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Apply now Job no: 240798-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

To understand our world and the universe, the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) develops, deploys and supports
instrumentation and software systems for research purposes across the world and beyond! SSEC's history of developing a
diverse set of instruments ranges from the first weather satellite, to aircraft instruments monitoring the atmosphere, and to
ground based atmospheric observing instrumentation. The challenge of operating research systems, in these environments,
requires a broad set of disciplines and skills from the team of people involved. This dynamic environment requires us to learn
about new scientific advances, systems and technologies on a regular basis. SSEC's mission supports faculty and academic
staff led research with the development, fabrication, and implementation of experiments and new scientific research tools for
national and international use.

This position is located in the SSEC/CIMSS Aviation/Weather Hazards - Volcanic Ash unit.

The successful candidate will work with a research team developing and generating actionable near-realtime analysis of volcanic events worldwide, combining data from various polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites. Particular focus is on the U.S. Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) series and Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) series, as well as related sensors on European, Japanese, and Korean spacecraft, in order to approach world-wide coverage of volcanic events. The candidate will also assist in the development and testing of improved methods for atmospheric state retrieval from satellite data, leading to accuracy and performance improvements in the VOLcanic Cloud Analysis Toolkit (VOLCAT) data processing system. Finally, the candidate will assist in tasks related to deployment, testing, and delivery automation using Continuous Integration automation, in collaboration with funding agencies seeking to perform production system integration.

The position requires the ability to work creatively, independently, and as part of a team. The candidate must have effective writing and communication skills, and is expected to pursue collaborations with experts nationally and internationally. The candidate is expected to contribute to professional journal articles, assist in proposal preparation, and to make technical presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

M.S. in Atmospheric Science, Physics or related science, with a background in programming for satellite-based remote sensing application.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Knowledge and experience in satellite measurement processing, specifically with processing systems that generate weather and climate decision support products. Experience working with large data sets and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) data products are required. Strong technical background in numerical computing within a UNIX environment is necessary. Proficiency in scientific programming languages including Fortran and Python are required. Candidate should be familiar with shell scripting, and scientific data formats such as HDF and NetCDF. Experience with Agile software development methodology, continuous integration, Git revision control, and software containerization are preferred but not required. Experience with Machine Learning (ML, "AI") approaches, especially as applicable to feature detection and tracking in multi-channel imagery is also preferred but not required.



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 75% - 100%

This position requires some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location. Remote work agreements will be reviewed on an annual basis, minimally.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $63,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the "Apply Now" button. You will need to upload your resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience.


Denise Weidner
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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