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We invite candidates to join the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Algorithms and Processing Group (334K) within the Radar Science and Engineering Section to serve as a Synthetic Aperture Radar Algorithm Developer for current and future flight mission projects, including the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR), Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV), and Surface Deformation and Change (SDC), as well as science projects such as the Observational Products for End-Users from Remote Sensing Analysis (OPERA). You will report administratively to the Group Supervisor of the SAR Algorithms and Processing Group and programmatically to the assigned project lead.
The SAR Algorithms and Processing Group develops novel algorithms and software processing systems primarily focused on synthetic aperture radars (SAR), but also supporting algorithms and processing needs associated with other remote sensing systems, such as lidar and optical sensors. The core activities of the group include the development, implementation, and maintenance of new algorithms and software tools for SAR starting from image acquisition and processing of lower-level SAR data to higher-level science products for Earth and planetary science. Algorithms and processing approaches use a variety of state-of-the-art techniques including SAR polarimetry, SAR interferometry, differential SAR interferometry, and SAR tomography.
The group formulates physics-and statistics-based models for new SAR sensors and SAR imaging strategies in order to meet the increasing needs of the science and application community. An important feature of the algorithms and software solutions provided by the group is the ability to process large amount of data from airborne and spaceborne SAR missions with requirements on processing costs and latency. The group distributes open-source software packages that implement algorithms suited for parallel and GPU SAR processing, and applies these solutions to a broad range of applications of SAR remote sensing spanning from retrieval of biophysical quantities to high-fidelity image simulations.Some Challenges You Will Tackle
- Design, implement, test, and validate algorithms and software to generate and deliver data products to scientific users and the public
- Deal with specific algorithmic aspects related to polarimetric, interferometric and tomographic radar data analysis and big data-friendly workflows
- Adapt and process simulated and actual SAR data for algorithm testing and validation
- Use and contribute to the open-source InSAR Scientific Computing Environment Enhanced Edition (ISCE3)
- Work collaboratively with other engineers and scientists to develop, test, and deliver complex algorithms and software systems
- Understand and apply principles, theories, concepts, and techniques in software development
- Communicate results to project team members and the scientific community
- Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Geosciences or closely related technical discipline; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 6 year of related experience; or PhD with minimum of 3 years of experience in similar disciplines
- Deep understanding of advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar concepts and algorithms such as SAR tomography, or strong programming skills across multiple languages (C/C++/Python/CUDA) with demonstrated experience working on large coding projects
- Strong Python programming skills, including applications designed for big data
- Demonstrated experience with multiprocessing
- Familiarity with calibration techniques and ionospheric corrections in SAR, PolSAR, InSAR, and TomoSAR data
- Strong oral and writing communication skills
- Ability to work well in a team environment
- Additional remote sensing data processing and GIS software knowledge
JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.
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The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.
The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.
$124,696 - $153,712
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