Remote Sensing Technologist for Water and Ecosystems
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Soil moisture and vegetation water content are critical components of Earth’s water cycle, understanding terrestrial ecosystem functioning and health, and underlie numerous water resources applications including surface water availability and agriculture. The Water and Ecosystems group (329F) in the Earth Science Section (3290) is seeking a full time Technologist to work in the following areas: SMAP science and algorithms development – with a focus on improving soil moisture retrievals through improved correction for surface roughness and vegetation effects; exploring the use of SMAP / Global Navigation Satellite System Reflectometry (GNSS-R) Signals of Opportunity, including support for field campaigns and science algorithm Development; advancing the use of SMAP, GNSS-R, along with other observations (which may include NISAR, SWOT, TIR, and VSWIR) to support research and applications in hydrology and ecosystems, including interactions between climate and water.
In this role you will be responsible for the following:
- Perform analysis of synergistic SMAP and GNSS-R mission data for soil moisture algorithm improvement
- Participate in regular SMAP science and algorithm team meetings
- Participate in SoOp hydrology mission design and science requirement definition
- Support the operation of airborne SoOp instrument for field campaigns and perform data analysis
- Participate in regular 329F team meetings
- Participate in proposal writing opportunities with 329F team members
- Support other data analysis and code implementation activities in support of 329F projects
- Identify linkages between SMAP and SoOp teams and 329F research and applications activities
The following qualifications are required:
- PhD degree in electrical engineering, mathematics, geoscience, Earth science, hydrology, or similar technical discipline.
- Direct experience with GNSS-R remote sensing data
- Experience in manipulating remote sensing data through software, including C and/or MATLAB.
- Demonstrated problem-solving ability in research and broad range of experimental skills.
The following qualifications are preferred:
- Experience and interest in field work
- Experience in processing GNSS-R data products
- Experience in GNSS-R calibration technology
- A track record of contributing to peer-reviewed publications in their area of research
- Experience and /or interest in contributing to broader fields of water cycle research, investigating land-sea connectivity, and water resources applications
- Experience in analyzing remote sensing data through other open source software and programming languages (Python, R)
Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three references. Please combine all documents into one PDF.
Applications received by January 9, 2023 will receive full consideration.
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The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.
The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.
$75,608 – $114,816
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