Imaging Spectroscopy Data & Algorithm Analysis for the SBG Pathfinder Project

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Job ID: 12129

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The 2017 National Academies’ Decadal Survey, “Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space”, identified Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) as one of five high value NASA Designated Observables. The NASA SBG mission (expected to launch no earlier than 2027) will provide unprecedented global observations of Earth’s surface that provide valuable information on a wide range of Earth System processes. SBG observing priorities include terrestrial vegetation physiology, functional traits, and health; Inland and coastal aquatic ecosystems physiology, functional traits, and health; Snow and ice accumulation, melting, and albedo; Active surface changes (eruptions, landslides, evolving landscapes, hazard risks); Effects of changing land use on surface energy, water, momentum, and C fluxes; Managing agriculture, natural habitats, water use/quality, and urban development.

To prepare the science community for SBG, NASA has funded a pathfinder activity, which will enable evaluations that significantly increase the prospects for major scientific discovery in the early post-launch period. Specifically, we are seeking a postdoctoral researcher that can:
1. Examine existing atmospheric correction algorithms for standardized use in a global context for SBG target objectives;
2. Examine L2b and L3 algorithm robustness for standardized use in a global context;
3. Produce pseudo-SBG data sets and identify algorithm and data system challenges for at-scale global production.

Dr. Michelle Gierach will serve as the JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.


The ideal candidate should have a PhD and background in Earth systems science (focus in aquatic and/or terrestrial disciplines favorable) or related field with expertise in remote sensing, computer programming, and potentially algorithm development using hyperspectral sensors. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years. Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests.

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