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Radar and SAR Exploitation


Looking for a highly motivated, technically talented and intellectually agile individual able to support a broad range of Radar programs and initiatives across the company. The Radar and SAR Exploitation Scientist will conduct research and development activities focused on passive and active Radio Frequency (RF) sensor technology exploitation that address the challenging mission requirements and emerging needs of our IC and DoD customers, both for existing systems and systems under development. Activities cover algorithm development and concept design for ground-based, shipboard, airborne, and space-based RF systems. Technical challenges cover a broad range of disciplines including novel waveforms that enable multiple missions, simulation and performance modeling, and optimal processing approaches. The successful candidate will be a key player in developing radar solutions critical to national security.

Primary responsibilities:

Researches, designs, develops and verifies RF signal and image collection systems, and defines and develops processing and dissemination computer algorithms. Develops requirements analysis, system architecture, and integrates new signal and image capture and processing technology systems. Designs, develops and analyzes systems for the extraction of information from sensors. Systems utilization includes implementation of signal and image processing with advanced computer architectures.

The Radar Exploitation Scientist will support Areté Research & Development efforts in Advanced RF Sensing through:

Developing novel solutions, significant enhancements and efficient implementations of signal processing algorithms for challenging mission applications, with initial focus on SAR systems

Researching, designing, and implementing advanced signal processing and RF system concepts that yield new capabilities addressing urgent customer needs

Implementing prototype solutions in software, utilizing the latest data exploitation techniques (including machine learning techniques)

Developing simulations and performance models that enable trade studies for radar systems

Technically supporting radar initiatives in multiple Business Areas across the company

Interfacing with and briefing technical solutions to customers and large peer groups

Travelling as necessary to support customer requirements

Required Qualifications & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree or higher in Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science/Engineering or related technical discipline, with no less than 2 years relevant radar experience.

5-9+ years of experience in industry with BS/BA - 3-7+ years of experience in industry with MS/MA - 0-4+ years of experience in industry with PhD

Demonstrated analytical, applied mathematics and problem-solving skills.

Radar systems development experience including: signal and image processing, detection/estimation theory, algorithm development, software development, data analysis and/or modeling and simulation.

Programming proficiency sufficient to generate prototype solutions (e.g. IDL, C/C++, MATLAB or Python)

Excellent technical writing and oral communications skills

Must be a U.S. Citizen with eligibility for Top Secret/SCI clearance

Preferred Qualifications & Experience:

Experience with SAR image formation, algorithms and exploitation concepts

Experience developing novel waveforms and associated signal processing algorithms

Experience with automatic target recognition technologies

Experience with modern machine learning techniques applied to sensor data exploitation

Familiarity with embedded processing (e.g. FPGA or CPU/GPU implementations)

Familiarity with formal software development processes and cloud computing paradigms

Experience supporting business capture activities

Active Top Secret/SCI clearance


Areté offers an excellent compensation and a full benefits package. U.S. citizenship, background screen and drug test are required to meet position eligibility. Please submit your resume on-line at:

Areté Associates is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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Areté will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.