Carbon Mapper Mission Science Applications Team; Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University

Job Title: 
Carbon Mapper Mission Science Applications Team
Job Location: 
Tempe, Arizona


We seek five people to fill a two-year role as members of a Science Applications Team for the Carbon Mapper (CM) satellite mission, a public-private partnership program involving, Planet Inc., Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Arizona, Arizona State University and the state of California.


The CM Science Applications Team will focus on the development and implementation of science algorithms in support of the satellite mission.  CM will initially launch two Earth orbiting satellites in 2023 making high spatial resolution hyperspectral observations in the 400-2500 nm wavelength range.  The team members will be responsible for developing and validating science algorithms for a range of applications, including agriculture, mineralogy, infrastructure, coastal-marine and terrestrial ecosystems, to be implemented by CM partner Planet for orbital mapping of terrestrial and marine processes, peer-reviewed journal papers, and scientific community engagement.  The team will complement and coordinate with CM’s methane and carbon research program. The team will utilize airborne imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral) measurements made by the Global Airborne Observatory in preparation for the satellite mission.


Job duties:


  • Conceptualization and implementation of science-based computer algorithms using imaging spectroscopy
  • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals as both first authors and co-authors
  • Presentations and communication of progress at mission team meetings and scientific conferences


Minimum qualifications:


  • PhD in Earth observation with demonstrated/published background in imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral remote sensing)
  • Willingness to work in a small, close-knit team of remote sensing scientists, and willingness to report to a Science Mission Deputy on research activities and developments
  • Strong computer programming skills as applied to remote sensing
  • Command of English language in both written and oral form and the ability to work in the United States.
  • Record of peer-reviewed scientific publishing


These postdoctoral team members will report to the CM Science Mission Deputy, who reports to the CM Chief Science Officer, Dr. Greg Asner.  The Science Mission Deputy and Team Members will be based at the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, within the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ.  GDCS leads spatially-explicit scientific and technological research focused on mitigating and adapting to global environmental change. Applications should be sent to andrea.cottrell [at] and should include cover letter highlighting above-listed qualifications, curriculum vitae or resume, and the names of two or more references. Review of applications will begin September 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

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