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Researcher/Scientist III

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req5376

Department: Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar & Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona has an opening for a Researcher/Scientist III in the field of Planetary Geomorphology and Data Analysis. The successful applicant will work as a Lab Manager and Technician specializing in aspects of Planetary Geomorphology and Data Analysis. There will be additional opportunities for advance 3D visualization and analysis using Reality Capture, custom fabrication of UAS systems, and field-based deployments.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Work will include developing stereo-photogrammetric modeling of drone-and satellite-based data (using BAE Systems Socet Set, Agisoft Metashape, Pix4D, UgCs, and related programs), operation of Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (UAS), including DJI (Matrice, Mavic, and Phantom-series), fixed-wing (e.g., Trimble UX5-HP, Wingtra, Sensefly eBee X), and custom heavy lift drones, acquisition and processing of Differential GPS measurement using Trimble R10, Geo 7x, and similar systems. The applicant will be expected to assist in the day-to-day supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students using or studying in the lab. Other duties may be added as required.

Additional responsibilities include general data management, computer lab maintenance, and ArcGIS project development to assist the research team. Expertise computer programming, scripting, as well as development and implementation of machine learning and computer vision algorithms is also highly valued.

In addition to these lab management and data processing activities, the successful applicant is also pursue creative scientific research, including the design and implementation of scientific publications, extramural research proposals, development of novel methodologies and technologies, with research presented at scientific meetings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Hands-on problem solving skills with software and hardware system
  • Differential GPS surveying and post-processing skills
  • Familiarity with the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS)
  • Advanced skills in computer programming in one more languages
  • Independently motivated

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required
  • Experience in photogrammetry
  • Experience in lidar
  • Experience in Unoccupied Aircraft Systems(UAS) operation
  • Experience in ArcGIS

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Science, Geology, Planetary Science or a related field
  • Experience in machine learning and computer vision, including Matlab and OpenCV
  • Experience in data management
  • FAA Part 107 certification
  • Experience in UAS fabrication
  • Experience in advanced data visualization and analysis

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Christopher Hamilton

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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