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Remote Sensing Scientist PhD
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted November 16, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

Remote Sensing Scientist PhD-21201 


Position Description


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Remote Sensing Scientist. 

Job Summary: 

Develop theoretical concepts of remote sensing systems to develop into operational capabilities for our sponsors. Remote sensing modalities include but are not limited to Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI), Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR), and Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) systems. Coordinate efforts with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to develop all facets of novel optical systems including hardware, software, image processing/machine learning, and field testing.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Innovate and promote new advanced remote sensing methodologies. (50%) 
2. Support existing tasks and improve existing methodologies to provide enhanced remote sensing performance. (25%)
3. Present research and findings to sponsors, academia, and industry via briefings, conference proceedings, and journal articles. (15%)  
4. Support field integration and testing activities, data analysis, and lab experimentation, as required. (10%)


Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time. 



Required Qualifications: 
PhD in imaging science, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics or equivalent and 7 years of related experience. Experience developing optical remote sensing systems and taking them from research/prototypes to operations. Strong optical system design skills, good interpersonal skills, good speaking and technical writing skills. Demonstrates ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. 

Desired Qualifications: 
PhD and 10 years relevant experience in industry, consulting or  academia. Proficient in system development along the entire image processing chain from hardware to machine learning. Proficient in radiative transfer theory, physics models and statistical signal processing techniques.  Experience in leading developmental teams (5+ people) and writing proposals/white papers. 

Special Working Conditions: Must be eligible and willing to undergo DoD clearance requiring background investigation and/or polygraph examination. Preference for current SSBI. 

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship. 

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu. 

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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