• Full Time
  • Brookings
  • February 16, 2021

Website South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University EECS Imaging Processing Lab (IPLab) is seeking an Imaging Engineer to engage in actively funded research in the areas of radiometric, geometric, and spatial characterization with a focus on correction, calibration and validation of satellite and airborne imaging systems. The IPLab actively works with state of the art on-orbit imaging sensors through funded research partnerships with NASA, USGS DOD and with numerous commercial partners. The lab focuses its efforts on developing new and innovative methods of calibration and validation through ground field campaigns, in-situ instruments and a worldwide set of ground reference sites to address the evolving needs of new and upcoming space missions. Once these new methods are validated, they are then integrated into the operational evaluation of on-orbit sensors to implement routine characterization. As an Imaging Engineer, this position will be involved in supporting these activities and working with our partners in devising creative and new techniques for calibration and validation of radiometric optical imagery and applying them to operational sensors to validate or correct the data from these sensors.

We require a creative and innovative professional to join us in the SDSU Image Processing Lab. We are seeking someone with broad backgrounds in GIS, imaging remote sensing, and/or temporal signal processing. This individual must work well in group settings and have strong written and oral communications skills.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The candidate will be responsible for working with other staff, through research and journal review, to come up with solutions to problems encountered in the world of radiometric calibration of remotely sensed image sensors.  These solutions may involve either hardware or software. Most projects are software based and would be implemented via engineering level code (Matlab or Python) and subsequently validated using various ground truth data.  Once the methodology is devised, the code is written, and the process validated, the researcher will use the new approach to operationally apply the process to other sensors. Often then the researcher develops or works with our sponsoring partners to produce a rigorous operational code.  This position will also be responsible for presenting the results to the lab, to external sponsors, writing up the results into reports, and submitting and gaining acceptance of the new method through a peer reviewed journal paper. In addition, as a part of the position, the candidate would be expected to work with and mentor students in the lab as they undertake various other remote sensing calibration / validation projects.


Master’s Degree in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or a field closely related to remote sensing or GIS completed by first day of employment;
At least one year of experience in radiometric sensor calibration or related GIS application using remotely sensed optical imaging data;
Demonstrated ability to work on open ended research problems via demonstrated research experience;
Ability to develop engineering quality code in Matlab, Python, or relevant GIS packages for evaluation of radiometric calibration/validation of imagery;
·         Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills;

Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire;
Strong interpersonal skills.


At least one year of experience related to GIS, Remote sensing, or optical imaging;
Demonstrated experience with developing code in Matlab for work on GIS data;
·         Experience in presenting results and methods in public and in peer reviewed journals.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes. South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

The department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science provides a program of study for the majors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  Students study electrical circuits, electronics, communication, computer engineering, physical electronics, software engineering, programming, operating systems, computer network design, information systems, digital processing, signal processing, remote sensing and other areas of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  The department offers BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. All faculty are actively involved in research and outreach.  The department houses four undergraduate electrical engineering laboratories, a senior capstone design lab, five electronics-based characterization research labs, three chemistry labs, a 3500 ft2 cleanroom nanofabrication and testing facility with five class 1000 bays, a 50 kW microgrid research lab, optics room and a machine shop. 

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,100 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29.  The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance.  It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of close to 150,000.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by February 16, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.  

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students.  This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Morakot Kaewmanee at Morakot.Kaewmanee@sdstate.edu or (605) 688-5676.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone:  (605) 688-4128 

To apply for this job please visit yourfuture.sdbor.edu.