Lockheed Martin EO/IR Phenomenology Research Scientist in Palo Alto, California

Description: Lockheed Martin Space’s Advanced Technology Center is seeking exceptional candidates with a strong technical background, a passion for collaborating across a diverse, high-performing organization and a motivation to discover creative solutions to some of our nation’s highest priority problems- from space! The Analytics & Data Exploitation department works to solve the nation’s and Lockheed Martin’s toughest problems by understanding observables based on fundamental physics and using that understanding to develop innovative methods to process, analyze and exploit the data collected by our systems. Our team supports a wide variety of mission areas and customers, applying cutting edge disciplines such as 3D lidar sensing, machine learning/artificial intelligence and quantum computing. This position will provide support to the nation's next generation missile warning system, called Next Generation Overhead Persistent InfraRed (OPIR), by designing, developing and applying models and methods to generate infrared background scenes for use in system testing and evaluation, as well as provide insight into threat phenomenology.

Basic Qualifications:

• Demonstrated expertise in suitable scientific/engineering discipline related to remote sensing, electromagnetic observables, infrared phenomenology or modeling & simulation of physical systems.

• Strong technical writing, presentation and overall communication skills for reports, proposals, technical presentations, and interaction with customers, team members, suppliers, and academic/industry collaborators.

• Able to communicate complex ideas and explain relevant technology and concepts to an audience of both experts and non-experts.

• Able to work independently with minimal supervision in a geographically distributed team environment.

Desired Skills:

The successful candidate will have demonstrated proficiency or mastery of at least several of the desired skills, as well as the interest, motivation and ability to learn and grow in the other desired skill areas:

• Scientific, data, and information visualization; and data exploitation

• Electromagnetic observables phenomenology including experience with target signatures and multi and hyperspectral phenomenology

• In-depth understanding of radiometry

• Experience in remote sensing, atmospheric attenuation and propagation, scene modeling, technical intelligence concerns, background radiation including cloud physics and radiometry

• EOIR sensor system technical experience including performance modeling, system development, focal plane array physics, requirements generation, signal and processing

• Mathematical modeling of physical systems

• Mission architecture analysis

• Bachelor's degree in Physics, Mathematics, or Chemistry

• Master's degree in Physics, Mathematics or Chemistry



Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.

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