Senior Hyperspectral Scientist / Engineer - REV in Sioux Falls, SD

$80K - $100K(Ladders Estimates)

SGT Inc   •  

Sioux Falls, SD 57118

Industry: Technical Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 56 days ago


KBR (formerly SGT) is helping our customer to build and staff a Center of Excellence for remotely sensed data quality. This workwill be located at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Building on over 47 years of operating the Landsat series of satellites, the EROS Calibration and Validation Center of Excellence (ECCOE) will work with all types of land remote sensing sensors and platforms, bringing the expertise of our team to the challenges of maintaining the superb calibration of the satellites and sensors operated by our customer as well as other sensors nationally and internationally. The team will work to assess the characteristics and utility of data from multiple satellites and airborne platforms and work to develop methods and tools that enhance the interoperability of data from a wide variety of sources. The remote sensing world is growing rapidly around the world. Come be part of this exceptional team working with all areas of the remote sensing community!

Job Description:

We are looking for a senior-level Scientist/Engineer with experience with hyperspectral data and sensors to work within the team to assess the radiometric, spectral and spatial performance of hyperspectral and multispectral imaging systems including the Landsat series of satellites. Areas of work may include: spectral unmixing, using hyperspectral data to simulate data from various multispectral satellites, detector response characterization, artifact correction, noise removal, radiative transfer modeling, cross-calibration between sensors (spaceborne, airborne, and terrestrial), radiance and reflectance product validation, etc. This position will support the EROS Calibration and Validation Center of Excellence (ECCOE). (Scientist II-III LC)

Education: Minimum of a Master of Science Degree in Engineering, Physics, Earth Science, or fields related to remote sensing systems required. A Doctorate/PhD is a strong plus.

Experience: Five or more years working with multispectral and hyperspectral remotely sensed data.


  • Characterize and compare the strengths and weaknesses of data from various space-borne and airborne sensors.
  • Develop and refine methods for the characterizing and improving the quality of data in the EROS archives.
  • Develop and execute methods for the assessing and monitoring the ongoing performance of EROS-developed products, including surface reflectance, surface temperature, and higher-level products.
  • Develop new methods of data analyses across multiple datasets including tools to support analyses locally and in the cloud.
  • Communicate with outside agencies, universities, and companies, nationally and internationally
  • Reporting as required, including at regular meetings with ECCOE Project Management as well as producing peer-reviewed publications.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong experience working with multi- and hyper-spectral imagery
  • Knowledge of remote sensing principles, radiative transfer, optics, atmospheric correction
  • Knowledge of signal processing, algorithm development, statistical analysis, database manipulation, and cloud computing.
  • Ability to characterize Remote Sensing data of differing types and resolutions (Optical, Thermal, SAR, Hyperspectral, etc).
  • Understanding of Lunar Calibration desired; experience a plus
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Skill in Matlab, IDL, Python, C, or C++.
  • Experience working in LINUX/UNIX environments.
  • Ability to think independently.
  • Ability to handle complex multitask environments.

Special Requirements:

  • Some travel required (4-6 times per year)
  • The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire to obtain a badge for facility access and user accounts.
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States. US Citizenship is not required, but is a strong plus.


Valid Through: 2019-10-14