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Michigan Technological University Research Scientist I Remote Sensing in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Department: Michigan Tech Research Institute

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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Job Description Summary


The Research Scientist I - Remote Sensing position provides leadership and support for MTRI programs focused on the development and application of remote sensing and geospatial analysis to solve governmental and societal needs through sponsored research. Knowledge of remote sensing theory, including active and passive systems, multi-spectral, hyperspectral, microwave (SAR), and infrared sensing (IR); and an understanding of remote sensing application for environmental and/or Earth science research is required. The applicant will be expected to develop, select, apply for, and lead remote sensing research projects that apply their knowledge of sensing and image processing to research questions. The ability to improve the processing and analysis of remote sensing data through custom coding and analysis for land cover mapping, for example, will be important. Examples of current research areas include wildland and prescribed fire mapping and effects assessment, Great Lakes aquatic sensing, invasive species mapping, wetlands assessment, transportation infrastructure assessment, wildland fire danger and emissions mapping, cloud-based and distributed computing, user-friendly app development, improved geotemporal visualization of complex data and patterns, and extending airborne and/or UAV-enabling sensing. The position is based at MTRI in Ann Arbor, MI (



Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)


1. Develop, plan, and participate in research projects applying remote sensing, geospatial analysis, earth science knowledge, and analysis skills to solve project tasks for ongoing and new MTRI research projects, with the expectation of planning and coordinating research and development tasks in collaboration with other principal investigators. 

2. Lead teams and participate as an integral team member on multi-disciplinary research relating to applying technological skills to solving governmental and societal needs for a diverse set of current research areas, including improved remote sensing data analysis and visualization of complex data for environmental and interdisciplinary projects.

3. Be able to deal with issues encountered in data processing and analysis to ensure scientifically valid data collection.

4. Evaluate, select, and apply the results of data collected and research projects undertaken. Describe and share any concerns about the results or methodology and recommend or implement countermeasures.

5. Contribute technical expertise in sensing at a primary and co-author level to specific aspects of conference presentations, journal articles, and technical reports, and be able to take the lead on preparing technical reports. The employee will be expected to exercise independent judgment using their expertise to help define how tasks will be completed, in coordination with project leaders, while being responsible for their own work.

6. Lead and contribute to competitive proposals including development of specific tasks that use and exploit remote sensing data and products.

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