Advanced Phenomenologies for Remote Sensing

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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How to Apply

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Application Deadline
2/28/2020 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Current space-based Earth monitoring is built around technology that is decades to centuries old (e.g., electro-optical imaging – Hans Lippershey, 1608; RADAR – Christian Hulsmeyer, 1904; LIDAR – Malcolm Stitch, 1961; spectral imaging – Landsat 1, 1972). Arguably, the majority of current R&D is aimed at evolutionary advances of those technologies. However, limited efforts are aimed at developing new detecting technologies capable of revolutionizing remote sensing. New technologies able to go beyond the inherent physical limitations of current remote sensing methods are needed to observe the planet in new and more revealing ways.

Technologies could include: (a) the remote sensing of potential fields (e.g., gravity, magnetism); (b) long-distance observation of radioactivity; (c) all-weather imaging; and (d) the imaging of concealed objects, are of interest.

Example Approaches:

Wood, A., Lilette, E., Fein, Y., Tomek, N., McGuinness, L., Hollenberg, L., Scholten, R. and Martin, A. (2018). Quantum measurement of a rapidly rotating spin qubit in diamond. Science Advances, 4(5), p.eaar7691.

Relevance to the Intelligence Community:

The purpose of this research would be to advance the Intelligence Community’s capabilities by exploring sensing approaches not yet thought of and by exploring what could be developed.

Key Words: Remote Sensing, Quantum Sensing, Potential Fields, Gravity, Magnetism, Radioactivity


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (16 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (20 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (15 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (46 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other Non-S&E (2 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (27 )