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Position Title: Mid-Level Systems Engineer (ACADIA) 


Job Number: 19-043

Location: Springfield, VA


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


Job Description: In support of NGA Integration Test & Image Quality Office (TAC) on the ACADIA program, the Mid-Level Systems Engineer will be tasked with supporting initialization, system tests, and verification activities in the NGA Image Quality Assurance Office (NIQU). The NIQU mission spans many data providers and sensor phenomenologies including electrical-optical, radar, LIDAR, OPIR, motion, and multi- and hyper-spectral. The qualified candidate will have system engineering skills, with specific experience in test, verification and validation against requirements/specification to meet planned concept of operations. Based on the priority of the customer, the Systems Engineer’s responsibilities would include, but not be limited to:

Duties include:​

  • Develop/assess product quality requirements and specifications

  • Define product format requirements for new products to meet integration and interoperability requirements of National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG)

  • Apply image science knowledge/experience to develop test plans and procedures to assess data quality and accuracy

  • Identify data needs to adequately perform product assessments to meet test objectives

  • Test software functionality and quality; work with government and commercial vendors to resole discrepancies that may arise

  • Apply image science knowledge/experience to quantify visual quality of imagery products and work with developers to troubleshoot causes of errors

  • Develop engineering-quality verification tools

  • Quantify success criteria for readiness review transitions

  • Communicate customer mission and results  


  • 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 System Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Software Engineering or in a related Engineering

    • 5-10 years of system engineering experience

  • Experience in multiple remote sensing phenomenologies (for example EO/IR/SAR)

  • Knowledge of NSG tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TCPED) image chain

  • Experience with sensor imaging systems, products, and exploitation processes

  • Strong understanding of the systems engineering lifecycle to include independent testing and data verification, requirements, and development of concept of operations

  • 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

  • Experience working in a DoD or IC operational environment


  • Experience in image science field working with the fundamentals of image processing, image formation, optics, and digital signal processing

  • Understanding and application of image quality standards (i.e. National Imagery Interpretability Ratings Scale (NIIRS), and other scales, metrics and image quality equations.

  • Image product modeling and simulation

  • Experience with image processing and display software (Socet, RemoteView, ENVI, etc.)

  • Engineering code development (Python, Matlab, IDL)

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