Assistant Research Scientist - Geospatial Ecology

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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

Department: Michigan Tech Research Institute 

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.

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Job Description Summary

The Assistant Research Scientist-Geospatial Ecology position provides support for MTRI programs focused on the application of geospatial analysis and image processing to solve governmental and societal needs through sponsored research. The ability to improve the processing, analysis, and visualization of remote sensing data will be important. Examples of current research areas include mapping of invasive wetland species, assessing transportation infrastructure, modeling impacts of high hydrologic flow, estimating emission impacts from wildfires, improving geotemporal visualization of complex data and patterns, and extending UAV-enabling sensing. The position is based at MTRI in Ann Arbor, MI ( ).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Participate as an important team member in research projects applying geospatial analysis, image processing, data curation, sustainability, and ecological knowledge to solve project tasks for ongoing and new MTRI research projects, with the expectation of supporting research and development tasks under supervision of a principal investigator.
2. Participate as a team member on multidisciplinary research relating to applying technological skills to solving governmental and societal needs for a diverse set of current research areas, including geotemporal analysis and visualization of complex data for ecological, transportation, and signal processing projects.
3. Under direction, apply geospatial image processing capabilities to research tasks, and be able to deal with issues encountered in data processing and analysis to ensure scientifically valid data collection.
5. Interpret the results of multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal, satellite, and other data collected and/or downloaded for research projects. Describe and share any concerns about the results or methodology, and recommend or implement countermeasures.
6. Participate in occasionally intensive field deployments, including the potential for boat-based water quality sampling, UAV data collections, and backcountry data collections.
7. Contribute to specific aspects of conference presentations, journal articles, and technical reports. Help represent MTRI in public and professional outreach opportunities. The employee will be expected to apply judgment to technical and safety aspects of assignments.
8. Contribute to competitive proposals.
9. 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.
10. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
11. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Master’s degree in Environmental Justice and Conservation Ecology.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Experience with processing and analysis of remote sensing data using ArcGIS Pro.
• Experience with Great Lakes satellite imagery analysis.
• Knowledge of analyzing elevation data for hydrologic flow analysis.
• Demonstrated experience in integrating field work into project workflows to produce remote sensing results.
• Coursework in geospatial data science, ecology and/or environmental science, and GIS.
• Demonstrated organizational ability and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to participate in team projects.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Internship experience in a geospatial research environment.
• Experience with Great Lakes ecosystems.

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.
• Excellent written/oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated organizational ability and attention to detail.
• Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to technical and safety aspects of job duties.
• Demonstrated ability to participate in team projects.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. 

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated GIS and remote sensing analysis skills and understanding of spatial concepts and theory.
• Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly through symposia, methods documentation, reports, and publications.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 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 

  • Annual Title IX 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.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable based on experience, No less than $40,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Senior Research Scientist I

Posting Type

Internal and External Posting

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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