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Sonar Algorithm Researcher Engineer 

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 Algorithm Research Engineer to design sonar data processing algorithms and evaluate their ability to improve object recognition and support underwater robotic autonomous functionality. The Research Engineer will also determine processing requirements and direct software development efforts in support of advanced research projects, to include supervision of junior personnel. The Research Engineer will also be responsible for documentation in the form of technical reports, presenting findings to management, principal investigators and customers.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Algorithm development for sonar detection and tracking algorithms (beamforming, spectral estimation, detection processing)
  • Developing and implementing algorithms using at-sea collected data and iterate to improve performance
  • Participating in at-sea data collections including experiment design and analysis of collected data
  • Participating in preparation of proposals, plans and schedules.
Position Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain a Security Clearance
  • PhD or MS degree with research experience in underwater acoustics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics or related field
  • Strong scientific programming skills in MATLAB, Python, and/or C/C++
  • Interest and aptitude for working on large, complex technical projects and teams
  • Ability to interact with technical and non-technical customers and external teammates to understand their technical issues, frame potential solutions and develop collaborative projects
  • Scientific curiosity and creativity
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following topic areas:
    • Signal processing
    • Tracking
    • Estimation
    • Control
    • Marine robotics
    • Cooperative navigation


Desired Qualifications:

  • Active Security Clearance at the Secret or Top Secret (TS) level
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.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the employment process, email us at and provide your name, phone number and email address.

US Citizenship is required for all positions.

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