Harris Corporation Lead, Image Scientist in Herndon, Virginia

Lead, Image Scientist 8/1/18EngineeringUSA - VA - Herndon




Job ID: SIS20180108-26319


Job Title: Lead Image Scientist

Job ID: SIS20180108-26319

Job Location: Herndon, VA

Job Description:

During its 120-year history, Harris has transformed communications and information technology. Harris is a proven leader in tactical communications, geospatial systems and services, air traffic management, environmental solutions, avionics and electronic warfare, and space and intelligence. From ocean to orbit and everywhere in between, we provide mission-critical solutions to connect, inform and protect the world.

On the Harris team, your job is to secure the world. We don't work here just for the advanced technology and equipment: we work here because we know what - and who - we're protecting! From families to the intelligence community, and from our climate to our men and women in uniform - we're making the world a safer place!

Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems has an opening for a Remote Sensing Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals supporting the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Defense areas. This individual will work in a fast-paced environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, and a collaborative team setting.

Essential Functions:

  • Act as a liaison to internal and external stakeholders

  • EO or RF Mission Data Processing, Analysis and Exploitation

  • Resident Space Object (RSO) Extraction and Association

  • RSO Astrometric and Photometric Analysis

  • Orbit Determination and Differential Correction Calculations

  • Satellite Conjunction Analysis and Risk Assessment

  • Threat Assessment, Defense and Engagement

  • End-to-End Modeling and Simulation

  • CONOPS Development for Improved System Performance

  • Prepare Technical Presentations and Reports


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 9+ year of relevant systems engineering experience, or equivalent

  • An active TS/SCI security clearance

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • 5+ years of direct experience with radar and/or electro-optical remote sensing systems used to detect and track space objects

  • 5+ years of experience within the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Defense community

  • Signal and image processing experience, including astrometric and photometric analysis (i.e. rotation assessment)

  • Remote Sensing experience, including image formation, pixel processing, point spread function (PSF) analysis, optical MTF, point source photometry, radiometry, sensor calibration, etc.

  • Object tracking, including techniques such as Kalman filtering, multi-hypothesis, particle filtering, etc

  • Machine learning experience, including Convolutional Neural Networks, Recurrent Neural Networks, Parameter optimization, etc

  • Experience with dynamics, celestial mechanics, statistical orbit determination, estimation theory, attitude dynamics and controls

  • Experience with programming and scripting languages such as Matlab/Python and related packages (AstroPy, OrbitalPy, poliastro, ephem, Pandas)

  • Experience with astrodynamics and orbital mechanics tools (e.g. STK, ODTK, Free Flyer, SGP4 and other propagator code libraries)

  • Experience with orbit analysis and prediction, transfer orbits, plane changes, and orbit maneuvers

  • Experience with orbit determination, conjunction assessment, and trajectory analysis (i.e. working with two-line element sets)

  • Experience with Differential Correction (DC) of satellite state vectors using observations from sensors in the Space Surveillance Network (SSN) and nontraditional data sources

  • Statistical data science experience, including working with data in varying formats and being able to ingest to tool sets, format conversions, Monte Carlo simulations, etc.

  • Experience with modeling and simulation of systems using sensor characteristics, astrodynamics and orbital mechanics to support design validation and mission benefit analysis

  • Experience with Space Defense Control operations and concepts

  • Experience with geosynchronous, highly elliptical, low, and medium earth orbit mission operations and analysis

Security Clearance:

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain one. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that Harris Corporation may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

Harris is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local law.

Candidates will support Environment, Health and Safety by fulfilling the Harris EHS Policy, complying with Harris EHS programs and applicable regulations, and striving for continual EHS improvement.

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LocationUSA - VA - Herndon