Sensor Systems Chief Scientist

Job Description

FAST Labs is seeking a chief scientist to guide the initial development stages of future electro-optic and radio frequency systems, identify and select research approaches to evaluate and mature component technology, evaluate and assess the design and performance of proof-of-concept demonstrations and prototypes, and assess the feasibility of concepts of operations as well as the transition potential of technology, and assess overall relevance and value of developmental technologies.
Primary responsibilities are the review and evaluation of electronic warfare- and sensor- oriented national security mission needs to identify and understand both known and unknown performance gaps as well as the development of technology maturation and transition strategies to develop systems, which can close these gaps. Accomplishing these goals will involve a mix of: working with both internal and external experts to understand mission needs, identification of possible transition platforms and partners, evaluating alternative architectures, originating and developing operational systems concepts and conceptual designs, reviewing system performance and validation approaches, reviewing and refining systems- and subsystem-level requirements, assessing system and subsystem risk, recommending and overseeing corporate internal investments, and supporting the integration and demonstration of new systems.
New hires are expected to work with and coordinate the efforts of senior research staff members to perform these functions for developmental systems in the electronic warfare area. They will initially lead small work groups or program teams focused on airborne applications, and grow to leadership of large cross-domain and corporate wide efforts. Cross-domain efforts will include both multiple environments (airborne, surface, subsurface, etc.) as well as several different communities of interest (such as cyber, autonomy, etc.).
The work environment is fast-paced and presents many technical challenges as well as significant growth opportunities. Successful technical contributors will be comfortable working in multi-disciplinary teams, presenting ongoing work and concepts to peers and customers for critical review, and contributing to proposals for new projects. The work also requires a large degree of discretion, autonomy, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

1. Generation of long-term technology and system development strategies
2. Evaluate system concepts of operations and alternatives
3. Assess technology feasibility and risk
4. Coordinate in a cross-discipline manner with scientists, researchers, and engineers on electronic warfare, signals processing, system controls, and cyber applications

5. Assist in generation of hardware integration and demo validation plans. This may involve both on-site and in field deployments to assess performance of units under test.

6. Conduct customer presentations and informal interaction in support of programs

7. Prepare written reports and assessments

8. Help win new business by participating in (and eventually leading) new proposal efforts.
9. Engage in IRAD activities to further the state of the art in electronic systems and related subject matters .

Typical Education & Experience

Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 12 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education

MS in Engineering, Applied Math, Physics or Computer Science and 15+ years experience or PhD and 12+ years of relevant experience

Preferred Skills and Education

  • Understanding of radio-frequency and optical remote sensing phenomenology
  • Experience with sensor applications and techniques
  • Experience with fire control and electronic warfare applications
  • Experience with system test and evaluation
  • Experience with end-to-end development of new systems starting with initial analysis through hardware implementation
  • Strong math, physics and general engineering understanding. A good candidate should be able to adapt to problems involving differential equations, statistics, linear algebra, optical ray tracing, numerical methods, electrical circuits, software implementation and the like.
  • Ability to work with others in small interdisciplinary teams.
  • Understanding of military operational concepts and doctrine for multiple environments
  • Understanding of platform constraints

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