Data Scientist, Hyperspectral processing and exploitation
Health Canada
Valcartier (Québec)
5h ago
source : Health Canada

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  • Duties

    The successful candidate will be required to carry research and development activities related to the application of machine learning techniques to target detection from hyperspectral imagery.

    Tasks will include a literature review of deep learning approaches for spectral anomaly and signature detection, the development, testing, and evaluation of deep learning algorithms and for the validation of their performance by comparison to existing DRDC’s techniques.

    Work environment

    Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence that responds to the scientific and technological needs of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

    Its vision, mission and values guide Defence R&D Canada to ensure that the CAF remains scientifically and operationally relevant.

    The agency is made up of eight centers located across Canada with a corporate office in Ottawa.

    The Valcartier Research Center develops innovative technologies and systems in the fields of optronic systems, information systems and combat systems.

    Work will be conducted within the Spectral and Geospatial Exploitation Section (SGE), whose mandate is to provide the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Public Safety the leadership, world-

    class sciences and technologies capabilities for EO / IR spectral imagery exploitation for geospatial intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance.

    Positions to be filled : 1

    Information you must provide

    Your résumé.

    A covering letter in 9,999 words (maximum) "Cover letter describing how you meet the essential and any applicable asset qualifications.

    Copy of undergraduate transcripts. A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year.

    You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.

    Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification.

    Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected."

    In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


    Enrolment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in engineering or physics.


  • At least 3 months of experience in the development of deep neural nets algorithms for signal processing.
  • At least 6 month of experience in the development of hyperspectral imagery data processing algorithms.

  • Knowledge of the principals and practices of science investigation.
  • Knowledge of the principles of hyperspectral imagery.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


    Completion of courses in any of the following subjects :

  • Signal processing;
  • Computer programming (C++, Python, Matlab, or equivalent);
  • Machine Learning.

  • Experience with hyperspectral imagery processing and exploitation techniques;
  • Experience in the development and implementation of algorithms for hyperspectral data exploitation, in the C++, Python, Matlab or equivalent programming language;
  • Experience in the development of deep learning techniques for the exploitation of hyperspectral imagery;
  • Experience using the PyTorch deep learning platform.
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    French essential

    The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


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  • May be required to participate in other research and development tasks, as and when required.
  • Conditions of employment

    Reliability Status security clearance

    Relocate to Quebec, Qc area for the duration of the assignment.

    Other information

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