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Job #: R-00053126
Location: Long Beach, MS
Category: Physicist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking a Chief Scientist to support our growing under water electronics and acoustic processing programs with proven outstanding leadership and client skills to lead numerous projects within the Leidos Maritime Systems Division.  This work will be performed in our Long Beach, MS facility.

The chosen candidate will lead a diverse team of electrical/electronic engineers, mechanical engineers, software engineers, technicians, and assemblers. The Chief Scientist will provide the technical leadership to help direct the activities of Leidos and subcontractor personnel. The Chief Scientist will lead the technical team on Firm Fixed Price and Cost Plus contracts: provide input to budgets, schedules, and work plans, and work with the Program Manager to ensure that contractual deliverables are completed and accepted on time and within the allocated budget.

Primary Responsibilities

- Work to research, develop theories, and devise methods to apply laws of physics to sensors and systems.

- Lead the design and development of state-of-the-art advanced sensor systems and processing techniques.

-Provide technical direction to software, mechanical, electrical, and hardware engineers

-Provide SME expertise across Leidos

-Provide technical review of concepts, drawings, and data analysis

-Conduct research and analysis to inform hardware and algorithm designs for undersea systems.  This includes modeling/simulation, lab/at-sea testing, and analysis of post-test data.

-Write and review test plans, white papers, and report deliverables that are intended for dissemination to USG customers and internally

-Develop innovative R&D concepts that address current and emerging challenges in underwater sensing and advance the state of the art in key areas of strategic importance to Leidos

Basic Qualifications

- Experience in signal processing, acoustic sensor and array design, at-sea, and laboratory testing of acoustical systems

-Requires Masters with 15 – 20 years of prior relevant experience or Doctorate with 13 – 16 years of prior relevant experience.

- Past experience as a principle investigator for undersea sensing and/or communications programs

- BS in Physics or related Engineering (EE, ME, AE, etc.)

- Algorithm development for novel anti-submarine warfare (ASW) techniques

- Advanced understanding of Physics and mechanical systems

- Understanding of the design and development of analog electrical systems

- Ability to carefully design, conduct, and document scientific experiments

- Secret level security clearance or higher (TS preferred)

Preferred Qualifications

- Mathematical modelling of nonlinear systems

- Test Director experience for at-sea testing of scientific experiments

- Top Secret level security clearance preferred

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About Leidos

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 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021. For more information, visit

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