KBR Geospatial Data Scientist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Geospatial Data Scientist
KBR, Inc . is seeking to fill a full-time Geospatial Data Scientist position to support the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center (http://eros.usgs.gov/), located near Sioux Falls, SD (http://www.siouxfalls.org).
The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC, https://lpdaac.usgs.gov), a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funded project, located at the USGS EROS Center. The LP DAAC operates as a partnership between the USGS and NASA and is a component of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). Geospatial Data scientists, system engineers, user service representatives, and outreach staff work together to support LP DAAC activities and distribute data to the science user community. The Geospatial Data Scientist will utilize Geographic Information System (GIS) software and scripting techniques against a broad spectrum of remote sensing data to evaluate and provide quality assurance of LP DAAC science data.
The selected candidate will identify and develop practical solutions to science application problems. Additionally, the Geospatial Data Scientist will investigate innovative and emerging technologies and author technical reports and scientific media. If you have a related skillset/background and are interested in an exciting and challenging career in this field, we invite you to apply for this position.
Bachelor’s degree in remote sensing, geography, environmental science or equivalent.
Master’s degree is preferred.
- 3 years of directly related professional experience.
Participates in research and data evaluation activities as part of a multidisciplinary team which includes task leads, system development teams, communications and outreach, and user services
Uses GIS software and scripting techniques to analyze the specifications of new products and metadata, determine whether their results are expected and accurate
Works closely with data providers and science teams, documenting the characteristics of new products and provides relevant to science teams and users, user guides, web content and publications
Applies scientific methods in research projects and contributes to the writing, editing, and review of publications.
Evaluate and communicate strategies for routine quality assessment of LP DAAC datasets and products
Gains and expands product knowledge in conjunction with science teams so that user questions can be adequately addressed and answered
Authors web content and presentation materials for conferences and workshops as opportunities are available
Prepares and presents project results and methodology to customers as requested.
Maintains regular communication with staff, customers, and managers
Fundamental understanding of the characteristics and applications of instruments such as LIDAR, MODIS, VIIRS, ASTER and Hyperspectral
Demonstrable knowledge of GIS techniques, remote sensing principles, and related science applications
Demonstratable knowledge of processing and analyzing imagery with GIS and remote sensing software packages, such as ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, ERDAS, ENVI and QGIS
Demonstratable knowledge with scripting languages, such as Python and/or R.
Familiarity with raster and vector data processing techniques
Familiarity with metadata standards
Ability to communicate regularly, professionally, and clearly at general, technical and management levels to inform team members, science teams and the science user community
Strong attention to organization, detail and record keeping
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective questioning, listening, and presentation skills
Self-starter with an ability to multi-task
Demonstrable proficiency with using GDAL for science data transformations and metadata validation
Ability to write and publish project work in highly visible outlets
Candidates must have strong technical abilities, excellent communication skills, and a teamwork emphasis. Candidates must also be able to integrate into a highly-skilled Information Technology Team.
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.
This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the KBR website ( https://www.kbr.com/careers ).
This position may be filled by a KBR teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on-line.
KBR is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.
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