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The Science & Exploration Directorate, Earth Sciences Division, Terrestrial Information Systems Lab (Code 619) is seeking a scientist to provide expertise in the quality assessment of global land science products. In this role you will serve as the Quality Assessment lead for products produced by data systems supporting the Terra, Aqua, and Suomi NPP missions.


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As an Aerospace Technologist (AST) specializing in Applications Data Management, you will provide technical leadership to a team of remote sensing analysts and software developers engaged in assessing the quality of global products produced from data collected by moderate-resolution earth imaging satellite instruments, e.g. AVHRR, MODIS and VIIRS. This activity includes developing strategies, formulating requirements and defining priorities for quality assessment and long-term trending of the products. You will lead the development and refinement of procedures and tools for displaying, transforming and evaluating the accuracy of global land products. This includes determining the accuracy, precision and stability of geophysical products over the life of each mission; and developing improvements to product specific metadata. You will collaborate with other remote sensing scientists to address issues with geolocation, calibration, atmospheric correction and cloud screening in order to develop and implement corrections needed to achieve a stable, accurate and consistently processed data record from a variety of data sources. You will explore and define state-of-the-art solutions to address the needs of many diverse groups of scientists and applications users in the quality assessment of global data products, and publish, or contribute to publications, as appropriate.
Responsibilities also include designing, developing and managing the operation of data systems used to evaluate and/or produce large data sets from ground and satellite-based instruments. Activities include: developing and/or reviewing designs for meeting current and future requirements, evaluating enhancements to existing systems and software prior to these changes being promoted to operations, and managing the operations of quality assessment and/or product generation systems. In addition, you will design and oversee the development and maintenance of global science product quality assessment tools to be used by instrument quality assessment teams, instrument science teams and researchers in the science community. The tools will incorporate state-of-the-art algorithms for transforming and analyzing data products in applications that can be easily mastered by researchers and the applications community.
As QA lead, you will plan, manage and coordinate efforts for large-scale science tests leading up to reprocessing campaigns for the entire data record for earth observing satellite instruments. This will include working closely with instrument science team principal investigators and science support team leaders to develop and maintain schedules; developing and reviewing plans for large-scale tests of science software used in the generation of global products; and analyzing the products generated during these tests and providing written recommendations on test findings.