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    Salary: $88,582 (Step 01) to $115,157 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

    There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.

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    Mendenhall Research Fellowship - Research Opportunity # S33. Application of Machine Learning to Remote Sensing of Floods

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seeks a postdoctoral scientist to research machine learning methods for application to remote sensing of flood inundation. A new generation of satellites is producing remote sensing data with dramatically increased frequency, spatial detail, and variety. There is immense potential to leverage this rapidly expanding constellation of remote sensing data for mapping flood inundation and improving situational awareness during flood events.

    The scientist will join a multidisciplinary team with expertise in the fields of hydrology, hydraulic modeling, remote sensing, and machine learning from the USGS, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). The postdoctoral scientist will be based at adjoining NASA/USGS facilities in Silicon Valley, with opportunities to interact with NGA and industry partners in the Valley.

    Proposed Duty Station: Moffett Field, Caifornia

    Areas of Ph.D.: Computer science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing, geographic/cartographic sciences, hydrologic sciences, hydraulics, or related fields (candidates holding a Ph.D. in other disciplines but with knowledge and skills relevant to the Research Opportunity may be considered).

    Qualifications: Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Research Geographer, Research Hydrologist, Research Physical Scientist, or Research Engineer

    (This type of research is performed by those who have backgrounds for the occupations stated above. However, other titles may be applicable depending on the applicant's background, education, and research proposal. The final classification of the position will be made by the Human Resources Specialist.)


    Physical/Environmental Demands:

    • Work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area normally involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms.
    • May involve occasional exposure to outdoor conditions with moderate risks and discomforts, such as those due to adverse weather conditions, such as high winds and low or high temperatures; travel in safety approved small air and water craft and off-road vehicles; falling trees; hostile wildlife; or poisonous insects, plants, or snakes.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1 to 5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/519931100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.