Validation Interoperability Coordinator - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

Sioux Falls
South Dakota
United States


Validation Interoperability Coordinator

KBR is helping our customer to build and staff a Center of Excellence for remotely sensed data quality. This work will be located at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Building on over 47 years of operating the Landsat series of satellites, the EROS Calibration and Validation Center of Excellence (ECCOE) works with all types of land remote sensing sensors and platforms, bringing the expertise of our team to the challenges of maintaining the superb calibration of the satellites and sensors operated by our customer as well as other sensors nationally and internationally. The team works to assess the characteristics and utility of data from multiple satellites and airborne platforms and to develop methods and tools that enhance the interoperability of data from a wide variety of sources. The remote sensing world is growing rapidly around the world. Come be part of this exceptional team working with all areas of the remote sensing community!

Job Description:

We are looking for an individual who can coordinate the Landsat surface reflectance and surface temperature validation efforts and who can also help with interoperability efforts between the Landsat and Sentinel satellite constellations. They need experience with Landsat and Sentinel data and sensors to work within the team to assess the radiometric, spectral and spatial performance of multispectral imaging systems and be able to directly compare between products. Atmospheric characterization is also an important skill to have for this operation and is highly desirable for the position. Areas of work may include the coordination and analysis in the following areas: atmospheric characterization, detector response characterization, artifact correction, noise removal, radiative transfer modeling, cross-calibration between sensors (spaceborne, airborne, and terrestrial), radiance and reflectance product validation, etc. This position will support the EROS Calibration and Validation Center of Excellence (ECCOE).

Education: Minimum of a Master of Science Degree in Engineering, Physics, Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, or fields related to remote sensing systems required.

Experience: Two or more years working with Landsat, Sentinel, or similar satellite constellation remotely sensed data, and have a strong background in meteorology and atmospheric science.


  • Characterize and compare the strengths and weaknesses of data from various space-borne and airborne sensors
  • Develop and refine methods for the characterizing and improving the quality of data in the EROS archives
  • Develop and execute methods for the assessing and monitoring the ongoing performance of EROS-developed products, including surface reflectance, surface temperature, and higher-level products
  • Develop new methods of data analyses across multiple datasets including tools to support analyses locally and, in the cloud
  • Communicate with outside agencies, universities, and companies, nationally and internationally
  • Reporting as required, including at regular meetings with ECCOE Project Management as well as producing peer-reviewed publications

Desired Skills:

  • Strong experience working with multi- and hyper-spectral imagery
  • Knowledge of remote sensing principles, radiative transfer, optics, atmospheric correction
  • Deep understanding of atmospheric data, sources of data, and characterization methodologies
  • Knowledge of signal processing, algorithm development, statistical analysis, database manipulation, and cloud computing
  • Ability to characterize Remote Sensing data of differing types and resolutions (Optical, Thermal, SAR, Multispectral, etc)
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Skill in Matlab, IDL, Python, C, or C++ Experience working in LINUX/UNIX environments
  • Ability to think independently
  • Ability to handle complex multitask environments

Special Requirements:

  • Some travel required (4-6 times per year)
  • The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire to obtain a badge for facility access and user accounts
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States.US Citizenship is not required but is a strong plus

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.

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