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Research Engineer/Scientist I - Remote Sensing

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Department: Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Research

Department: Michigan Tech Research Institute

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

MTRI ( is seeking a highly motivated, intellectually curious professional interested in conducting cutting-edge research in physics based statistical signal processing, machine learning, and remote sensing. Individuals will be developing an externally supported research portfolio while supporting multiple projects for government and commercial customers. This position requires collaboration with senior engineers and scientists to research, design, and evaluate algorithms for various signal- and image-processing applications involving a variety of sensing phenomena. A successful candidate will have a solid background in applied mathematics, statistics, and signal processing. An ideal candidate would have prior experience writing scientific software and applying such software tools to applications.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Participate as an integral team member on multi-disciplinary research relating to applying technical skills to solve governmental and societal needs.
2. Provide technical, analytical, and numerical support for ongoing research and development projects in mathematics, statistics, electrical engineering, and signal processing.
3. Derive, implement, and evaluate signal- and data-processing algorithms.
4. Contribute technical expertise to symposia, journal articles, and technical reports.
5. Prepare and deliver reports or presentations of research projects/analysis results to project sponsors as appropriate.
6. Contribute to the generation of proposals and external funding.
7. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Required Education (minimum requirements) Master’s degree or higher in Physics or Electrical Engineering.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• 10 years or more experience with the development and application of radar signal processing and imaging algorithms.
• Active U.S. Department of Defense security clearance (TS or above).
• Experience in scientific signal processing, algorithm development, and statistical analysis using advanced mathematical concepts.
• Experience implementing mathematical algorithms in prototype software, such as MATLAB, Python, Julia, or C++.
• Experience with the systematic evaluation of signal/data processing algorithms.
• Experience evaluating the performance of algorithms on simulated and/or measured datasets.
• Experience applying machine learning principles to data analysis.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience with the development and application of detection and classification algorithms.
• Experience with physics-based CAD modeling and simulation software.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Ability to maintain a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance, which requires United States citizenship. May not possess dual citizenship.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral/written, and presentation communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to participate in team projects.
• Ability to take direction but work without continuous oversight.
• Ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment with respect to significant matters related to job duties.
• Demonstrated commitment to a healthy work environment.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. 

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Highly motivated, self-starter.
• Ability to clearly communicate ideas at meetings and symposia.
• Knowledge and experience with the development and analysis of remote sensing systems.
• Knowledge in estimation and/or information theory.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, Based on Experience

Title of Position Supervisor

Senior Research Engineer/Scientist

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information

Supervision will be exercised over student interns on a project-by-project basis.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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