Remote Sensing Data Scientist Associate

$69,500 - $80,000 yearly
  • University of Texas
  • J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Burnet Rd, Austin, TX, USA
  • 11 Jan, 2019
Full time Earth Observation Expert Remote Sensing Expert Data Scientist/Analyst

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Remote Sensing Data Scientist Associate


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 geospatial data for a variety of applications but with a primary focus on space-based laser altimetry research and development. More specifically, contribute to the satellite data analysis and product evaluation for innovative science discoveries using new computational approaches


Job Details:


  • Participate in satellite geospatial data product algorithm development and integration.
  • Analyze space-based laser altimetry data for quality assessment and scientific discovery.
  • Develop data fusion techniques for multiple space-based data resources to produce global geospatial products.
  • Document results.


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer or information science, geoscience or other applied sciences. Demonstrated experience and proficiency in working with remotely sensed data, and data products.  Applicant should have proficiency in Matlab, Python, ENVI and Unix shell scripting or other relevant computational language. 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 daily supervision and effectively communicate with diverse groups of clients. 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

Advanced coursework, graduate degree or significant experience related to lidar remote sensing applications and space-based altimetry. Demonstrated experience and familiarity in working large data volumes, data registration and geospatial data products.  Applicant should have prior experience in geospatial application solutions using novel algorithm techniques and working knowledge of processing, exploitation and dissemination workflows. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills. History of publication in relevant journals and/or industry conferences.  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 with a 3.5 in major coursework or higher.


Salary Range

$69,500-$80,000+/negotiable depending on qualifications.


Working Conditions

  • Standard office conditions.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Some weekend, evening, and holiday work. 
  • Possible intrastate and 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
  • Unofficial college transcript.


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.


Please email a copy of requested documents to Lyssa Heine at if you are unable to upload them.  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.


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.



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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.


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