Research position: Atmospheric aerosols, satellite data, air quality monitoring and forecasting

The Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research II (GESTAR II) consortium at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) invites applications for a research scientist position in the field of atmospheric sciences, earth sciences, or remote sensing.

The incoming scientist will join the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory (Code 618) at GSFC.The Biospheric Sciences Laboratory studies terrestrial ecosystems and their interactions with the atmosphere using multiscale remote sensing, mathematical modeling, and advanced analytical techniques. This research allows Laboratory scientists to characterize and predict environmental changes due to natural and anthropogenic processes at local to global scales.

The incumbent scientist will conduct research on atmospheric aerosol properties, perform satellite retrieval of aerosol properties, and validate satellite datasets with AERONET and air quality networks. The scientist will also perform air quality monitoring and forecastings, and application of machine learning for surface air quality estimations and forecastings using satellite datasets for environmental justice case studies and working with the end-user organizations to implement space-based solutions in their decision making.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in an atmospheric sciences, earth sciences, or remote sensing discipline, 
  • Specific experience analyzing satellite data from Earth Observing System instruments (e.g., MODIS, TROPOMI, VIIRS, GOES) and interpreting within the context of ground-based aerosol measurements (e.g. AERONET, AirNow). 
  • Experience in air quality modeling, machine learning methods, and computer programming are required.

The successful candidate will join the GESTAR II Consortium which supports over 120 researchers based primarily at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). GESTAR II researchers work to create extensive opportunities for breakthroughs in earth and atmospheric science research, carrying out observational, experimental and theoretical research in support of NASA strategic Earth Science mission objectives.

Goddard’s Earth Science Division is home to about 200 civil servants and over 1200 collaborating researchers and support personnel, dedicated to studying the Earth as an integrated system that includes the atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, cryosphere, and geosphere. The Division operates as a component of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate that collaborate on interdisciplinary research with the Astrophysics Science, Heliophysics Science, and Solar System Exploration Divisions.

The nominal starting date is spring 2023, but alternate dates are possible depending on availability. 

Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV (including publication list) and a 3-page statement of research interests. Short-listed candidates will be asked to supply three letters of reference at a later date. All materials and inquiries should be sent by email Subject line: Task 173: Researcher Position to: Halley Thompson (

Completed applications received by February 24 will receive full consideration, however the posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The GESTAR II consortium and NASA GSFC are committed to building a diverse research community and encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. All GESTAR II institutions are Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employers.

For more information about the proposed research, contact Dr. Pawan Gupta (