S2 Analytical Solutions LLC - Project Scientists Support Expert

Overview:Project Scientists Support Expert

Clearance: Active TS/SCI
Location: Springfield, VA
Experience: At least 20 years of experience with 15 years of specialized experience

Positions requires qualifications and skills in a variety of scientific disciplines in support of advanced expert-level activities, including research and development activities (basic research, applied research and advanced technology development). Qualified individuals must hold a degree in a core scientific discipline or demonstrated knowledge and expertise in core disciplines. Core disciplines include, but are not limited to, photogrammetry, geodesy, mathematics, statistics, physics, and image sciences. Scientists must be capable of independent scientific research and algorithm development as well as leadership of small teams. The focus of these positions includes researching the latest scientific approaches and algorithms related to photogrammetry, remote sensing, image sciences, imaging sensor technology, gravity and gravity processing, earth magnetic modeling, earth pole wonder, precession and nutation, and development in new areas through innovative ideas and experimentation. This position will apply expertise from core sciences that support customer’s mission to meet its requirements and provide the best solution to the broader agencies.Responsibilities:Duties include:

  • Assist with conducting research and experimentation in support of the core sciences within the customer (e.g. photogrammetry, remote sensing, mathematical and statistical).
  • Assist with designing and executing experiments to proof-of-concepts in both laboratory and operational environments.
  • Apply scientific domain knowledge to the development of innovative and original algorithms and techniques that are required for the success of Agency as the Functional Manager for GEOINT.
  • Assist with conducting research and development projects in which the scientific research aspect dominates. This may include working with contractor scientists and other domain experts.
  • Explain important and relevant scientific issues and trends to non-technical audiences (e.g., operational, leadership and management personnel). Provides this information both verbally and in writing. Take the initiative in identifying these issues and trends and prepares research proposals for management.
  • Assist with the forming of strategic technology investments and feasibility of research areas and projects.
  • Assist with evaluating, document and deliver reports concerning the fundamental physical processes associated with mission problems of interest; assist in the research into algorithms that address those problem areas; and participate in general image analysis to understand the link between physical processes and their SAR response.
  • Assist with demonstrating and documenting the ability to translate mission requirements into information terms and to support SAR imagery analysis.
  • Assist with demonstrating and documenting new algorithms
  • Assist with training users in new or modified software.
  • Assist with analyzing user needs and software requirements.
  • Assist with technical studies on geospatial intelligence and image processing systems.
  • Assist with modifying existing software to correct errors, or improve performance, and to document and maintain software functionality.
  • Explain important and relevant scientific issues and trends to non-technical audiences (e.g., operational, leadership and management personnel). Provides this information both verbally and in writing. Take the initiative in identifying these issues and trends and prepares research proposals for management.
  • Assist with demonstrating and documenting new algorithms based on reliable physical / phenomenological characteristics in SAR and participate in algorithm performance valuation.
  • Assist with analyzing new data, new scenes and data from new sensors, and provide expert analysis of SAR anomalies and general scene understanding. The results of these data analyses may be in the form of Technical Reports.
  • Assist with demonstrating defining, computing and delivering metrics to assess the quality of existing and future SAR image data, the performance of sensor calibration methods, SAR image formation process and post-processing. These may include airborne / space and future sensors; UHF/VHF, C-band, X and Ku Band ranges; and Polarimetric SAR (POLSAR) sensors. Examples may include TRACER, GOTCHA, VADER, LynxSAR, MB-SAR, TerraSAR-X, RadarSAT2 and CosmoSkyMed.
  • Assist with demonstrating evaluating image data, algorithms, and user interfaces; define and document SAR image analysis procedures to assist in solving mission problems.
  • Assist with demonstrating assessing and documenting the level and kinds of information that can be extracted from SAR data with the help of additional non-literal processing on complex and phase history, and identify information needs not readily met through visual analysis.
  • Assist with documenting and evaluating SAR data to provide feedback on artifacts present in the data and their impact on visual analysis, and guidance with respect to algorithm need.
  • Assist with defining and delivering procedures for the effective extraction of information of interest from SAR data. These procedures may include the application of processing algorithms as well as analysis steps.
  • Assist with defining ideas and concepts developed through SAR image and data analysis, and deliver and document training of new procedures and algorithms to support operational image analysis.

Qualifications:Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree within a core science area such as, but not limited to: Physics, Applied Physics, Photogrametry, Remote Sensing, Aerospace Engineering, Geophysics, Cartography, Computer Science, and Satellite Geodesy.
  • Computer programming skills in multiple languages.
  • Demonstrated specialized experience in the intelligence community focused on state of the art GEOINT research and developmental activities.
  • Demonstrated specialized experience in at least one of the following areas: Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), Image Intelligence (IMINT), Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and deep-space projects.

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