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    The Chemistry and Dynamics Branch within the Science Directorate is seeking an individual to serve as a Research Physical Scientist, responsible for interpreting physical and chemical observations of the troposphere using atmospheric data analysis. A major research focus is the interpretation of airborne chemical data gathered in coordinated field campaigns, especially those sponsored by NASA's Tropospheric Composition Program. A major operational focus is to develop improved architectures for synthesis, integration, sub-setting, archival and stewardship of airborne campaign and associated data sets. The incumbent will work within a team conducting interpretative analysis of in-situ and remotely sensed observations of trace gases and of the physical and optical properties of aerosols. Works within a team that develops, recommends and/or implements improvements to current airborne data standards at NASA, and other agencies and organizations. Research is coordinated with colleagues at NASA, other government agencies, universities and non-governmental organizations.

    This position will be filled at either the GS-11 or GS-12 level. Promotion to the full performance level of GS-13, may occur when eligible and recommended by management. Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

    Degrees in Atmospheric Science or Physical Science are preferred with specialization in measurements or analyses of atmospheric composition. Training or experience in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering with specialization in software data processing systems for scientific applications is favorable.

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    Processes data sets from individual airborne instruments to create highly synthesized data products for high order analysis, with emphasis on NASA airborne data format and metadata standards. Performs data analysis and assists in the development of policy and guidelines for data structures and access strategies that conform to organization and mission requirements. Works in teams to develop and implement new data management schemes, and in some cases leads such teams. Develops logical data analysis models to be translated into workable physical database schemes and structures in the database development process. Verifies analysis and/or model integrity and maintains and revises existing tools and that data tools are capable of responding to changing requirements. Works with mission study teams to develop, and sometimes lead or co-lead in the definition of, mission data management plans, data merges, and web-based data management and analysis tools. Works in teams to adapt data management, data archive and data analysis methods and approaches to meet the unique requirements of a specific mission or application, sometimes leading such activities.

    Conducts physical science studies in atmospheric composition, air quality and climate, with focus in the area of airborne measurements of atmospheric aerosols and trace gases, and is responsible for project data reporting. Works in teams conducting studies and analyses of highly unstructured and interconnected problems involving both advanced technology and complex data interdependencies, in some cases leading those teams. Contributes new designs or techniques that are of material significance in solving important applied problems with unprecedented or novel aspects. Works in teams, sometimes in a leadership role, to establish unique methods and applications that provide innovative solutions to complex physical science issues, and develop original concepts for advanced data management technologies and/or data systems. Uses statistics relevant to data analysis and advanced programming skills in data analysis and data file manipulation. Integrates various study and analysis results into comprehensive technical briefings, reports, and technical papers.

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