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Research Scientist II – Remote Sensing Research Scientist

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Position Title Research Scientist II – Remote Sensing Research Scientist
Department Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
Location Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Negotiable. No less than $60,000/year.
Shift
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? Yes
Title of Position Supervisor Senior Research Scientist I

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Research Scientist II – Remote Sensing Research Scientist position provides leadership and support for MTRI programs focused on the development and application of remote sensing and geospatial analysis to solve governmental and societal needs through sponsored research. Knowledge of remote sensing theory, in particular infrared sensing (IR), and application for environmental science and transportation research is required. The applicant will be expected to develop, select, and lead remote sensing research projects that apply their knowledge of IR sensing. The ability to improve the processing and analysis of remote sensing data through custom coding and analysis will be important. Examples of current research areas include wildland and prescribed fire mapping and assessment, Great Lakes aquatic sensing, invasive species mapping, wetlands assessment, transportation infrastructure assessment, wildland fire danger and emissions mapping, cloud-based and distributed computing, user-friendly app development, improved geotemporal visualization of complex data and patterns, extending UAV-enabling sensing, and Arctic landscape change. The position is based at MTRI in Ann Arbor, MI (www.mtri.org).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Develop, plan, lead, and participate in research projects applying remote sensing, geospatial analysis, earth science knowledge, and analysis skills to solve project tasks for ongoing and new MTRI research projects, with the expectation of planning and coordinating research and development tasks in collaboration with other principal investigators.
2. Lead teams and participate as an integral team member on multi-disciplinary research relating to applying technological skills to solving governmental and societal needs for a diverse set of current research areas, including improved remote sensing geotemporal analysis and visualization of complex data for environmental, transportation, and signal processing projects.
3. Construct and populate geospatial databases applicable to a wide variety of sponsor applications, and be able to deal with issues encountered in data processing and analysis to ensure scientifically-valid data collection.
4. Evaluate, select, and apply the results of data collected and research projects undertaken. Describe and share any concerns about the results or methodology, and recommend or implement countermeasures.
5. Contribute technical expertise at a primary and co-author level to specific aspects of conference presentations, journal articles, and technical reports, and be able to take the lead on preparing technical reports. The employee will be expected to exercise independent judgment using their expertise to help define how tasks will be completed, in coordination with project leaders, while being responsible for their own work.
6. Lead and contribute to competitive proposals including development of specific tasks.
7. Assess effectiveness of safety measures and training and implement necessary changes. Anticipate and recognize problems and potential problems at the individual and system levels. Recognize and respond appropriately to potential and actual unsafe situations.
8. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
9. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

PhD in remote sensing, GIS, geospatial technology, geography, computer science, computer engineering, physics, mathematics, earth science, ecology, or closely related field
OR
Master’s degree in remote sensing, GIS, geospatial technology, geography, computer science, computer engineering, physics, mathematics, earth science, ecology, or closely related field and at least 6 years of experience.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Algorithm development with remote sensing technologies and data, including multi-spectral and/or hyperspectral thermal infrared (IR) imagery, for environmental and/or transportation applications.
• Experience with analysis and processing of IR remote sensing data using software tools such as MATLAB, ERDAS Imagine, or ENVI+IDL, including development of new methods.
• Practical, demonstrated knowledge of Python and one or more other programming languages (C, C++, C#, Java).
• Coursework in higher-level math, statistics, and remote sensing.
• Coursework in a relevant remote sensing application area, such as earth science, ecology, environmental engineering, and/or transportation research.
• Experience with command-line operations using the Bash/UNIX shell (including Mac OSX or Linux).
• Demonstrated organizational ability and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to lead and participate in team projects.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience with desktop ESRI or QGIS desktop software, including Python programming, data analysis, and visualization.
• Experience in a remote sensing and/or geospatial research environment.
• Experience with numerical analysis software (such as SPSS, S-Plus, SAS, JMP, R, or MATLAB).
• Knowledge of integrating high-resolution data from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into analysis workflows.
• Experience with development, management, and documentation of large geospatial datasets.
• Experience in web development including basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Ability to obtain a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance, which requires United States citizenship. May not possess dual citizenship.
• Knowledge of remote sensing theory for application.
• Excellent written/oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated organizational ability and attention to detail.
• Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to significant matters related to job duties.
• Demonstrated ability to participate in team projects.
• Demonstrated leadership of safety principles and practices.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated GIS skills and understanding of spatial concepts and theory.
• Ability to contribute to competitive grant proposals.
• Ability to clearly communicate complex ideas through symposia, methods documentation, reports, and publications.

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training
Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 18089
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 02/16/2018
External Posting Date 02/16/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
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Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * Do you have the ability to obtain a Department of Defense security clearance, which requires United States citizenship (cannot have dual citizenship)?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Select your level of education and experience.
    • PhD in remote sensing, GIS, geospatial technology, geography, computer science, computer engineering, physics, mathematics, earth science, ecology, or a closely related field.
    • Master’s degree in remote sensing, GIS, geospatial technology, geography, computer science, computer engineering, physics, mathematics, earth science, ecology, or a closely related field and at least 6 years of experience.
    • Neither.
  3. * Do you have experience in developing, planning, leading, and participating in research projects applying remote sensing, geospatial analysis, earth science knowledge, and analysis skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience in algorithm development with remote sensing technologies and data, including thermal IR sensing and/or imaging, for environmental and/or transportation applications?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience with analysis and processing of IR remote sensing data using software tools such as MATLAB, ERDAS Imagine, or ENVI+IDL, including development of new methods?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have practical, demonstrated knowledge of Python and one (1) or more other programming languages, such as, C++, C#, VB.NET, or Java?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have coursework in high level math, statistics, and remote sensing?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have experience with basic command line operations using the Bash/UNIX shell (including Mac OSX or Linux)?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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