do:
This position will utilize ionospheric radio occultation data from the COSMIC-2 satellite constellation to improve the specification and forecasting of ionospheric scintillation. Ionospheric scintillation refers to the rapid modification of radio waves caused by small-scale structure in the ionosphere, which degrades the accuracy of space-based positioning, navigation, and timing. COSMIC-2 is a six-satellite constellation launched on June 25, 2019 to low-Earth orbit. COSMIC-2 makes radio-occultation measurements using signals from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS and GLONASS. COSMIC-2 also makes in-situ measurements of the ionosphere. The incumbent will use the measurements from COSMIC-2 together with ground-based GNSS measurements and numerical models to develop improved techniques for specifying and forecasting the occurrence of ionospheric scintillation. It is desired that this research will lead to improved ionospheric services at the Space Weather Prediction Center. The research will involve collaboration with scientists at the Space Weather Prediction
Center, the University of Colorado, the National Centers for Environmental Information, and NCAR.
This position will be located at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO.
The above statements describe the primary work being performed. Additional tasks may be assigned from time to time.
What You Need:
Education and Years of Experience:
Bachelor's degree in space physics or a related discipline plus three to five years of experience as an Associate Scientist II (or equivalent position); or equivalent education and experience.
Evidence of scientific productivity through peer-reviewed publications, scientific presentations, or other products.
PhD or Master's degree in space physics or a related discipline.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
* Well-developed knowledge ofionospheric physics and plasma irregularities.
* Strong understanding of data analysis techniques for observational data.
* Strong ability to work independently.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Ability to travel to attend scientific meetings and workshops.
* Proven understanding of scientific programming (e.g., Python, IDL, Matlab, etc.)
* Experience and skill working with satellite observations
* Well-developed skill working with a variety of operating systems and environments including Windows and Linux
* Well-developed skill with programming languages (e.g., C++, Java, Fortran, etc.)
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