James Marshall's Work Experience


When my graduate studies neared completion, I began my search for a regular job. I started with post-docs and fellowships, which is pretty standard when you're following the path towards an academic tenure-track position. However, I didn't have much success and decided that a break from heavy research might be good, so I looked for other teaching/tutoring positions or jobs in industry rather than academia. In May 2005, I was contacted by INNOVIM about a Software Engineer position they had open. They liked my science background and were looking for that more so than a straight computer scientist, so when I got an offer, I accepted it. It's a bit of a change, especially since the work is more in the Earth science field, but it's good opportunity that's helping to develop my skills and providing experience in some new areas. Since then, I've been promoted to Senior Staff Scientist and had a title change to Senior Systems Engineer/Scientist. The vast majority of the time, I worked on contract at NASA (see below), but also spent some time with INNOVIM's Business Development department as a Business Development Specialist, performing a variety of tasks including identifying, researching, and tracking opportunities, proposal management, proposal development, and generally helping out where needed with business development activities.

I work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center supporting the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission's Project Science Office (PSO) and their Science Computing Facility (SCF). Previously, I worked with the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument group on documenting the implementation of science MODIS algorithms that produce MODIS data products. I was originally hired to work on a Software Reuse project, which also has a Reuse WG Facebook Group, a Reuse WG LinkedIn Group, and a Reuse WG Twitter Feed for those who want additional sources of news and interaction, and this was my primary task for about six years. My work on this task also earned me the Reuse WG's peer-recognition award in the peer education category in 2010. (See the web logo image below.)
[NASA ESDS Software Reuse WG Peer-Recognition Software Reuse Award -- 2010 Peer Education Award Recipient]

While at Goddard, I also worked on some other tasks to a lesser extent, including doing some programming and web development for an element of the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (previously called the NPOESS Preparatory Project) and providing some assistance to the systems engineering team, assisting in the development of the Ozone and Air Quality web site for ozone data and information which is basically a new version of the old TOMS web site, helping to provide more complete documentation of the TOMS ozone retrieval algorithm, and assisting in an outreach project for the ESIP Federation. I also serve as International Faculty on the International Institute for Interoperability Science currently in formation under the direction of Michael Leyton of Rutgers University.

Ideally, I'd like to get back into my original field of astronomy, and doing so at NASA Goddard would be great. Hopefully one of these days I'll get that chance.

On a related note, I am a member of a few different professional societies and have been in the astronomy and physics societies longer than the others. For some other work-related info about me, mainly related to publications, the following sites might be of interest: my Academia.edu profile, my Google Scholar Citations, my ORCID profile, my ResearcherID profile, and my ReseachGate profile.

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