Astronomical research facilities

Senior Photogrammetrist
Location MO - St. Louis
Req # 3002
Minimum Clearance Required CI Poly
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Thank you for your interest in joining the Centauri team. Together, we can leverage the next generation of advanced technologies to deliver industry-leading capabilities across land, air, sea, space, and cyberspace. Our goal is to deliver innovative solutions using an agile, mission-first approach to address the most difficult technical challenges facing our customers. The only way that we can tackle these challenges is by recruiting the brightest minds in the industry to join our team.

Centauri is seeking a Sr. Photogrammetrist Expert to focus on but not limited to 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, precision and mutation, and development in new areas through innovative ideas and experimentation. This position will apply expertise from core sciences that support NGA’s mission to meet its requirements and provide the best solution to the broader NSG.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Assist with conducting research and experimentation in support of the core sciences within NGA (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; training users in new or modified software; analyzing user needs and software requirements; technical studies on geospatial intelligence and image processing systems; 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; 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.

Position Requirements:

  • 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.

Desired Requirements:

  • Demonstrated specialized experience in researching and developing geospatial solutions for photogrammetry and
    remote sensing.
  • Demonstrated specialized experience with NTM, commercial and airborne sources and exploitation capabilities.
  • Demonstrated specialized experience working with various Intelligence Community and demonstrated specialized
    experience in the intelligence and defense communities working on state of the art research activities.
  • Advanced Degree(s) in a technical or scientific field.
  • Published author in peer review journal(s).
  • Demonstrated understanding of software engineering tools to write well designed, testable, efficient code.
  • Demonstrated specialized experience developing and modifying software solutions by studying information needs,
    conferring with users, studying system flows and work processes.
  • Demonstrated specialized experience working with other systems analysts and programmers to design system.
  • Demonstrated specialized Experience with, and knowledge of Microsoft Developer Studio, modular software, and
    object-oriented design.
  • Demonstrated understanding of.NET development (VB, .NET, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript)
  • Demonstrated understanding of Relational Databases, SQL, and ORM technologies)
  • Demonstrated specialized experience with the geosciences (Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Geodesy, GIS) and GIS
    software; i.e. ArcGIS, MapInfo.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cloud computing platforms; i.e. AWS, and XML schema design.
  • Demonstrated specialized Experience working in an Agile environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of NGA’s IT environment, i.e. Globe, DevOps, App Store, and C2S

Security Requirements:  Active TS/SCI with CI Poly

Centauri is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by law.

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