Kellogg Brown & Root (www.kbrjobs.com)
EROS Calibration and Validation Center of Excellence (ECCOE) Chief Systems Engineer
KBR is looking for an Engineer/Scientist for a position in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. KBR, headquartered in Houston Texas, is the primary Technical Services and Support Contractor (TSSC) to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for performing work at the Earth Resources Observation and Science ( EROS ) Center ( Sioux Falls, SD ). The multidisciplinary staff, in partnership with NASA, uses their unique expertise in remote sensing-based science and technologies to carry out research, data acquisition, information access and management and archive preservation to provide satellite ground imagery data to users and science organizations around the world. This effort represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data with over four decades of imagery.
KBR is helping our customer to build and staff a sensor Calibration and Validation Center of Excellence (ECCOE) 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) will work 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 will work to assess the characteristics and utility of data from multiple satellites and airborne platforms and work 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!
The ECCOE Chief System Engineer is a specialized position within the TSSC who will provide technical leadership, direction, and mentoring of small teams of calibration and validation and data assurance analysts who provide sensor characterization, calibration, and validation expertise for the Landsat satellite systems as well as other remote sensing systems. The Landsat series of satellites includes the decommissioned Landsat 1-5, currently active Landsat 7 and 8, the in-development Landsat 9, and future missions.
The ECCOE Chief System Engineer is a senior technical leadership position that will work directly with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Chief Project Engineers, NASA and other agency partners to provide strategic technical direction and oversight to the analysis, design, development, and/or characterization of the current and next generation of earth observing satellite systems and their supporting ground systems and accuracy of their data products. Specific responsibilities will include leading and performing trade studies; requirement development, architecture development, supporting customer technical discussions and presenting concepts/results. Additional responsibilities will include technical interchange meetings, cross-agency coordination and communication, management presentations, requirements management, risk management and Cal/Val technical leadership across the overall USGS Landsat Ground System and science data processing approaches.
The ECCOE Chief System Engineer also provides expert level technical leadership and interface to the USGS/NASA Engineering teams in support of mission acquisition planning for the next generation of Landsat class mission sensors/data acquisition system(s) in support of the NASA/USGS Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) Program including conceptual and development approaches for the planned LandsatNext system which is expected to significantly enhance the current Landsat instrument approaches and cross-calibration techniques as new commercial and/or international capabilities mature and evolve.
Areas of sensor characterization, geometric and radiometric calibration and validation, which the successful candidate may be involved, include detector response characterization, artifact correction, noise removal, radiative transfer modeling, cross-calibration with other sensors (spaceborne, airborne, and terrestrial), geometric/geodetic corrections and accuracy, radiance and reflectance product validation of higher level science products, etc.
Required Skills :
Education : Bachelor of Science degree (Master’s degree desired) in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Remote
Sensing, or other Satellite Systems field of study.
Experience : Minimum of 10 years related experience or equivalent education experience in geometric and/or radiometric
validation of remote sensing systems
This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the KBR website ( www. (http://www.kbr.com/careers) kbr.com ). This position may be filled by a KBR teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on line.
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