Postdoctoral Associate in Hydrological Modeling

ESSIC is recruiting a Postdoctoral Associate to work with the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD


Date posted

Sep. 29, 2016 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 31, 2016 12:00 am




  • United States

Job description

Research Associate in Hydrological Modeling

Department: UMD/ESSIC
Starting Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: Monday, October 31, 2016


ESSIC is recruiting a Postdoctoral Associate to work with The Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD within the framework of the NASA-SERVIR project WALFEHE (A West Africa LDAS for Forecasting Extreme Hydrological Events).

In this project, we propose to partner with the SERVIR-West Africa hub AGRHYMET to provide an improved land data assimilation system for integrated water management with a focus on (1) hydrological modeling to provide meteorological, hydrological, and agricultural drought characterizations and forecasts, and (2) flood modeling and forecasting.

The developments will be performed within the NASA Land Information System (LIS) and will mostly focus on the improvement of model parameters and physics representation, with especial attention to particular hydroclimatic processes in West Africa. He/she will also conduct land data assimilation research, exploring the optimal use of terrestrial remote sensing data with land surface models. The main tasks the candidate will assist with are:

  • Initial implementation and evaluation of land surface models;
  • Implementation and evaluation multivariate data assimilation, using GRACE, satellite-based soil moisture and radar altimetry;
  • NASA GEOS-5 data pre-processing (downscaling and bias-correction) and forecast experiments using OL and DA..


  • The candidate should have advanced experience in land surface and hydrological modeling, and model development. Experience with data assimilation and working with satellite datasets are a plus.

  • Proficiency with Fortran and Unix is required.

  • It is desirable that the candidate has a PhD in engineering, hydrology, atmospheric science, geophysics, or a related discipline.

  • The individual will be expected to present results in peer- reviewed publications and scientific presentations, and writing and reviewing technical reports.

  • Education: PhD

U.U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency or holding a visa from a non-designated country required for entry to NASA. A list of designated countries may be found at

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a CV with a list of at least 3 professional references and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the posted requirements to




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