Water from Orbit: Verified AI tools for detecting water resource changes from orbit

Moffett Field, CA, United States
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NASA-USGS Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Research Opportunity # NU-S001 Water from Orbit: Verified AI tools for detecting water resource changes from orbit

This opportunity seeks a postdoctoral fellow to work with an interdisciplinary team from USGS, NASA, NGA, and industry in Silicon Valley to advance our ability to detect and verify water extent from orbital assets, including low-latency multispectral and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite imagers. This work will also seek to incorporate novel ways to incorporate terrain and hydrologic data analysis with imagery analysis for improved surface-water characterization.

The fellow will research machine learning algorithms for satellite imagery, with an initial application of flood mapping. The fellow’s work will be incorporated into an open source deep learning toolkit for satellite imagery which can be used by Earth scientists to achieve state-of-the-art classification results with little knowledge of machine learning.

Proposed Duty Station: Moffett Field, California

Areas of Ph.D.: Applicants are preferred who have experience in remote sensing and the application of machine learning, computer vision or other AI tools to remote-sensing data. Experience working with digital elevation model (DEM) data and a working knowledge of fluvial geomorphology or hydraulic modeling concepts is favorable. (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).

Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Geographer; Research Engineer; Research Hydrologist.  (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources Specialist.)

** Click this link for specific Basic Qualification Requirements for Research Geographer, Research Engineer, or Research Hydrologist.

Physical/Environmental Demands:  Work is usually performed in an office or laboratory setting. The work area:

  • Normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms; or
  • May involve occasional exposure to a laboratory that involves risks and hazards that require safety precautions.