Airborne Remote Sensing Laboratory Lead | Battelle Ecology, Inc.

Date Posted: 
Monday, May 22, 2017
Position Location: 
Boulder, CO
Job Description: 


Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.  Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.  The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.


The NEON Airborne Remote Sensing team is currently seeking an individual to lead activities in the Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) Sensor Test Facility. The Laboratory Lead has overall responsibility for the laboratory facility including providing technical direction and coordinating the activities of technicians in the laboratory as well as for the development and maintenance of the NEON remote sensing payloads.  The Laboratory Lead is responsible for the delivery of the AOP payload(s) to AOP Flight Operations team.  Duties include managing all laboratory development (including the coordination of the electrical, mechanical, software and thermal engineering support), integration, and testing of the payload(s); coordinating the calibration of the sensors with the AOP Science team, coordinating the payload(s) handoff with AOP Flight Operations team; managing instrument testing, calibration, and maintenance; and providing payload technical support to the Flight Operations team during deployment as needed.  


  • This position is located in Boulder, CO. 
  • Travel to assigned sites in support of the AOP Flight Operations team during flight deployments (i.e., one to two weeks away from HQ) as the project needs indicate

Must have permanent authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship.

This position offers competitive total rewards including 401(k), health, vision and dental insurance, paid time off and the opportunity to work at an organization with a great mission.

Battelle Ecology, Inc. provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle Ecology, Inc.


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