Remote Sensing Data Scientist

$90,000 - $115,000 yearly
  • University of Texas
  • J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Burnet Rd, Austin, TX, USA
  • 23 Jan, 2019
Full time Earth Observation Expert Remote Sensing Expert Data Scientist/Analyst

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Remote Sensing Data Scientist


Hiring Department:

Applied Research Laboratories


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Description:

Exploitation and analysis of remotely sensed (airborne and space-based), geospatial data for a variety of applications. Contribute to the Geospatial Laser Applications and Measurements group research tasks and objectives associated with existing projects. Explore and develop new research technologies.


Job Details:



  • Develop software and algorithm solutions for remote sensing applications.
  • Provide guidance and technical leadership in the area of remote sensing.
  • Provide support in business development through proposals and sponsor engagement.
  • Publish and present research results.
  • Other related functions as assigned.


Required Qualifications

Ph.D in engineering, geoscience or other applied sciences. Demonstrated experience and proficiency in working with remotely sensed data, and data products.  Applicant should have proficiency in programming for development and conceptual derivation. Applicant must be willing to work with new technologies, be highly organized, and capable of planning and coordinating multiple tasks and managing their time. The applicant should have experience with software packages for research projects. The position will require attention to detail, effective problem solving skills, and innovation. Ability to work independently with sensitive and confidential information, maintain a professional demeanor, work as a team member without day-to-day supervision and effectively communicate with diverse groups of clients. Candidate should be capable of providing project leadership and management supervision. Regular and punctual attendance is required.  US Citizen: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position.


Preferred Qualifications

Significant experience related to remote sensing applications (geodesy, geospatial statistics, climatology, geology, ecology, and hydrology). Demonstrated experience and familiarity in working with 3-D geospatial data, data registration and big data analysis.  Knowledge of 2D (imagery) and 3D geospatial data exploitation methods is also desired. Applicant should have prior experience in geospatial application solutions using novel algorithm techniques and working knowledge of processing, exploitation and dissemination workflows for airborne and space-based remote sensing. Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills, technical leadership and successful business development. History of publication in relevant peer reviewed journals and/or industry conferences.  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 with a 3.5 in major coursework or higher.


General Notes

An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the United States, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.


Salary Range

$90,000-$115,000+/negotiable depending on qualifications.


Working Conditions

  • Standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard.
  • Use of manual dexterity.
  • Some weekend evening, and holiday work.
  • Possible intrastate/interstate travel.


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest


Important: You will be prompted to submit your resume in the first step of the online job application process. Then, any additional Required Materials will be uploaded in the My Experience section; you can multi-select the additional files or click the Upload button for each file. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.


Email all required materials to if unable to upload them in the "My Experience" section of your workday application. Please reference the posting number in the subject line of the e-mail and on any attachments or subsequent correspondence. This position can close after 7 days from date opened.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:




Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031.


The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2018 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.