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Job Number: 953

Riverside Research is seeking a full-time Senior Imagery Scientist with a focus on an understanding of the atmospheric sciences as applied to supporting and improving remote sensing Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) techniques in the Charlottesville, VA area. This position will support the Army National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) GEOINT production efforts by tackling tough national security challenges using your sound physics-based knowledge and expertise.

You will also perform duties at the Applied Remote Sensing Off Post Laboratory (OPL) Test and Evaluation Group (TEG) in support of field exercises operating GEOINT ground truth signature collection equipment. You will perform quality control and analysis of the collected ground truth data.

All positions with Riverside Research require U.S. citizenship.

Job Duties

  • Processes and exploits GEOINT data from remote sensing data sources
  • Develops automated atmospheric modeling techniques to convert full-spectrum (VNIR-SWIR-MWIR-LWIR) radiance data to reflectance and emissivity in nadir and off-nadir geometries.
  • Provide link between production team and Test and Evaluation Group (TEG) to identify new mission applications for current or near-future sensor systems
  • Support TEG activities when required. This includes performing lab measurements, field measurements, test planning, sensor check-outs, and algorithm/sensor troubleshooting
  • Develops processes to model laboratory data to at-sensor altitude and conditions and perform initial mission viability testing using laboratory collected data. Testing may require converting raw data to radiance and to reflectance or emissivity as well as developing sensor-specific code to calibrate lab sensor data
  • Perform statistical measures of data and results
  • Lead NARS team training for the math and science of atmospheric models, spectral matching algorithms, and process observables
  • Identify process flows that can be automated or improved; document and implement process improvement code, typically Python, IDL, Matlab, C++ and C
  • Modify and maintain legacy production software code
  • Identify new or enhanced matching algorithms and processes. Test on previously collected data and provide test results to government customer
  • Applies imagery science and remote sensing production and development solutions to meet timely intelligence requirements
  • Quality controls and analyses collected GEOINT ground truth signature data
  • Develops creative new tactics, techniques, and procedures to solve national security challenges that face our Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) warfighter customers.
  • Submits verified signatures to a national signature database
  • Prepares and delivers technical GEOINT papers and presentations for community sponsored GEOINT symposiums, meetings, working groups, and collection exercises
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Top Secret clearance with SCI adjudication
  • Upon accepting the position, willingness to take a counterintelligence (CI) polygraph
  • Education: Master of Science degree in any of the following fields of study; remote sensing, chemistry, physics, geology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental science, geography, and agricultural sciences.
  • Strong language coding skills in Python
  • Years’ Experience: 10+ years
  • Experience working in or with the Intelligence Community (IC): minimum of 4 years
  • Comprehensive understanding of the phenomenology associated with the atmospheric sciences
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work and collaborate in a dynamic team environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD in related scientific field of study
  • Language coding skills in other languages (besides the above required Python) such as IDL, Matlab, C++, or C




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