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Business Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Administrative/Professional

The Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)

The position will be a part of the administrative team for the Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Institute (GPHI), The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology II (CRESST II) & The Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET).  The Centers were formed under three distinct Cooperative Agreement awards from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. GPHI is a collaboration between UMBC and University of Maryland, College Park scientists that are supported through the Heliophysics Division at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). CRESSTII is a collaboration between University of Maryland, College Park and UMBC scientists that are supported through the the Earth Sciences Division at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and JCET scientists are supported through the Earth Sciences Division at GSFC. The administrative staff that supports these centers work with UMBC staff, students, research faculty, GSFC Sponsors, appointed fellows and affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty. For more information see:  JCETGPHI, CRESSTII.

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Assistant Professor Search

August 27, 2019 11:00 AM

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Physics, Atmospheric Physics Program (ATPH), invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position with a research focus in one or more of the following research areas: regional to global scale climate modeling with emphasis in boundary layer processes, numerical simulation of aerosol-cloud interactions, computational fluid dynamics, or other areas related to numerical weather/climate simulation to begin on or before August 2020. Exceptionally qualified candidates may also be considered at a higher level of appointment. Candidates are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the department and group through research, teaching and service.  We seek candidates who have the capacity to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program that complements existing faculty research interests, and who are able to teach effectively both the undergraduate physics curricula and graduate atmospheric courses in the ATPH program.  A PhD in Physics or in a closely related field is required.

UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service.  It is located in the Baltimore suburbs, 15 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and 30 minutes from Washington D.C., in an area with a high concentration of federal and private research laboratories and research universities. The Department of Physics currently consists of 21 tenure-track and 16 research faculty, 46 PhD students and 160 undergraduate majors.  The department offers a BS and BA in Physics, and both MS and PhD degrees in Physics and in Atmospheric Physics.  Research expenditures currently exceed $6M per year. For more information, see The ATPH program has 5 tenured/tenure-track professors and about 15 graduate students and a vibrant and well-established long-term collaboration with various NASA research centers including at the Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, (JCET;

UMBC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from diverse backgrounds, including women and under-represented minorities, are particularly encouraged to apply. Interest and experience in working with a diverse student and faculty population is valued.  UMBC and the Department of Physics are dedicated to creating an inclusive, collegial environment where all faculty members can achieve excellence. Information on faculty diversity initiatives and faculty groups is available at, and information on the resources provided to help balance work and personal priorities are available at

Interested candidates should upload an application letter, a CV, detailed research and teaching plans, a statement of commitment to Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education, and the names and addresses of at least three references on the Interfolio website at Applications will be received until a suitable candidate is identified. Applications received by November 1, 2019 will receive full consideration.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate


Research Activity:

The Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) in cooperation of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and Physics Department of UMBC seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The research scope of this position is to advance the understanding of desert dust cycle and its interactions with the energy, water, and carbon cycles of the Earth system through integrating satellite observations and model simulations. Successful applicant will focus research on one of several projects, including (a) investigating the interannual to decadal variability of atmospheric dust, (b) quantifying the dust long-range transport and deposition, (c) assessing the dust direct radiative effects, and (d) studying dust-cloud interactions and the consequential impacts on weather and climate. The initial appointment will be for one (1) year period, with a possibility for extension of additional 1-2 years depending on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience.


The successful applicant should have a recent PhD degree in atmospheric sciences or physics with strong background in atmospheric radiation, aerosol/cloud physics, and/or satellite remote sensing. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in research related directly to atmospheric dust, as well as the ability to handle large datasets from polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites. Experience with dust modeling is a plus. The successful applicant must be proficient with UNIX/Linux systems and computer programming languages such as Python, FORTRAN 90, and IDL. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. The selection is contingent upon possessing appropriate visa status to meet requirements for employment.

For best consideration, submit electronically a cover letter (indicating the specific position number above), a complete curriculum vitae, home address, visa status (if applicable), names, emails, and telephone numbers of three (3) references preferably by November 1, 2019 (although applications for this position will be accepted until the position is filled) to: Belay Demoz (, Director, JCET, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Suite 320, 5523 Research Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21228. UMBC is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer.

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