SAR Algorithm Developer

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Job ID: 12150

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We invite you to join the Radar Section to serve as a Radar Interferometry Algorithm Developer. You will report administratively to the Group Supervisor of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Algorithms and Processing Group and programmatically to the lead of the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) Algorithm Development Team (ADT).

NISAR is a groundbreaking radar interferometry (InSAR) mission for studying hazards and global environmental change. It will use advanced radar imaging to observe complex Earth processes, including ecosystem disturbances, ice sheet motion, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides. NISAR data will reveal information about the evolution and state of the Earth crust, help scientists understand Earth processes and changing climate, and aid future resource and hazard management. The mission is a partnership between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization.

The NISAR ADT is responsible for developing advanced SAR and InSAR algorithms and writing software to produce an unprecedented volume of polarimetric and interferometric SAR data products.


Some Challenges You Will Tackle

  • Design, implement, test, and validate algorithms and ground processing software that will produce NISAR data products distributed to science users and the public.
  • Algorithms may include SAR image formation and RFI mitigation; polarimetric SAR and InSAR signal processing; phase unwrapping; SAR/InSAR calibration, validation, and quality assurance tools; and atmospheric and ionospheric corrections.
  • Adapt and process simulated and actual SAR data for algorithm testing and validation.
  • Use and contribute to the open source InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE).
  • Work collaboratively with other engineers to develop, test, and deliver complex algorithms and software systems.
  • Understand and apply principles, theories, concepts, and techniques in radar processing and software development.
  • Communicate results to other project elements and the scientific community.


You Must Have

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Geophysics, Computer Science, or closely related technical discipline with a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 year of related experience; or PhD with 0 years of experience in similar disciplines
  • SAR data processing experience
  • Strong C++ or Python programming skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • InSAR algorithm development and processing experience
  • Other SAR development, processing, calibration, or quality assessment experience
  • Strong communication skills, especially writing
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Additional remote sensing data processing and GIS software knowledge




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