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Optimization Researcher 

Category Engineering  

The Sensors Division focuses on technology development for advanced sensor systems, particularly in the areas of airborne/surface-based radar, electronic warfare, underwater acoustics, hyperspectral imaging and EO/IR sensing. Within this role, we perform work at full system prototypes, experiment campaigns and technology component development. Particular development roles within the Sensors Division include RF analog/digital hardware, acoustic hardware, signal processing algorithms, machine learning algorithms, tracking/fusion, as well as real-time embedded processor implementation.

STR is hiring an Optimization Researcher to model performance of radio frequency (RF) systems including radar and communication systems, and to develop optimization algorithms for scheduling data collections. In this position, you will also conduct analyses of sensor data from real-world operations. Knowledge of antenna system and RF signal processing chains as well as optimization techniques are a plus but not required. Tasks will include modeling, simulation, statistical analysis, data analysis, design of experiments, algorithm development, technology assessments, and field testing. You may also design, prototype and field test the prototype systems.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Modeling of RF systems, including radar and communications systems
  • Develop optimization algorithms for scheduling
  • Conduct analysis of sensor data
  • Design and field test prototypes
  • Interact with military customers and users
  • Transition algorithms to real-time systems or prototype demonstrators
  • Travel to customer meetings and/or data collections and experiments
Position Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a Security Clearance
  • Ph.D, M.S. or M.A. in Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Physics or related scientific field, or equivalent experience in quantitative modeling and analysis.
  • The applicant should be experienced in defining and developing applied mathematical models and simulations related to real-world problems.
  • The applicant must also be able to independently develop an analysis approach and interpret and present results to a broad audience. Strong communications skills and ability to work both independently and in a multi-disciplinary team environment are necessary.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Active Security Clearance at the Secret or Top Secret (TS) level
  • Experience in analyzing sensor systems, sensors, system architectures, developing algorithms, optimization, machine learning, or data fusion techniques
About the Organization Systems & Technology Research (STR) is a rapidly growing technology company with locations north of Boston, MA, Arlington, VA and near Dayton, OH. We specialize in advanced research and development for defense, intelligence, and national security, trying to understand how to protect our society: from stopping malicious botnet attacks, to understanding cyber vulnerabilities, providing next generation sensors, radar, sonar, communications, and electronic warfare to developing artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics to make sense of the complexity that is exploding around us.

STR is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that supports deep technical understanding and recognizes the contributions and achievements of all team members. Our work is challenging, but you go home at night knowing that you pushed the forefront of technology and made the world a little safer. We recognize that the world is changing, that it is becoming more connected than ever before, making things change faster than before, and reshaping society in the process. We all want to understand this changing world and leave it better for our work.

We're not just any company. Our people, culture, and attitude along with their unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives put us on a trajectory to change the world. We can't do it alone, though - we need fellow trailblazers. If you are one, join our team and help to keep our society safe!

EOE Statement STR is fully dedicated to hiring the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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US Citizenship is required for all positions.

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