USA citizens: Advanced Research in Groundwater Hydrology (10 positions)


NGA Research is seeking a physical scientist with demonstrated ability and R&D experience in hydrology/hydrogeology.  The ideal candidate will have a background including model based exploitation of multiple data types including remote sensing, open source, and/or geochemical data.

As populations expand and precipitation events are altered by environmental variability, national and regional water security becomes more tenuous. Populations’ abilities to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods, human well-being, and socio-economic development is called into question. Although water is set to become increasingly difficult to manage, the techniques for monitoring and estimating water availability (especially without traditional field measurements like well experiments and stream gauge data) have not kept pace with the outsized importance of water as a resource. To this end, the visiting scientist will identify opportunities to leverage unclassified and classified data and design new techniques for monitoring and understanding water security and accessibility around the globe.

NGA Visiting Scientists apply the scientific method across one or more disciplines to advance Geospatial Science and enhance Agency Tradecraft through systematic experimentation and exploitation.  They serve as principle investigators for scientific research projects and facilitate collaboration among diverse domains to further scientific inquiry and application.  These Scientists plan and conduct research, provide technical guidance and oversight, report results, and advise management on new and evolving technology.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders.  Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA.  NGA enables all of these critical actions and shapes decisions that impact our world through the indispensable discipline of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).

Headquartered in Springfield, VA, with facilities in St. Louis, MO, NGA is a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and a Department of Defense (DoD) Combat Support Agency.

  • Student applicants must be completing a Ph.D. or post-doctoral appointment with backgrounds in hydrology, geology, or other relevant discipline.
  •  Current college or university faculty members on sabbatical are also eligible. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  •  Applicants must demonstrate experience applying the scientific method and modern research techniques in a field directly applicable or highly related to the GEOINT Research. 
  • Applicants should have experience working within a research environment and show an ability to conceptualize a broad research agenda, to plan and execute specific research projects, and to meet task deadlines and goals. Applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Applicants must have strong knowledge of water budgets and hydrological models.
  • Knowledge of scientific computing/scripting languages such as R and/or Python as well as experience working with remote sensing and geographic data is highly desirable.
  • Ability to integrate with large data repositories and high-performance computing a plus.
  • U.S. citizenship is required for the applicant. Please see further eligibility under Security Requirements. 
  • If the research project is classified, a background check will be conducted for a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance and completion of a Questionnaire for National Security Positions will be required.  Visiting scientists are also subject to Counterintelligence Polygraph examinations and drug testing in order to maintain access to Top Secret information.  Please refer to section on Security Requirements.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral degree or have received this degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Physics (All)
    • Earth and Geosciences (All)
    • Mathematics and Statistics (All)
    • Computer Sciences (All)
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (All)
  • Veteran Status: None