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Position Title: Mid-Level Image Scientist (ACADIA) 


Job Number: 19-041

Location: Springfield, VA


Mandatory:  Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD TS/SCI clearance 


Job Description: Considered an emerging authority, the Mid-Level Image Scientist applies extensive technical expertise and wide application of technical principles, theories, and concepts providing an opportunity in support of NGA Integration Test & Image Quality Office (TAC) on the Acadia program. Join a skilled, highly respected and long-standing team supporting product quality mission for NGA. Working under only general direction, this Mid-Level Image Scientist should provide technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems to independently determine and develop approach to solutions.


This is a unique opportunity to enhance your career by working with the community subject matter experts, directly with the customer and with project autonomy not customarily given as a government contractor. Tasks that may be assigned to this position may include, but not limited to: 

Duties include:​

  • Support product evaluations, quality studies, new product initializations, product algorithm assessments, or develop image quality equations to quantify the expected quality of a system given various parameters

  • Sensor modeling; decomposing product formation elements to quantify the overall quality of the image chain

  • Algorithm assessment to quantify the performance of a product given desire mission application

  • Performing baseline assessment of system performance to support sensor initialization

  • Operational monitoring of system performance over time

  • Responding to detected errors and artifacts by recommending possible causes and corrective actions

  • Understanding and practical application of modeling components of the image path to include sensor, detector, atmospheric, and material properties

  • Simulation and modeling experience and ability to develop algorithm description documentation for software development is needed

  • Familiarity with current GEOINT systems, products and development, as well as the exploitation software packages will be necessary to develop test and verification methodologies


  • 0-3 years’ experience with PhD, 3-6 years’ experience with MS/MA, or 5-8 years’ experience with BS/BA

    • Degree should be in Image Science, Electrical Engineering, or Physics

  • Experience working with SAR or OPIR imaging platforms

  • Image processing and Digital Signal processing experience

  • Image chain analysis to include sensor modeling, signal quality and noise, optics, detector calibration, and image processing of pixel data

  • Application of error estimation

  • Understanding and application of image quality standards (i.e. NIIRS), scales, metrics and image quality equations

  • Significant applied knowledge of sensor imaging systems, products, and exploitation processes

  • Strong understanding of the systems engineering lifecycle to include independent testing and data verification

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with emphasis on briefing to obtain decisions and solve technical issues and test plans/reports writing

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Willingness to learn, solve problems and perform in a dynamic work environment

  • Track record of delivering results


  • Knowledge of National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TCPED) image chain, specifically the inclusion of radiometric support weather data and material properties (NEFDS)

  • Experience working in a DoD or IC operational environment

  • Experience developing engineering code (C, Pyton, Matlab, IDL) to solve hard problems and create processes for repeatable results

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