OSIRIS-REx Senior Data Analyst (Image Processing) | UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will depart Earth in the Fall of 2016 and arrive at the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu in 2018. It will conduct over a year of reconnaissance observations of the asteroid before obtaining a sample from the surface. Images from the spacecraft’s cameras will be critical to many elements of the mission, including optical navigation, global mapping to secure a shape model to define a reference coordinate system, the search for sampling sites, and monitoring of the sample acquisition process.

The OSIRIS-REx mission is seeking an Image Processing Analyst who will be involved in the production, calibration, and analysis of OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite (OCAMS) images acquired before and during encounter with Bennu. The Image Processing Analyst will assist with the OSIRIS-REx optical imaging team throughout the lifecycle of image calibration, from observation planning, acquisition, data downlink and analysis, production of calibration products, implementation of calibration products, and finally scientific investigation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with astronomical data reduction and analysis to understand the geometric and radiometric behavior of the OCAMS imagers.
  • Participate in image calibration algorithm development, implementation, and management.
  • Serve as a resource to develop software and analysis utilities for the wider OSIRIS-REx optical imaging team.
  • Provide expertise related to astronomical calibration targets per calibration campaign to OSIRIS-REx Working Group Leads and OCAMS Instrument Scientists.
  • Participate in planning of OCAMS images for calibration and science observation windows and assist with image downlink.
  • Participate in analysis of OCAMS instrument testbed data and help with operation of laboratory equipment to support ground calibration efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in a field relevant to astronomy, optical/imaging science, image processing and remote sensing with 1 (PhD), 3 years (Masters), or 7 years
  • (Bachelors) experience.
  • Experience with calibration strategies and algorithms for CCD-based cameras and space missions or ground-based telescopes.
  • Knowledge of standard image calibration and processing techniques for scientific analysis.
  • Extensive experience with image processing and data analysis software (e.g. MATLAB, IDL, IRAF) as well as Unix computing environments and shell scripting (e.g. bash, cshell).
  • Familiarity with software tools used for image processing and geometric calculations in spacecraft camera or telescope systems (e.g. SPICE).
  • Laboratory experience with the design, execution, and analysis of optical tests on spaceflight cameras or ground-based telescopes.
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident (Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Involvement in previous or current space mission or ground-based telescope operations.
  • Familiarity with C.
  • Familiarity with C++, Java, python, or other object oriented programming language.
  • Familiarity with SQL or other database query language.
  • Familiarity with JavaScript.