USA nationals: MS-level Water Quality Remote Sensing Graduate Research Assistant via AGU

Kent State University

Kent, OH, United States 🇺🇸

am accepting applications for a NASA-funded, MS-level graduate research assistant (GRA) at Kent State University to begin this coming fall (August 2018). Due to the federal funding source – and the nature of the hyperspectral work – all applicants must be US Citizens or nationals. I am looking for a student with a background in Geology, Ecology and/or Remote Sensing.

The successful applicant will work with Dr. Joseph D. Ortiz (Department of Geology, Kent State University) as part of an ongoing, NASA-funded collaboration with the NASA Glenn Research Center and seven other institutions studying the perennial cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms that occur on Lake Erie and several of the inland waters in Ohio each summer.  

The Water Quality Lab at Kent State University is working on state-of-the-art algorithms and unsupervised classification methods to differentiate algae, cyanobacteria and suspended sediment based on their spectral signatures using multispectral and hyperspectral data sets from a variety of aerial and satellite sensors. The preferred candidate will have expertise in visible remote sensing and IDL programing, but on the job training is possible for well qualified candidates. 

For more information, visit my website ( or contact me by email or phone. I will be at t the AGU/TOS/ASLO OSM18 meeting, which I am helping to plan in Feb.

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Dr. Joseph D. Ortiz

Professor and Assistant Chair

Department of Geology

Ohio Space Grant Consortium Campus Representative

2018 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting Program Planning Committee Member

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