Spectral Geologist

Descartes Labs
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Job Description

The Role:

As a subject matter expert (SME) in spectral geology and/or remote sensing geology on the Customer Experience team you will focus primarily on the Mineral Exploration Vertical. This role will report to the Customer Experience Team and will include mentorship from our current Principal Remote Sensing Geologist and Spectral Geologists. The primary focus of the role will be technical support in the application of remote sensing principles of lithologic and alteration mapping using our Marigold software for a wide variety of mineral deposit types. This role will provide remote sensing expertise and support during sales calls and post-sale with prospective clients and customers. You will also support product onboarding and training. With time and experience you may also assist in the development of scoping and executing projects for clients in an Applied Science role. 

Your Impact:

  • Work closely with the Sales and Customer Success teams under the mentorship of a Principal Remote Sensing Geologist.
  • Provide onboarding and ongoing training to Mineral Exploration customers.
  • Join sales calls with prospective mining clients to demonstrate and represent the domains of mineral exploration, deposit modeling, spectral geology/remote sensing geology 
  • Support machine learning studies using remote sensing products as carried out by DL’s Remote Sensing experts or the Applied Science team
  • Engage with Descartes Labs Teams to develop and deliver custom scope of work documents to help close deals with new mining clients
  • Develop and propose remote sensing solutions using Marigold that utilize the Descartes Labs Products and Solutions to help clients improve exploration workflows and generate new mineral targets.

What You Bring:

  • PhD or MSc (preferred), or BSc in a relevant scientific field such as Remote Sensing, Geoscience/Geochemistry, or Data Science (preferably with experience in the application of remote sensing geology, spectral geology, or mineralogy for mineral exploration). Relative work experience may substitute for education. 
  • 3+ years of experience in mineral mapping of ore deposits using remote sensing data such as ASTER, Sentinel-2, WorldView-3 or hyperspectral imagery. This will include demonstrated knowledge in the alteration systems associated with prominent ore deposit models for a variety of commodities.
  • Strong problem solving skills, with the ability to research, develop, and implement solutions to novel problems.
  • Experience working with clients to develop proposals that utilize remote sensing geology and self-motivation and able to work independently as well as within a team.

Bonus Skills/Experience

  • Proficiency in scientific computing with Python, preferably focused on remote sensing/geospatial data, with exposure to machine learning principles, with the ability to quickly pick up new technical skills
  • Knowledge of machine learning to solve exploration business problems.

Who You Are

  • You are always exploring and experimenting, interested in why and how, seeking not only to understand but to make work and the world better. You enthusiastically share your learning with others and actively seek information and knowledge. 
  • You are determined, always keep your promises, and are forward thinking. Principled and integrous, you take your commitments seriously.
  • Unpretentious and self-aware, you cultivate compassion for others and take responsibility for your mistakes. Egos are barriers to doing the best work and always learning. 
  • Open and Inclusive. You are receptive and interested in new ideas and perspectives, even when those perspectives don’t agree with your views. You value and respect difference and create ways for all people to contribute to the organization. 
  • You know it takes a team to get anything accomplished and you actively and inclusively work across the organization. You listen intently and openly and are always focused first on creating the best results. 
  • You are able to navigate changing circumstances and environments with ease and approach uncertainty with enthusiasm, while inspiring others towards effective goal setting and accomplishment.

Top Reasons to Work at Descartes Labs

  • Free Fridays! - Spend Fridays the way you want, there is no expectation to work! Some of us are in customer-facing roles, or on-call, and may need to be flexible to create great customer experiences, but that should be the exception and not the rule.
  • We pride collaboration over ownership, iteration over perfection, principles over rules, and discussion over directives.
  • We’re using the world’s top technology to solve the world’s largest problems with a strong focus on sustainability, environment, and impact science.
  • We look at Descartes Labs as a work environment where people are included, treat their colleagues with professional regard and respect, and thrive as a result.
  • We strongly encourage and enjoy a flexible work environment; Free Fridays, unlimited PTO, remote-first
  • Descartes Labs offers a generous compensation package including a competitive salary; choice of medical plan; dental, life, and disability insurance; paid holidays, unlimited PTO; monthly WFH stipend.
  • We offer parental leave for any team member who becomes a parent through childbirth, adoption or foster care. We offer up to a maximum of 24 weeks paid leave for primary caregivers during a 12 month period or 8 weeks paid leave for secondary caregivers during a 12 month period. Employees will be eligible if they have worked for Descartes Labs for more than 6 months.

$95,000 - $105,000 a year

Please note the base salary range is a guideline, and individual total compensation will vary based on factors such as qualifications, skill level & competencies.

You belong here! If your experience and interests match with some of the above, we want you to apply. 

We are dedicated to building a diverse community, where employees belong, even if they are different. Scientific discovery is in our DNA, and diversity fuels innovation.

Company Info.

Descartes Labs

Descartes Labs is a technology company that automates the analysis of geospatial data to help organizations answer key questions about the physical world. Through our SaaS platform, we enable the analysis of earth observation data at scale, providing services and solutions across commodity sourcing and forecasting, resource exploration, and climate resilience, while also supporting diverse federal government efforts to gather, analyze, and provid

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