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NASA Postdoctoral Program in Phytoplankton Dynamics


The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments. NPP Fellows contribute to national priorities for scientific exploration; confirm NASA’s leadership in fundamental research; and complement the efforts of NASA’s partners in the national science community.
The individual will perform research on phytoplankton physiology using ocean color in the Middle Atlantic Bight. Their work will build upon prior research using observations obtained from a funded Integrated Ocean Observing System project that focused on the coastal region off the Delaware/Maryland/Virginia coasts. We are interested in individuals with some experience in modeling and analysis of carbon cycling by incorporating phytoplankton dynamics, physiology, functional groups, and atmospheric forcing. The individual will work with our group to further the development of an inversion algorithm model that produces estimates of marker pigments for phytoplankton groups from remote sensing products. The individual must have experience in manipulating remote sensing data, MatLab or C++ or Fortran, and scientific writing.
Please inquire with Dr. Tiffany A. Moisan (tiffany.a.moisan@nasa.gov)
Information: http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Eligibility: You must have completed the requirements for a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctorate degree before beginning the fellowship.
You must have U.S. citizenship, Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with pending LPR status, or J-1 Visa status as a Research Scholar before beginning the fellowship. An H-1B Visa status is not acceptable because the NPP is not an employment program. NPP Fellows are eligible for another award five years after the end of the previous appointment.
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