Job Overview


The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is part of the largest and most diverse astrophysical institutions in the world, where the staff carries out a broad program of research in astronomy, astrophysics and earth and space sciences. If you would like to join this exciting organization, apply today!

This is the position of Physicist in the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The employee will perform research on atmospheric composition measurements from Earth satellites. The employee will be part of a research group working to design, develop and implement software for atmospheric measurements and to perform scientific research using such measurements. The software will include advanced algorithms for production of data products for gases, aerosols, and clouds. Research includes Earth science process studies using satellite measurements, including studies of pollution sources, sinks, and transformations.


Duties of the position may include but are not limited to: 

  1. Defining scientific and system requirements to develop and evaluate advanced scientific and numerical algorithms. This will involve implementing retrieval algorithms for satellite-based nadir remote sensing of tropospheric constituents. Obtain necessary data to verify requirements and test software.
  2. Assisting other scientists and/or programmers in developing programs for and in use of the satellite measurements.
  3. Performing scientific studies involving satellite measurements, global chemical transport modeling, radiative transfer, tropospheric chemistry, and spectroscopy.
  4. Preparing refereed publications and present talks at professional meetings.