Research Scientist - Atmospheric Sciences (142306)

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Research Scientist
Department of Atmospheric Sciences

School of Earth, Society and Environment
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Research Scientist position will carry out research in support of sponsored projects involving Earth-observing satellite missions and computational modeling that targets problems in weather and climate research.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit


• Lead and carryout research on sponsored projects involving Earth-observing satellite missions and computational modeling that targets problems in weather and climate research. Develop, validate, and maintain algorithms for processing satellite. Write reports and publish new findings in peer-reviewed literature. Travel and present research at meetings and conferences, and collaborate with external scientists that are critical to the sponsored projects.

• Advise students and postdocs who are supported under the same projects that support this position. This includes advising on code development, research presentations and publications, and mentorship in career development.


Required: Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or related field; Research experience in advancing knowledge of Earth’s climate system using satellite observations as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications.

Preferred: Preferences for experience in satellite remote sensing of cloud, aerosol, and radiation budgets, as well as in large-scale data processing and analysis. Experience in working with data from the Terra and AHI satellite.

Successful candidates must be highly motivated and creative with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Commitment to diversity and inclusion. Ability to work both independently and in a team, help mentor students, and lead sponsored projects to successful completion. Proficient programming skills, preferably in python, with excellent knowledge of Linux and cloud computing environments.


This is a full-time academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Duties will transfer from on-line to in-person once university COVID-19 work restrictions are lifted.


To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at, directly apply to our position and upload your cover letter, resume by April 29, 2021. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-6747. For further information on this specific position, please contact Larry Di Girolamo at [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Liberal Arts and Sciences Category:6-Research Title:Research Scientist - Atmospheric Sciences (142306) Open Date:04/09/2021 Organization Name:Atmospheric Sciences




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Posted: 4/11/2021
Application Due: 7/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time