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KBR Data Scientist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Data Scientist

KBR, Inc. is seeking to fill a full-time Data Scientist position to support the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center ( ), located near Sioux Falls, SD ( ).

The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC, ), a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funded project, located at the USGS EROS Center. The LP DAAC operates as a partnership between the USGS and NASA and is a component of NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System ( EOSDIS at ). Data scientists, system engineers, user service representatives, and outreach staff work together to support LP DAAC activities and distribute data to the science user community. As a Data Scientist, one will utilize numerous Geographic Information System (GIS) software and scripting techniques while working directly with data providers evaluating science data, quality assurance and metadata of the data, finalizing algorithm and user guide documentation, authoring web content as well as participating in presentations and workshops regarding the data. If you have a related skillset/background and are interested in an exciting and challenging career in this field, we invite you to apply for this position.

Education :

  • Bachelor’s degree in remote sensing, geography, environmental science or equivalent.

  • Master’s degree is preferred.

Experience :

  • 3 years of directly related professional experience.

Responsibilities :

  • Participates in data evaluation activities as part of a multidisciplinary team which includes task leads, system development teams, communications and outreach, and user services

  • Use GIS software and scripting techniques to analyze the specifications of new products and metadata, determine whether their results are expected and accurate

  • Work closely with data providers and science teams, documenting the characteristics of new products and provide relevant information in associated Algorithm Theoretical Basis Documents (ATBDs), user guides, web content and publications

  • Evaluate and communicate strategies for routine quality assessment of LP DAAC datasets and products

  • Gain and expand product knowledge in conjunction with science teams so that user questions can be adequately addressed and answered

  • Author web content and presentation materials for conferences and workshops as opportunities are available

  • Prepares and presents project results and methodology to customers as requested.

  • Maintains regular communication with staff, customers and managers

Requirements :

  • Fundamental understanding of the characteristics and applications of instruments such as LIDAR, MODIS, VIIRS, ASTER and Hyperspectral

  • Demonstrable knowledge of GIS techniques, remote sensing principles, and related science applications

  • Experience in processing and analyzing imagery with GIS and remote sensing software packages, such as ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, ERDAS, ENVI and QGIS

  • Interest in data quality assurance

  • Familiarity with metadata standards

  • Ability to communicate regularly, professionally, and clearly at general, technical and management levels to inform team members, science teams and the science user community

  • Strong attention to organization, detail and record keeping

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective questioning, listening, and presentation skills

  • Self-starter with an ability to multi-task

  • Must have prior 3 year U.S. residency

Desired Skills :

  • Familiarity with scripting languages such as Python and R

  • Demonstrable proficiency with using GDAL for science data transformations and metadata validation

  • US Citizenship

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.

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the KBR website ( ).

This position may be filled by a KBR teammate on the TSSC Contract.

Position will be eligible for the KBR Referral Bonus Program.

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KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and solutions across the asset and program life cycle within the government services and technology sectors. KBR employs approximately 28,000 people worldwide with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. ​

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