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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Research Scientist

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Full Time

Job Title

Research Scientist

Agency

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Department

Blucher

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

Corpus Christi, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

TAMU-CC is a dynamic university designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) with approximately 11,000 students from 47 states and 54 foreign nations. We employ over 1,400 full-time and 2,000 part-time Islanders (including students/GAs). The University attracts highly talented faculty and staff and offers an array of undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral programs.  As a member of the Texas A&M University System, TAMU-CC benefits from a range of resources, increased visibility and influence, and opportunities to collaborate in mutually beneficial ways with peers across member institutions and associated agencies.

 

TAMU-CC’s beautiful campus is located on a 240-acre island on Corpus Christi Bay and was ranked #1 College by the Sea by Best College Reviews. Our natural setting is enhanced by its modern, attractive, and state-of-the-art classroom buildings and support facilities.

 

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PURPOSE

The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is seeking a highly qualified Research Scientist specializing in Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and implementing research projects using InSAR technology to address a range of geoscientific challenges. This position offers the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of scientists and researchers in a collaborative environment.  This position is contingent on extramural funding.

WHO WE ARE

The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science (CBI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi is an comprehensive research environment utilizing geospatial science to support data driven decision making.  The institute’s research laboratories develop innovative solutions informed by precise measurements honoring the legacy of the Blucher family and their commitment to surveying and science.  CBI pushes the boundaries of geospatial science by applying cutting edge technologies to map, measure, collect and manage big data used to predict our physical environment.

DESCRIPTION

InSAR Data Analysis: 50%

Job Duties

  • Acquire InSAR data from satellite missions and coordinate ground-based radar measurements
  • Process data using specialized software.
  • Analyze InSAR data to generate high-quality, interpretable results and contribute to the development of new InSAR data processing techniques.
  • Use geological knowledge and additional data sources (e.g., GPS, ) to interpret the observed deformation patterns in terms of underlying geophysical processes.
  • Employ statistical and computational models to analyze data trends, predict future movements, and assess risks associated with natural hazards.

Design and Conduct InSAR-based Research Projects: 45%

Job Duties

  • Design and conduct InSAR-based research projects and methodologies
  • Plan data acquisition strategies
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposals, reports, and scientific publications.
  • Stay current with the latest developments in InSAR technology and geoscientific research.
  • Contribute to the development of new methodologies and technologies to enhance the capabilities and applications of InSAR.
  • Manage project timelines, budgets, and resources to ensure the successful completion of research objectives.
  • Supervise and mentor junior researchers, students, or technical staff involved in the project.

Research Field Operations: 5%

Job Duties

  • Plan and coordinate field campaigns to collect ground-based measurements that complement and validate InSAR satellite data
  • Assist with the deploying of ground-based reflector systems, GPS receivers, and other geodetic instruments to measure earth surface movements and environmental conditions
  • Position requires occasional travel, to off-site locations, for the performance of job duties, which may include work outside of normal business hours.  Field activities often occur in extreme weather conditions (hot or cold) and may require duties to be performed from a vessel.
  • Other duties as assigned.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Ph.D. in geomatics, geography, remote sensing, or a related field.
  • Six (6) years of related work experience, to include three (3) years working with In SAR classification and processing, and five (5) years of experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) and related software tools.
  • Expertise in InSAR classification and processing.
  • Strong knowledge of InSAR processing techniques (classical, SBAS, PS) .
  • Experience in InSAR processing using MintPy, Jupyter Notebooks, and Open Science Lab.
  • Strong Knowledge of ESA SNAP InSAR/SAR software.
  • Experience with InSAR time series analysis and/or multi-temporal InSAR techniques.
  • A track record of peer-reviewed publications in the field of InSAR and geophysics.
  • Create, manipulate, and maintain spatial data from various sources using ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, and other relevant geospatial software tools.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and deliver results in a timely manner.
  • Assess and prioritize multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced office environment, meeting deadlines and project requirements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent project management and organization skills.
  • Experienced in workflow design and technical documentation.

WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE

  • Experience with ArcGIS Enterprise (Server and Portal) and Online Platforms.
  • Relevant experience in programming languages such as Python, MATLAB, or R.
  • Effectively communicate complex GIS concepts and analytical results both orally and in writing to stakeholders and team members.
  • Familiarity with geodetic data processing and geospatial analysis tools.

SALARY: $6,250.00 - $8,333.34 MONTHLY ($75,000.00 - $100,000.00 ANNUAL, APPROXIMATELY)

BENEFITS (rules, policies, eligibility apply)

From our generous benefits package and professional development opportunities, to our retirement programs and our commitment to service excellence, the Island University is an engaging and rewarding place to work.

Insurance

  • Medical

    • $0 - $30 per month for Employee Only coverage after university contribution ($920 value).

    • Up to 83% of premium covered by the university:

      • Employee and Spouse

      • Employee and Children

      • Employee and Family coverage

  • Dental & Vision

  • Life Insurance, Accidental D&D, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Account and Day Care Spending Account

On-campus wellness opportunities

Work Life Solutions:

  • Counseling, Work Life Assistance, Financial Resources, and Legal Resources

Tuition Benefits:

  • Public Loan Forgiveness

  • Book scholarships

  • 100% tuition coverage for up to 18 credit hours per fiscal year (other rules may apply).

Retirement

  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) or Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)

  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Account/Deferred Compensation Plan

Time Off:

  • 8+ hours of vacation paid time off every month.

  • 8 hours of sick leave time off every month.

  • 8 hours of paid time off for Birthday leave.

  • 12-15 paid holidays each year.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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Publication date: 2024-04-04
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