Senior Spectroscopic Data Scientist

Mountain View, CA /
Research & Development /
Full Time
About Kairos Aerospace 

At Kairos Aerospace we combine innovative aerospace systems with advanced data science. Unlike traditional aerospace companies, we sell information, not hardware - we operate our sensors cost-effectively at continental scale to produce novel data streams about pressing global problems.

First on our list: spotting hard-to-monitor emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change.

As a team, we love science and engineering, we love getting our hands dirty with hardware and software, and we love seeing our work make a difference in the real world.

We’ve created a diverse, collaborative, supportive, and fun environment that is based on integrity and treating people right. So no matter your gender, gender identity, race, age, beliefs, sexual orientation, or disabilities, we welcome you and would like to work with you. :-)

It’s never boring, it’s always challenging, and we’re usually laughing.

Senior Spectroscopic Data Scientist

The Senior Spectroscopic Data Scientist will advance the state of the art of Kairos’ primary data products. Initially, you will be responsible for applying traditional and not-at-all traditional approaches to our airborne spectroscopic methane retrievals in order to improve the information content of our data for our customers.

But we don’t want to stop there. You will work closely with the R&D and hardware teams to evaluate what hardware changes might translate into real data quality improvements. You will collaborate with data analysts to understand what environmental features cause noise in the processed data images and investigate ways to eliminate that interference. You will communicate with the team, both technical and non-technical, outlining the improvements and tradeoffs for data analytics options. You will be creative about applying advanced data analytics to our GIS, optical, and thermal data streams as well.

All of this effort on your part will contribute to a large enough volume of labelled data to investigate improvements in our measurements using an AI/ML approach to continuous improvement of our sensitivity.

(And of course - it's a startup - you will get to contribute to a bunch of interesting, adjacent projects as well.)

Please Have

    • MS/PhD or equivalent in optics, atmospheric physics/chemistry, or other relevant field.
    • Deep experience with spectrometers (or similar scientific data generators) and spectral data analysis
    • Expertise in scientific programming for data analysis
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Desirable Experience

    • Experience with scientific imaging and image processing
    • Programming in Python
    • Experience with maximum likelihood and/or bayesian estimators
    • Understanding of GIS systems and analysis
    • AI/ML experience
    • Able to travel for up to one week at a time
Life at Kairos

A few important facts about working at Kairos Aerospace:

We provide health, dental, and vision insurance, including subsidized coverage for dependents.

We think death-march hours are a bad way to run a company. We expect something approximating a 40-hour work week, but mostly we just care that your work gets done. No, really. (Full disclosure: we occasionally put in some extra hours during crunch periods, but that is the exception, not the norm).

We do not track vacation time, nor do we have set hours to be in the office. Instead, we encourage taking real vacations, mental health days, leaving early to pick up the kids, working from home, time-shifting commutes, staying home when you're sick, ducking out to the gym - we believe work time should be flexible.

We support remote work, and even many of our local people only come in to the office a few days a week. We love it when kids make a cameo in a video call.