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Remote Sensing Research Professional

Date: Jul 25, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8679 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) pioneers creative and robust solutions to the nation’s most complex scientific and engineering problems.  Do you want to contribute to an ORNL team that affects change for good on a global scale?  Please reach out to us to apply to and learn more about the following job description!

The Geospatial Science & Human Security Division (GSHSD) at ORNL seeks to hire qualified candidates to support spectral and spatial research initiatives with a special emphasis upon remote sensing and image analysis. Under the guidance of research staff, the selected applicant(s) will take roles on multidisciplinary teams supporting cutting-edge research and engineering as well as data production and advisement on quality assurance.

The National Security Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory leads scientific and technological breakthroughs to confront some of the nation’s most difficult security challenges. We develop interdisciplinary applications needed for the security of our nation today and target our vision on how these challenges may manifest themselves in a decade or more. Our research and development focus on geospatial science and technology and high-performance computing as well as cybersecurity and cyber physical resiliency, data analytics, and nuclear nonproliferation for sensitive national security missions. We also enhance ORNL contributions to national security challenges by working closely with leading researchers at the lab in areas such as environmental, computing, biosecurity, nuclear and chemical sciences and engineering, applied materials, advanced manufacturing and transportation.


Our Commitment to Diversity:  

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the research, development, and production of workflow elements for airborne and satellite image classification, feature extraction, and 3D analysis.
  • Collaborative teamwork with multi-disciplinary research & development and technical staff
  • Opportunities to contribute to innovative imagery and GIS data assurance and quality assessments
  • Provide decision support for geospatial data curation, validation and visualization


Basic Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in geography, geospatial science, remote sensing, or a closely related discipline.
  • Proficiency with open source or commercial GIS software
  • Experience with remote sensing image interpretation
  • Experience with data management and planning
  • Excellent communication, organization, and decision-making skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years relevant work experience
  • Experience with stereo imagery, LIDAR, and other 3D sensing capabilities
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience with open-source geospatial data
  • Proficient in a linux environment
  • Experience with programming and scripting languages (ex. Python)
  • Familiarity with the basics of machine learning & high-performance computing (HPC)
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


About ORNL:

ORNL has an innovative and fast paced culture that rewards open-source software development, has a flexible work schedule, and very competitive pay with industry. On any given day, after participating in talks from internationally renowned scientists, you can hike or bike on the miles of pristine wooded trails on the laboratory 10,000+ acre campus, go to spin class, or visit the full-service primary care clinic, all without leaving our campus.

It’s easy to overlook everything East Tennessee has to offer if you haven’t had the opportunity to spend time here. From spending your weekends downtown at farmers markets, music festivals, multiple local sports team events, a 1000+ acre urban wilderness to some of the best hiking, kayaking, and camping in the U.S., not only in Great Smoky Mountains National Park but all over the greater area, East Tennessee has something to offer everyone.


Special Requirement:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance. This position is a Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) testing designated position, which requires passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly selected for testing.  The occupant of this position will also be subject to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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