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Job #: R-00026387
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Signal Processing Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center currently has an opening for a Missile Phenomenologist in Southern California to develop, test and evaluate tracking algorithms for computer systems. This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience to support the design and development of new space sensing capabilities on a variety of programs. We are looking for candidates that have expertise in developing and testing tracking algorithms in infrared (or similar) data from space-based sensors in support of missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence, battlespace awareness and civil/environmental.

Primary Responsibilities

The Missile Phenomenologist will define, implement, evaluate and test algorithms for tracking ballistic and non-ballistic targets. This includes understanding existing and new approaches and working with the software development team to implement and demonstrate the performance against a wide range of conditions. Emphasis is in real-time tracking algorithms that leverage recent advancements for automated and autonomous operation. Knowledge of infrared phenomenology and detection algorithms is important to supplement the primary tasks related to tracking that targets. The ability to perform detailed covariance analysis is essential in support of detailed modeling and simulation efforts.

The successful candidate will interface with customers and understand their needs, communicating the requirements and timeline for their system plan. Being able to clearly communicate concepts using both written and oral methods is essential. Will work with a diverse team to ensure projects are completed effectively and efficiently.

Basic Qualifications

Requires BS degree and 12 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 10 plus years of prior relevant experience. May possess a Doctorate in technical domain. Experience tracking data from Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) systems or similar space-based sensors is required. Recent experience with innovative new processing techniques is also essential. Must have at least a Secret clearance with ability to obtain TS/SCI desired.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of military methods, tactics and systems is desired as they relate to operating and using space-based systems. Practical knowledge of C++, JAVA, MATLAB and other programming languages a plus. Direct experience with tracking algorithms employed at operational sites is also a plus.


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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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