NOA1782 Support Scientist -STAR JPSS Land Team

US-MD-College Park
4 days ago
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I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) (, a science and technical company supporting U.S. Federal Government, located in Rockville, Maryland is currently seeking to hire a Support Scientist to join our team efforts to support NOAA/NESDIS/Center for Satellite Applications Research (STAR).  IMSG supports STAR in applied science research and development efforts in a semi-research and semi-operational working environment along with U.S. government scientists, visiting scientists, and other contractors.  This task is to support the STAR JPSS Land Team.



Develop satellite algorithms for land surface products characterizing vegetation condition (NDVI, EVI, GVF, LAI, fPAR). Retrieve land surface variables from multi-platform and multi-spectrum satellite measurements. Major activities include but not limited to the following:

  • Update SNPP VIIRS vegetation algorithm/products for JPSS
  • Develop science algorithms to produce vegetation products
  • Proxy Data Collection for Algorithm Development and Testing
  • Create product documentation
  • Collaborate with NCEP/EMC (NOAA user) to facilitate the use of the new near real-time JPSS vegetation products in NCEP NWP models
  • Support STAR Enterprise Algorithm activities



  • Self-motivated scientist with M.S. degree in physical sciences
  • Strong programming background using Java, C, C++, FORTRAN 90, and IDL
  • Experience working with HDF-4/5, GRIB/GRIB2/NetCDF data formats
  • Experience working with VIIRS, MODIS, AVHRR, Landsat/ETM+ and other comparable satellite imagery.
  • Understanding the retrieval of GVF from AVHRR and VIIRS data
  • Knowledge of remote sensing of vegetation.
  • Familiarity with Software Configuration Management
  • Team-work oriented; strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Experience in applying the principles of radiative transfer for inferring surface properties from satellite observations, especially for uses of moderate and medium resolution optical imager instrument data
  • Experience writing peer-reviewed articles for journal publications
  • Experience transitioning research results to operations/applications
  • Experience validating satellite remote sensing land products
  • Experience in the development, testing or maintenance of science algorithms used to produce environmental data products

Please note this position requires a US citizenship or Green Card holder.



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