Air Pollution Data Analyst and Project Manager

Tracking Code: 908-200

Job Description:

This position for an air pollution data analyst and project manager is in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, a world leader in developing satellite datasets of atmospheric trace gases and aerosols for stratospheric ozone layer and air pollution research. The successful candidate will (a) lead independent and team-oriented scientific analyses of satellite data of air pollution and communicate the research in scientific, peer-reviewed publications and presentations at both national and international conference and (b) manage existing projects and developing new project concepts that enable the use of satellite data by stakeholders (e.g., federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, private companies) for health and air quality applications. (For examples of some air pollution datasets and existing projects, visit He/she will be encouraged to seek air pollution research funding by leading and/or contributing to scientific proposals, primarily submitted to NASA research announcements. The work will be conducted in a team-oriented environment with other NASA Goddard scientists, building collaborations with scientific researchers and stakeholders outside of NASA.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Analysis of satellite measurements of air pollution
  • Manage and develop satellite applications for air pollution monitoring
  • Present research findings at national/international conferences and in peer-reviewed publications
  • Other job-related tasks as required by the research

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of one or more data processing languages, such as FORTRAN, IDL, C++, and Python
  • Experience processing and analyzing large satellite datasets of air pollutants and output from atmospheric chemistry transport models (CTMs)
  • Proven ability to communicate scientific research in scientific publications and presentations


  • Strong analytical and problem-solving background.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to learn and improve.
  • Strong team player.

Education: Master's degree in physical sciences (Ph.D. preferred)

Experience: 5+ years research experience in the atmospheric sciences or related field

Successful record of independent research and publications in remote sensing

Working Conditions:

Work will be performed in an office or computer lab environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; talk or hear. Keyboarding for large time spans each day may be a significant part of this position.

Travel: Some travel will be required.

Applicants should apply to the posting at and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita. Additional information on USRA can be found at

Job Location: GREENBELT, Maryland, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.

published: 05 July 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.