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Research Scientist II - Infrared Remote Sensing Specialist

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Department: Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

University Required Statement:  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 – Infrared Remote Sensing Specialist 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 or 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 IR remote sensing data through custom coding and analysis will be important. Examples of current research areas include wildland and prescribed fire mapping and effects 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. 1. Develop, plan, lead, and participate in research projects applying infrared (IR) 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 IR remote sensing data analysis and visualization of complex data for environmental and interdisciplinary projects.
    3. 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 in IR sensing 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 that use and exploit IR data and products.
    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.
  2. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives. **
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Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)


  • • PhD in remote sensing, geospatial technology, geography, computer science, computer engineering, physics, mathematics, earth science, ecology, or closely related field;
    OR
    • Master’s degree in remote sensing, 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 IR 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. **
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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.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

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Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 


Required Departmental Training: 

  • 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.

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.

Title of Position Supervisor

Senior Research Scientist I

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

 

Additional Information

 


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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