[MARMAM] Job opening: Satellite Imagery Analyst

Emma Dvorak edvorak at integratedstatistics.com
Tue Nov 7 06:48:51 PST 2023

  Satellite Imagery Analyst

Integrated Statistics is looking for a Satellite Imagery Analyst to 
contribute to research focused on utilizing very high-resolution (VHR) 
satellite imagery for monitoring and conservation of the North Atlantic 
right whale. This position will support National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Whale Ecology 

The Satellite Imagery Analyst will work in collaboration with a 
multidisciplinary team, leading a project that includes analysis of VHR 
satellite imagery to assess its utility in detecting right whales and 
other species, particularly in comparison with other survey platforms 
and under varying environmental conditions. The Satellite Imagery 
Analyst will work closely with the interagency Geospatial Artificial 
Intelligence for Animals (GAIA) collaboration and will contribute to 
advancing our understanding of marine mammal distribution using 
cutting-edge technology and analysis techniques.

The goals of this project are to:

 1. Compare the effectiveness of right whale detection from VHR
    satellite imagery with data collected from other observation
    platforms (e.g. aircraft, vessels, acoustics).
 2. Evaluate the suitability and performance of VHR satellite imagery
    for whale detection in varying environmental conditions, including
    sea state, cloud cover, and glare, to determine its practical
    applicability for marine mammal research, particularly in the US
    northeast region.

The duties of the Satellite Imagery Analyst include:

  * Collaborating with the research team to develop and refine the
    annotation platform and backend databases for efficient data management.
  * Conducting comprehensive analysis of annotated imagery to assess the
    accuracy of right whale detection and quantify the impact of
    environmental conditions.
  * Collaborating with team members to integrate results from VHR
    satellite imagery analysis with data from other observation platforms.
  * Designing a study to evaluate challenges and strengths of different
    approaches for marine mammal data collection by comparing results
    from VHR imagery to vessel/aircraft/acoustics at both an inshore and
    offshore location.
  * Writing a peer-reviewed publication with the research team and
    identifying an appropriate venue for publication. There may be
    opportunities to participate in presenting work in scientific
    conference venues as well.

*Qualifications and Experience*

  * Master's or PhD in Data Science, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Science,
    Marine Biology, or related field.
  * Strong background in satellite image analysis, remote sensing, and
    image annotation is required.
  * Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous statistical analyses on
    large datasets is required.
  * Experience with processing Maxar imagery, particularly level 1B, is
    very beneficial.
  * Experience detecting wildlife in satellite imagery, conducting
    marine mammal aerial surveys is required.
  * Experience in processing drone and/or aerial survey imagery is
  * Proficiency in geospatial software and programming languages
    (ArcGIS, Python, GDAL, R) for image analysis and data processing is
    very beneficial.
  * Experience with machine learning and computer vision techniques is
  * Familiarity with Microsoft Azure and/or Amazon Web Services cloud
    computing is beneficial.
  * Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated
    writing skills and history of successful delivery of timely and
    clearly written communication are required.
  * Ability to work independently and to work effectively in a team setting.

The position is full-time (40 hours per week) for one year, with the 
possibility of extension. The rate of pay is approximately $33-38/hr, 
depending on skills and experience, and the position is eligible for the 
benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website. Preferred start 
date is January 2024. Partially remote work may be a possibility for an 
exceptional candidate. To apply for this position, go to 
https://jobs.intstats.com/JobDetails.jsp?jobListingId=310 or visit 
www.integratedstatistics.com, click Employment Opportunities, click the 
job name and click the Apply Here link.

Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not 
discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, 
color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender 
identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification 
protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its 
obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to 
taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified 
women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans, 
veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans. For assistance 
with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents, 
please email the Integrated Statistics office.

Integrated Statistics, Inc.
16 Sumner Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Cell: (508) 648-8308
Office: (508) 540-8560
Fax: (508) 721-6841

Integrated Statistics, Inc.
16 Sumner Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Cell: (508) 648-8308
Office: (508) 540-8560
Fax: (508) 721-6841
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