Applied Scientist (Geoscience)

Descartes Labs, Santa Fe, NM or San Francisco, CA or New York, NY

A data refinery, built to understand our planet

With streamlined access to petabytes of science-ready geospatial data and the computing power to go with it, the Applied Science team at Descartes Labs is building a digital twin of the earth.  We model our planet by combining sensor data with a mix of physical, statistical, and machine learning modeling approaches.

We’re looking for geologic modeling experts to make sense of this data, provide value to our mining and oil & gas clients, and develop new approaches for working with large amounts of geospatial data.


  • Use geospatial remote sensing data sets, including multi-spectral satellite data, seismic, gravity, and magnetics to model earth systems
  • Creatively combine geologic, ancillary data, and client data to answer tough science questions and solve client problems
  • Interact with clients to brainstorm methodologies and present results
  • Work with our engineering team to continuously improve our platform

Required Skills & Experience

  • Bachelors and advanced degrees (MS/PhD) in relevant fields (e.g. Geology, Computer Science, Data Science, Statistics)
  • Strong statistical background
  • Experience with geospatial remote sensing data
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a scientific programming language - preferably Python (numpy, pandas)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently


  • Exploration for precious metals
  • Experience with metamorphic and alteration systems related to precious metals
  • Experience with multispectral satellite for mining (ASTER etc)
  • Field experience in creating published geologic maps
  • Peer-reviewed published journal articles on related topics
  • Experience with version control software (e.g. GitHub, Mercurial, Subversion, etc.)
  • Experience with cloud and/or distributed computing

About Descartes Labs

Data will be the great enabler of new technologies, new products, and new businesses of our generation. Descartes Labs is building a data-refinery on a cloud-based supercomputer for the application of machine intelligence to massive data sets. By teaching computers to see, we create the infrastructure and services needed to model — and predict changes in — resources and the entire value chains in which they live. We enable businesses to better apply insights from data - both their own and external sources - across sectors ranging from energy and agriculture to large scale industrial and government. Our mission is to better understand the planet, for good and for profit, so our team of applied scientists also does impact science work around natural disasters, the spread of disease, and food security. Today, Descartes Labs is using its data refinery for satellite imagery. We currently process images from the major NASA and ESA satellite constellations at scale, creating a digital data twin of the entire planet that monitors the whole earth, in near real-time. We are headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have offices in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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