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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 256874-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Application and Web Development

Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is a research and development center with an international reputation for developing instrumentation for both terrestrial and space flight applications. SSEC's mission includes the support of faculty and academic staff led research, development, fabrication and implementation of space flight experiments, as well as the development of new meteorological research tools for national and international use.

This position seeks a qualified individual to support both the SSEC/CIMSS Satellite-based Cloud and Atmospheric Product Retrieval Group and the Polar Radiant Energy in the Far Infrared Experiment (PREFIRE) Group.

The successful candidate will work with a research team conducting retrievals of atmospheric cloud and related products from various polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites. Focus for current satellites will be on the U.S. Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R series and the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) series. The candidate will also conduct prelaunch analysis and software development for the PREFIRE CubeSat satellites and Geostationary Extended Operations (GeoXO) series. They will also assist in the development and testing of improved methods for various aspects of satellite data retrieval methods, leading to implementation in the data processing systems. Finally, the candidate will assist in testing and development of storage and distribution systems serving large satellite data products.

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.

This position is located in the Scientific Computing operational area.

Responsibilities: Software Engineer/Developer I (IT002)
Software Engineer/Developer II (IT003)
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


Master's Degree in Atmospheric Science, Physics, Computer Science, or related field.


Knowledge and experience in manipulating and analyzing large data sets is required. Strong technical background in computing within a UNIX environment is necessary. Proficiency in scientific programming languages such as Python, Fortran, and IDL is required. Candidate must be familiar with shell scripting and data formats such as hdf, netcdf, and grib.

Background in scientific programming, satellite-based remote sensing applications, and processing output from Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models are desired. Experience implementing software for satellite measurement processing, specifically with processing systems that generate weather and climate decision support products, is an asset.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

This position may require 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. This will be reviewed on an annual basis, corresponding with the campus fiscal year.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $58,000 Maximum $90,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Salary will commensurate with advanced degree or substantial experience.

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

How to Apply:

To begin the application process, click the "Apply Now" button. Please 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:

Software Engineer/Developer I(IT002) or Software Engineer/Developer II(IT003)



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.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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