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KBR Senior Scientist / Engineer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Senior Scientist / Engineer

KBR is seeking a senior-level Scientist/Engineer for a position in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. KBR, headquartered in Houston Texas, is the primary Technical Services and Support Contractor (TSSC) to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for performing work at the Earth Resources Observation and Science ( EROS ) Center ( Sioux Falls, SD ). The multidisciplinary staff, in partnership with NASA, uses their unique expertise in remote sensing-based science and technologies to carry out research, data acquisition, information access and management and archive preservation to provide satellite ground imagery data to users and science organizations around the world. This effort represents the world's longest continuously-acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data with over four decades of imagery. This position will support the EROS Calibration and Validation Center of Excellence (ECCOE).

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 remotely sensed data.

Responsibilities :

  • 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 multispectral 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 Uncertainty desired

  • 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 (2-4 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.

The candidate must have prior 3 year U.S. residency

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the KBR website ( ).

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.

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KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and solutions across the asset and program life cycle within the government services and technology sectors. KBR employs approximately 28,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. ‚Äč

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