Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth System Cyberinfrastructure

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Department Center for Spatial Information Science & Systems (CSISS)
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Job Category Instructional or Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth System Cyberinfrastructure
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth System Cyberinfrastructure
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F269AZ
Recruit Number Faculty - 7288
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Location Fairfax, VA
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Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth System Cyberinfrastructure

The George Mason University, Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS) in the College of Science invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The successful candidate will primarily work on an interdisciplinary NSF EarthCube Integration project, the CyberWay, funded by the National Science Foundation. This position is full-time with benefits. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable based on performance and the availability of funding.


The incumbent will work with a multidisciplinary team from collaborative institutes and organizations for the EarthCube Integration project. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Work directly under the Principle Investigator to participate in designing, developing, and implementing the cyberinfrastructure system of systems through integrating the capabilities and systems of multiple existing EarthCube building blocks;
  • Assist the PI and participating scientists in design, execution, and modeling of interdisciplinary Earth science studies with the systems to achieve science-driven project goals; and
  • Actively work with the PI and collaborators in preparing and publishing the research results in scientific journals and conferences.

Required Qualifications:

  • The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences or closely related field at the starting time of the appointment;
  • Hands-on experience with open geospatial Web service standards and specifications;
  • Experience in Earth science modeling with strong programming experience;
  • Working knowledge of Earth science modeling;
  • Working knowledge of geoscientific cyberinfrastructures;
  • Experience in Web-based geographic information system design and development;
  • Experience in using Java, C/C++ or other languages for scientific programming and processing geographic information system (GIS) data;
  • Experience in using databases for managing GIS data; and
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Open-Source geospatial software packages, e.g. GDAL and OSGeo packages;
  • Familiar with OGC and ISO TC 211 standards and specifications;
  • Experiences with large system development in cloud computing and Web environment; and
  • Research experience in teleconnection studies of large climate and atmospheric systems.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 30, 2018
Posting Date 03/05/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
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  1. CV