Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
New Mexico State University
Department Name: 
Street Line 1: 
PO Box 30001, MSC 4500
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PO Box 30001 MSC 4500
Las Cruces
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Atmospheres Node (ATM) of NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS), located in the Astronomy Department at New Mexico State University (NMSU), is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to provide technical and computational expertise to support our archiving efforts, including a new initiative to develop a data annex that would support the archiving of atmospheric model outputs.

ATM is responsible for the acquisition, preservation, and distribution of all non-imaging atmospheric data from all planetary missions (excluding Earth observations), supporting ground-based observations, and planetary analog laboratory and field measurements. The primary goal of the node is to preserve and make available to the research community the highest quality data possible, serving as the interface between data providers, long-term data storage facilities, and data users.

The PDS-ATM Data Scientist roles and responsibilities include the development of data archive pipelines and archiving standards for atmospheric models; providing expertise in model formats/outputs, storage and management of model output in cloud storage; and interacting with various atmospheric modeling communities.

Required experience, skills, and qualifications include familiarity and experience with: planetary science data processing, use of data archives for research, astronomical imaging and/or spectroscopic data, modern software and programming languages such as Python, and familiarity with Linux operating systems. Desired experience, skills, and qualifications include familiarity and experience with large data sets and associated analysis methods, cloud computing, atmospheric modeling codes, and data science methods such as machine learning. Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications may be considered.

Education/ Experience:

Experience in astronomical/planetary research or data scientist/support functions is required.

A PhD degree or equivalent in Astronomy, Planetary Science, Atmospheric Science, Physics, or a related field is required.

Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Please go to NMSU electronic application system at

Employment is contingent on funding and eligibility for employment in U.S. and results of a background verification. EEO/AA.

Application Deadline: Wednesday December 15.

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Nancy Chanover, [email protected]

Pay Compensation
Salary Max: 
$54000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Dr. Nancy Chanover
575 646 2567