Remote sensing and data scientist - Manaaki Whenua
Science New Zealand
Christchurch, NZ
2d ago

We need a talented remote sensing researcher to join our growing team...

This is an excellent opportunity to join Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research's Informatics Team at a time of significant growth and development.

If you are

  • well versed in remote sensing and spatial data analysis with knowledge of New Zealand's vegetation and landscape ecology complemented by skills in data science, computational science, statistics, or maths
  • keen to develop new leading-edge techniques to identify and map vegetation and to combine and interpret spatial data to provide environmental information, and
  • looking for a dynamic and invigorating technological environment in which to work
  • then we have the job for you.

    Our land, our future - this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand's rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, fresh water and soil resources we need for a prosperous future.

    We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Māori, and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious environment.

    We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally.

    We need a talented and dedicated data scientist to join our growing remote sensing team. This is a great opportunity to work in a stimulating and rewarding area developing new approaches to analysing satellite and other remotely sensed imagery and other spatial data.

    The position will focus on improved techniques to map vegetation and change in the environment. It encompasses a diverse range of both large and small projects, some focused on research and others on the contractual delivery of extracted spatial information.

    The position offers an interesting mix of challenges in the areas of applied research and operational delivery.

    You will be working with researchers, technical staff, and stakeholders :

  • Understanding the analytical needs, you will advise on both data sources and methodologies best suited to providing appropriate information
  • You will use and develop new techniques for remote sensing including data science oriented approaches for producing interpreted data for vegetation and land-cover and environmental change detection and reporting
  • You will have access to fast HPC and OpenGL architectures to implement spatial modelling and processing pipelines
  • You will apply your knowledge and familiarity with Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research's and other agencies natural resource datasets available online and appreciation of their limitations and potential to help create new solutions or solve problems
  • You will uncover opportunities for informatics solutions to better meet stakeholder and end user needs
  • You need

  • A doctorate and / or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as data science and machine learning, vegetation and landscape ecology, using remote sensing methods
  • A strong knowledge of remote sensing methods utilising a variety of data types such as optical, SAR, Lidar, and hyper-spectral
  • Very good knowledge of remote sensing software tools, especially open-source packages
  • Strong programming skills : with large datasets, statistical and mathematical programming with a range of languages e.
  • g., Python, NumPy, R, C++, etc. Comfort in both Linux and Windows environments is helpful.

  • A high level of initiative and time management with great communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • A strong publication record with regard to your career stage
  • An interest, qualification or experience in science fields such as environmental, landscape processes, ecosystems and biology / biodiversity.
  • What we offer

    As an employee of Landcare Research, you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment.

    This position offers the opportunity to work on real-world challenges and to specialise for significant personal growth and career development and offers great staff benefits.

    Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution.

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

    This position will be in either Lincoln or Palmerston North and will be fulltime (37.5 hours per week).

    A verified My Vaccine Pass is a condition of entry to all Manaaki Whenua workplaces (including field work) for employees and non-employees.

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