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Engineer Principal - SSA Algorithm Development

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Jun 12, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  8327

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.


We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Engineering Strategic Support Unit comprises the organizational talent and technical leadership that enables the successful delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our customers’ missions. Our collaborative, cross-functional teams are committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong execution.


Engineer Principal – SSA Algorithm Development


What You’ll Do:


  • Design and develop algorithmic models to predict performance of real-time systems.  Sample algorithms include image processing, clutter suppression, detection, estimation, open and closed loop tracking, uncorrelated track determination, Target Object Mapping, Initial Orbit Determination (IOD) and/or Orbit Determination (OD).
  • Develop embedded, real-time image/track processing algorithms using temporal, spatial, and/or spectral processing of EO/IR data.
  • Support the architecture, design, and development of algorithms, software and hardware systems for a variety of applications including mission data processing systems for Remote Sensing, and/or Space Situational Awareness / Rendezvous and Proximity Operations.
  • Develop and communicate mission level understanding.
  • Perform system engineering and modeling & simulation for Remote Sensing / SSA missions.
  • Provide technical direction to junior engineers through the development lifecycle.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company.  Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


What You’ll Need:


  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 or more years related experience.
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
  • MS or PhD degree is preferred.
  • Strong mission data processing experience in OPIR and/or Space Situational Awareness (SSA) / Space Control.
  • Expertise in processing Remote Sensing or SSA raw data through actionable products.
  • Strong algorithm development expertise in Track Processing and/or Image Processing.
  • Understanding and/or experience with embedded systems.
  • Understanding and/or experience with phenomenology.
  • Significant experience with Matlab, Python, or C++ preferred.
  • Experience with GPU, FPGA, and/or cluster processing implementations preferred.
  • Background in Initial Orbit Determination and/or Orbit Determination preferred.
  • Work in Deep Learning / Artificial Intelligence preferred.
  • Ability to operate at the system level and interface to all engineering disciplines.
  • Ability to self-start, good interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Strong written communication skills, oral presentation skills and an ability to lead group discussions.
  • Prior experience working in and with controlled, classified security environments preferred.


Working Conditions:


  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment.
  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.
  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required. 


A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access.  By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $142,000 - $179,000 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste into your browser or visit our careers site.




Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.



Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver

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