GD119 Scientific Developer for Atmospheric and Earth Data Support

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center nestled in the Maryland suburbs of Greenbelt is just 30 minutes from the heartbeat of America – Washington, D.C. Now you can have it all, the nightlife, museums, great food and theater. Work in a place that pushes the envelope of science every day, yet spy a deer or a Canadian goose as you stroll the grounds of Goddard during lunch.

This position requires a motivated and capable programmer/developer to provide end-to-end support for the Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), to facilitate our mission in support of NASA earth data products. These data products include legacy, current and future  NASA Earth Science mission data (satellite and modeling), and discipline-related products (such as Atmospheric Composition, Climate, and Water Energy Cycle, hydrology, precipitation etc).  For more information about the GES DISC please visit our web site (  

Position responsibilities will include understanding the currently archived data at GES DISC (data formats and associated metadata), developing scientific applications such as algorithms for generating value-added products and applications to support advanced services that can be plugged into existing  visualization and analysis systems, and developing tools to support interoperability for discovering, accessing, customizing, viewing, and analyzing data.  Position responsibilities will also include developing extensive documentation on the data products and services, providing user-focused support, and supporting the GES DISC user outreach efforts.

The applicant is expected to solve complex algorithm or data conversion problems with little or no oversight and have the ability to respond effectively to science data user questions on technical and scientific issues, provide technical and scientific support in enhancing and extending data and information services. As such, excellent communication skills (written and oral) are a must. The candidate will also have demonstrated capability and interest to learn and apply new technologies to tasks at hand and commensurate familiarity with common data formats, data analysis tools, and relevant programming languages (HDF/HDF-EOS, GRADS, netCDF, IDL, Python, Perl, C/C++).


  • M.S./B.S. in physical or earth sciences or related engineering or remote sensing experience with 10+ years hands on experience supporting satellite mission data
  • 5 years related experience; scientific programming experience and skill with use of languages such as (Python, IDL, GRADS, perl, C/C++, Fortran) and data formats HDF/HDF-EOS, HDF5, netCDF4, GRIB, and metadata
  • Excellent inter-personal and communications skills
  • Motivated individual with a keen sense for problem solving and ability to work with little supervision and as part of a team
  • USA Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Experience leading small projects from inception through execution
  • Ability to work in a multi-task environment


  • Experience in an operational data center or with large data storage systems
  • Self motivated individual with experience or interest in leading projects
  • Experience with proposal writing and development is plus
  • Familiarity with UNIX/Linux environment
  • Experience visualizing scientific data or presentation of data for outreach or to a larger user community