Hydrology Data Support Scientist


Come see your career take flight at NASA.  

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 Hydrology Data Support Scientist position requires a motivated and capable scientist 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 in particular for those related to hydrologic. precipitation and water related remotely sensed products using the suite of NASA satellites. These data products include legacy, current and future  NASA Earth Science mission data (satellite and modeling), and discipline-related products. For more information about the GES DISC please visit our web site (http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/).    

Data Support Scientist 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. An example of value added support services is our Giovanni web based visualization tool (https://giovanni.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni/).  

The Data Support Scientist 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, Fortran, C).  


  • M.S./B.S. in Earth or Environmental Sciences, hydrology, civil engineering, or related physical or atmospheric related science, engineering
  • Satellite remote sensing experience with 2+ years hands on experience supporting satellite based mission data and products
  • 2+ years related experience; scientific programming experience and skill with use of languages such as (Python, IDL, GRADS, perl, C, Fortran) and data formats HDF/HDF-EOSHDF5, 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
  • Experience leading small projects from inception through execution
  • Ability to work in a multi-task environment

US Citizenship or Permanent Residency Required


  • 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

ADNET Systems, Inc. is an employee-centric company, committed to providing premier benefits that support our employees and their families. With affordable medical and dental plans coupled with leading disability and life insurance options, ADNET offers our employees the benefits most sought after by today’s professional candidate. Furthermore, our benefits package features the extras that distinguish us from other small businesses, ensuring our high employee retention that our customers appreciate. Some features of our compensation plans and environment perks include:

  • Annual Leave/Sick Leave
  • Military and Family Emergency Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Performance Bonuses
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
  • Direct Deposit Payroll
  • 401K Plan with Company Matching and Immediate Vesting
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Swag bags