Temporary Research Associate

North Carolina State University

Asheville, NC, United States 🇺🇸

Vacancy TypeTemporary
Is Internal Transfer OnlyNo
Working TitleTemporary Research Associate
Salary Range 
Anticipated Hiring Range$25- $36/hr
Position Number06TAS122016
Work ScheduleMonday-Friday, hours are flexible
Full Time Equivalent (FTE).30
Department063001 – NC Inst of Climate Studies
DepartmentNC Institute for Climate Studies
Job City & StateAsheville, NC
Essential Job Duties

This Research Associate will provide expertise in soil moisture and drought monitoring in fulfilling the following primary duties and responsibilities:

Develop and verify a historical soil moisture record (both remote sensing- and ground observation-based) and creating scaling techniques for characterizing water balance components, from plot (~10 m) to regional scales (~100 km). He/she will also enhance remote sensing tools for monitoring evapotranspiration over natural and agricultural landscapes, 48-month milestone to complete validation of networks to gravimetric soil moisture measurements.

Develop scaling strategies and methodologies to upscale USDA ARS watershed data sets to national network and satellite remote sensing pixels available from the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission as well as other remote sensing platforms of interest.

Perform validation analysis of the scaling methodologies using available field experimentation datasets.

Apply machine-learning techniques for generating modeled soil moisture records.

Coordinate with data providers and other NOAA programs/projects, as well as other teams and working groups as directed or needed.

Fully participate in unit (CICS-NC, GCAD, NCEI, etc) activities and meetings and make timely presentations at appropriate scientific venues as requested or needed.

Other related duties as assigned.

Other Work/Responsibilities 
Minimum Experience/Education

A Masters degree in meteorology, atmospheric or environmental sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, physics, engineering, or Earth sciences related field with 2-5 years experience in scientific programming, analysis, and/or relevant research working with satellite or other remotely sensed soil moisture data and in situ soil observations data.

At least 2 peer reviewed publications in climate sciences or a related area.

Demonstrated knowledge of advanced statistical methods and proficiency in developing operational code and computer applications using FORTRAN, C, C++, Perl, Python, etc in an Unix environment.

Departmental Required Skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and solid interpersonal skills with a demonstrated peer-reviewed publication record.

Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines. Must be able to work independently as well as make positive team contributions.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Ph.D. in meteorology, atmospheric or environmental sciences, computer sciences, mathematics, physics, engineering or Earth sciences related field.

More than 5 peer reviewed publications in soil science or a related area.

At least 5 years experience working with in situ and/or remotely sensed soil moisture data.

Experience using machine learning algorithms.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Please attach cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three professional references.

Job Open Date12/12/2016
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?No
Proposed Hire Date01/09/2017

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