Technologist II

Job Details

Job Details

Job ID: 10544

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


We have an exciting opportunity for a research technologist with background in imaging spectroscopy and remote sensing, with facility in remote retrieval problems, algorithm design, and principles of computer science and mathematics.  This technologist will have the opportunity to contribute in the following ways:


  • Create and fulfill opportunities to design and deploy future airborne and space spectrometer systems.
  • Develop a broad knowledge of remote measurement to measure the properties of the Earth’s atmosphere and surface constituents. 
  • As a member of the Earth surface Mineral dust source InvestigaTion (EMIT) team, they will initially be involved in development, architecting, and testing the full range of EMIT Science Data System (SDS) algorithms.
  • They will work with the EMIT Science team and SDS lead toward integration and verification of the EMIT science data system including instrument calibration, atmospheric correction, and mineral detection algorithms.
  • More broadly, their research will involve designing physics- and statistically-motivated models implemented in a high-performance scientific computing environment and on real-time deployed sensor platforms. 
  • They will model instrument properties to support design, calibration, and performance assessment. 
  • The research technologist will seek to understand and quantitatively model the links between Earth science hypotheses, specific measurements, requirements on instrument performance, and requirements on data analysis hardware, software, and algorithmic accuracy. 
  • They will work toward publication and dissemination of novel science and algorithm findings in relevant venues.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors with 3 years of related experience, Masters with 1 year of related experience, or a PhD in a related field.
  • Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale.
  • Ability to understand, elicit, and quantitatively model the links between science hypotheses, specific measurements, requirements on instrument performance, and requirements on data analysis hardware, software, and algorithmic accuracy.
  • Working knowledge of computer science principles and comfort in high performance scientific computing environments.
  • Background in numerical techniques, signal processing theory, and statistical methods for multivariate data analysis.
  • Excellent communications skills, ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Broad knowledge in scientific measurement to quantify the properties of the Earth’s atmosphere and surface constituents.
  • Ability to perform simulations of satellite measurements, characterize errors, quantify impact of measurement uncertainty on scientific analysis.
  • Extensive knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in airborne and space measurements.

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