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Hyperspectral Scientist

KoBold Metals

KoBold Metals

Posted on Friday, March 15, 2024


KoBold Metals is a mineral exploration company using AI to explore for the metals we need for our transition to a low-carbon economy. KoBold’s business is discovering, defining, expanding, and developing mineral resources, and KoBold’s objective is to achieve a step-change improvement in exploration success: we aim to discover more tier 1 resources, faster, and with fewer failures.

KoBold has a global portfolio of more than 50 exploration properties targeting nickel, copper, cobalt, and lithium, which range from 100%-owned to partnerships with both majors, junior explorers, and prospectors.

Our team includes the best of the industry in exploration geoscience, data science, software engineering, operations, and business personnel. Prior to joining KoBold, KoBold team members have made nearly 20 discoveries. Our exploration programs are co-led by our geoscientists and data scientists, who develop exploration hypotheses, rigorously quantify uncertainty in our understanding of the subsurface, and design data collection programs that most effectively reduce uncertainty, drawing upon a large suite of proprietary exploration technology built by our data scientists and software engineers. Our field programs validate and improve the system and have demonstrated material improvements over conventional exploration methods

KoBold is privately held and our investors include: institutional asset managers T. Rowe Rice and Canada Pension Plan Investments; technology venture capitalists Andreessen Horowitz, Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures, BOND Capital, Standard Investments, and Sam Altman’s Apollo Projects; and leading natural resources companies Equinor, Mitsubishi, and BHP.

We are hiring a Scientist to help accelerate our mission.

About the position

In this role, you will build predictive models and apply a wide range of scientific computing, statistical, and physics-based methods to transform remote sensing data, including multi- and hyper-spectral, into actionable insights that guide our exploration programs. You will further develop KoBold’s in-house remote sensing instrumentation and develop modeling tools to optimize further data collection efforts. You will be creating insights that accelerate discovery of critical battery metals.

You will join an outstanding team of data scientists and engineers and will work closely with KoBold’s world-renowned geoscientists to incorporate our best understanding of the chemical and physical processes that create ore deposits. Working with your geoscience colleagues, you will identify new opportunities and technologies for geophysical data collection, create predictions, identify exploration targets, design field programs to collect data, and use that data to reduce the uncertainty in our predictions and guide the next phase of field work.

Ultimately, your role is to help KoBold make valuable discoveries by building and deploying next generation hardware and analysis techniques to solve scientific problems.


The Scientist will:

  • Apply state-of-the-art analysis techniques to multi- and hyper-spectral remote sensing data
  • Model and simulate remote sensing instruments to improve data collection and guide development of future instruments
  • Help develop KoBold’s proprietary software exploration tools.
  • Find and curate open source remote sensing data and integrate it into KoBold’s proprietary data system.
  • Build models to make statistically valid predictions about the locations of compositional anomalies within the Earth’s crust.
  • Create effective visualizations for evaluating model performance and enabling rapid interaction with the underlying data and key features.
  • Develop and apply a range of data processing, statistical, and physics-based techniques to geoscientific data, including both reflectance and emissivity spectroscopy, and use the results to guide our targeting efforts and inform our acquisition and exploration decisions.
  • Present to and collaborate with our external partners and stakeholders.

A great Scientist candidate will have:

  • A successful track record of working with remote sensing instrumentation, especially reflectance and emissivity spectroscopy, and developing and deploying state-of-the-art spectral analysis techniques.

Technical skills, including extensive experience with:

  • Physical measurement and data analysis systems.
  • Applying scientific knowledge to identify and prototype emerging technologies
  • Systems integration and data acquisition.
  • Python’s data science packages and general software engineering practices.
  • Collaborative software development (git), and familiarity with software engineering best practices like unit test / integration test suites, and CICD pipelines.
  • Using cloud computing resources to perform scientific analysis at scale
  • Building a wide variety of predictive models, applying them to different problems, and evaluating and interpreting the results.
  • Working with a broad range of types of data including data from physical systems.
  • Geospatial analyses and visualizations.

Technical knowledge:

  • Atmospheric corrections for remote sensing data
  • Broad skills in and knowledge of data analysis, physics, and applied statistics.

Training and work experience:

  • An advanced degree in the physical sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics.
  • Post-degree work experience as a scientist or engineer.

Work practices and motivation:

  • Ability to take ownership and responsibility of large projects.
  • Enjoys constantly learning such that you are driving insights and innovations.
  • Ability to explain technical problems to and collaborate on solutions with domain experts who aren’t software developers.
  • Excitement about joining a fast-growing early-stage company, comfort with a dynamic work environment, and eagerness to take on a range of responsibilities.
  • Ability to independently prioritize multiple tasks effectively.

It is also helpful but not required to have experience with:

  • Image processing or computer vision
  • Geophysical data, instrumentation, and inverse problems
  • Project and team management

KoBold Metals is an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for people of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

Location: KoBold is a remote first workplace, we are open to candidates currently residing anywhere in the United States or Canada. All candidates must be authorized to legally work in either the United States or Canada