Remote Sensing Scientist


Posted Under: Sioux Falls, South Dakota jobs in Other; Other jobs in zipcode 57101
Posted On: 2019-09-13 00:00:00


Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT, is seeking to fill a full-time Remote Sensing Scientist position to support the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center (, located near Sioux Falls, SD (

The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC,, 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). Data scientists, system engineers, user service representatives, and outreach staff work together to support LP DAAC activities and distribute data to the remote sensing community. As a Remote Sensing Scientist, one will utilize numerous Geographic Information System (GIS) software and scripting techniques while working directly with data providers evaluating science quality and metadata of the data, finalizing algorithm and user guide documentation, authoring web content as well as participating in presentations and workshops regarding the data. 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 (willing to consider differing combinations of education/experience).


* Participates in research and evaluation activities as part of a multidisciplinary team.

* Performs GIS/remote sensing data collection, management, processing, and analysis using various software packages.

* Creates, assesses, and edits metadata.

* Applies the scientific method in research projects and contribute to the writing, editing, and review of publications.

* Develops maps, charts, graphs, tables, and other figures for use in presentations and publications.

* Attends occasional scientific conferences to present project work and collaborate with other professionals in the discipline.

* Prepares and presents project results and methodology to customers as requested.

* Maintains regular communication with staff, customers, and supervisors.

Required Skillset:

* Fundamental understanding of the characteristics and applications of instruments such as LIDAR, MODIS, VIIRS, ASTER and Landsat.

* Demonstrable knowledge of GIS techniques, remote sensing principles, and related science applications.

* Experience in processing and analyzing imagery with GIS and remote sensing software packages, such as ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI and QGIS.

* Familiarity with raster and vector data processing techniques.

* Familiarity with metadata standards.

* Self-starter with an ability to multi-task.

* Ability to communicate remote sensing science to a variety of audiences through public speaking and writing.

* Strong writing ability for authoring documentation, data stories, reports and presentations.

* Possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).

Preferred Skillset:

* Familiarity with scripting languages.

* Demonstrable proficiency with statistical packages, such as R and Excel.

* Demonstrable proficiency with using GDAL for raster data transformations.

* Ability to write and publish project work in highly visible outlets.

The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire to obtain credentials for facility access and user accounts.

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the SGT website (Http:// This position may be filled by a SGT teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on line.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy of the SGT is to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. SGT hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. SGT believes that employees should be provided with a working environment which enables them to be productive and to work to the best of his or her ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. We expect and require the cooperation of all employees in maintaining a discrimination and harassment-free atmosphere.

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