Scientific Programmer/Analyst - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:44 -- exf107

Scientific Programmer/Analyst
Open Date: 04/01/2015
Location: GSFC, Greenbelt
Full/Part Time: Full Time
US Citizen/Perm Res Required? US Citizen desired. Will consider Permanent Resident.
Position Description:
SSAI is seeking a Sr. Scientific Programmer Analyst to work on multi-spectral earth remote
sensing projects for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The work location is at Goddard Space
Flight Center at Greenbelt, MD. The position requires utilizing spacecraft attitude, spacecraft
ephemeris, telemetry data, remote sensing instrument’s camera model for accurate geolocation of
the instrument observations and refinement of the geolocation information with application of
ground truth to instrument observations. The incumbent in this position will also characterize
instrument geometric/spatial properties including instrument pixel resolution, band to band
registration, and instrument modulation transfer function. The incumbent will support the team
responsible for generating the first level calibrated and geo-located data products.
Required Knowledge/Skills/Qualifications
A minimum of an M.S. degree in mathematics, computer or physical sciences and five years of
relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
• A good analytic background in engineering, physics and math is necessary.
• Working knowledge of IDL or Matlab, C or C++, and FORTRAN
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Experience with physics related to satellite geolocation, orientation and orbit
• Ability to look at interrelated physics that impact data interpretations and solutions.
• Ability to evolve in changing program needs.
• Self-starter and ability to collaborate on a small team of highly independent scientists.
• Legal Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizenship. All Candidates must be able to pass a
National Agency Clearance with Inquiries (NACI) screening.
Desired Knowledge/Skills/Qualifications
• Experience with image processing and analysis
• Expertise with optical remote sensing instruments
• Experience with writing journal-quality papers, reports and memoranda
• Effective oral communications and public presentations

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Subject: Open positions at NASA Goddard
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:09:04 -0400
From: Shriram Ilavajhala <>
To: Beth King <>
CC: Anthony Robinson <>

Hello Beth,
Hope you are doing well.

I've met Dr. Anthony Robinson at AAG yesterday and discussed some open positions available with my company (SSAI, Inc) for some very exciting projects at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. All these positions involve directly working on projects at NASA and involve working with NASA Earth Science Data, particularly with MODIS Aqua and Terra data.
Dr. Robinson recommended that I send you the listings to see if anybody from Penn State (on campus/world campus) would be interested in the positions. I'm attaching four position descriptions that are currently open. I am wondering if you could advertise these positions via relevant platforms (mailing lists, etc).
Anybody interested can contact me directly either here ( or preferably at my work address at for an informal chat. I can quickly arrange for an interview with my team for anybody interested. We are flexible on experience requirements, as long as the individual has the right set of technical skills and enthusiasm.
Please let me know if you have any questions for me. I sincerely thank you for your help.