Imagery Scientist

Position Description:

Join a skilled, highly respected and long-standing team supporting the geospatial data quality mission. This is a unique opportunity to enhance your career by working with community subject matter experts, directly with the customer and with project autonomy not customarily given as a government contractor. Based on the priorities of the customer, your skills will support product evaluations, quality studies, new product initializations, product algorithm assessments, and develop models to quantify the expected quality of a system given various parameters. Candidate should have a working understanding and practical application of modeling components of the image path to include sensor, detector, atmospheric, and material properties. Simulation and modeling experience is desired, along with the ability to develop documentation for algorithms and software. Familiarity with current GEOINT systems, products, tools and development activities is needed. The selected candidate will work within an existing Government/multi-contractor team to complete a variety of tasks. Good communication and teamwork are necessary. A history of delivering results is critical to success.

The specific sub-tasks and activities to be performed include, but are not limited to:

  • Sensor modeling, including decomposing image formation elements to help quantify the overall quality of the image chain. 
  • Performing algorithm assessments to quantify the performance of primary and derived image products given desired mission applications.   
  • Performing baseline assessments of system performance to support sensor initialization. 
  • Operational monitoring of system performance over time. 
  • Responding to detected errors and artifacts by recommending possible causes and corrective actions. 


Required Experience/Education: 

  • At least 8 years with BS/BA or 6 years with MS/MA or 3 years with PhD; 
  • Experience working with SAR, EO or OPIR imaging platforms. 
  • Image processing or Digital Signal processing experience. 
  • Image chain analysis to include sensor modeling, signal quality and noise, optics, detector calibration,
    and image processing of pixel data. 
  • Application of error estimation. 
  • Understanding and application of image quality standards (e.g., NIIRS), scales, metrics and image 
    quality equations; 
  • Significant applied knowledge of sensor imaging systems, products, and exploitation processes. 
  • Strong understanding of the systems engineering lifecycle to include independent testing and data
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with emphasis on briefing to obtain decisions and solve
    technical issues and test plans/reports writing. 
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.  
  • Willingness to learn, solve problems and perform in a dynamic work environment. 
  • Track record of delivering results. 


Beneficial Skills: 

  • Knowledge of National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TCPED) image chain, specifically the inclusion of radiometric support weather data and material properties (NEFDS); 
  • Experience working in a DoD or IC operational environment. 
  • Experience developing engineering code (such as C, Python, MATLAB, IDL) to solve hard problems and create processes for repeatable results.  


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