The Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Earth Sciences Division, Biospheric Sciences Laboratory (Code 618), is looking for a highly skilled individual to conduct research to interpret remotely sensed indicators of plant physiological state, and understand how environmental conditions affect ecosystem function.
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As Research Physical Scientist, specializing in Earth Sciences Remote Sensing, you will collect and analyze field, airborne, and satellite remote sensing data to assess the role of environmental conditions on vegetation condition and function. You will integrate remote sensing observations, laboratory studies, and theoretical models to understand vegetation physiology and identify new opportunities for the use of remote sensing for ecosystem studies. You will use tools (including models of plant metabolism and radiative transfer) to better understand spectral properties of vegetation, and how these spectral properties relate to vegetation physiology, function, and composition.
You will integrate various study and analysis results into comprehensive technical briefings, reports, and technical papers. Is recognized within and beyond NASA as an expert in the field of ecosystem science, and provides technical advice and counsel to management and others, both within and outside the organization, in areas such as measurement and instrumentation, ecosystem science, and earth science. You will publish study results in the peer reviewed literature. You will plan and coordinate scientific projects in unexplored areas where new techniques and approaches are needed. Develop, review, and provide recommendations for proposed project requirements, expected results, and budgetary estimates. Analyze and consolidate project approaches and resource requirements for interdisciplinary projects or programs in areas such as measurement and instrumentation. Provide expert guidance to management for strategic planning and program development in areas such as ecosystem science and earth science. Maintain knowledge of current developments in optical remote sensing, hyperspectral instrumentation and data analysis, and vegetation physiology. Ensure application of the latest state-of-the-art technology to NASA missions and programs by relying on previous experience and keeping abreast of current developments in related technology fields in areas such as life science and earth science.