Senior GNSS RO/PRO Scientist at Spire
Boulder, CO, US / Glasgow, GB / Luxembourg

As a Senior GNSS RO/PRO Scientist at Spire, you will be an integral part of an extremely agile team focused on developing and operating a new GNSS polarimetric RO (PRO) satellite mission. You will work across the various disciplines of satellite remote sensing mission design and analysis, GNSS-RO receiver processing, GNSS-RO retrieval algorithm development, and measurement calibration and validation.

You will work with the world’s premier nanosatellite GNSS receiver design team to implement GNSS-PRO capabilities on our state-of-the-art CubeSat GNSS payload. You will develop the remote sensing algorithms and codes to turn GNSS-PRO measurements into valuable products for a wide variety of global customers, and these products will lead the field in Earth observations from commercial CubeSats. You will have the responsibility to ensure that we deliver high-quality, low-latency Earth remote sensing products and the freedom to pursue novel, high-impact applications. And instead of your ideas and efforts sitting on a shelf or hidden in an academic journal, you will see and experience them actually working in space within months of joining Spire.

Responsibilities of your role:

  • Leading the initial GNSS-PRO mission design and operation of a GNSS-PRO payload on Spire’s large and growing constellation of CubeSats
  • Working with the payload team to implement GNSS-PRO algorithms into the existing and new versions of the GNSS receiver payload
  • Ensuring the payload can meet measurement requirements
  • GNSS-PRO retrieval algorithm development for the conversion of low-level GNSS-PRO measurements into calibrated precipitation observations
  • Conducting thorough calibration and validation of the measurements to improve their quality and to document their accuracy and precision for customers
  • Supporting commissioning and operation of the GNSS-PRO payload after launch and performing agile development while on orbit to constantly increase capabilities and improve performance

Candidates must have experience with the following:

  • Direct experience in satellite or aircraft-based GNSS-RO remote sensing
  • Ph.D. or M.S. in remote sensing, preferably satellite microwave sounding, radar, or radiometry, electrical engineering, applied physics, or related field and a publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with programming and analysis in Python (preferred) or Matlab/Octave
  • Strong background in physics, mathematics, and statistics
  • Intimate knowledge of GNSS-RO measurement processing
  • Exceptionally well-organized, with the ability to go as deep as needed in any project to identify and resolve problems
  • Adaptability to new ideas and the ability to push the envelope of GNSS capabilities to deliver unique applications in Earth observations

Strong candidates will also possess skills in at least one of the following areas:

  • Strong background in GNSS-PRO science and applications
  • Ph.D. thesis topic in GNSS remote sensing
  • Experience in calibration and validation of remote sensing data
  • Experience in large scale data processing systems, including ingesting and analyzing large quantities of remote sensing data from various sources