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    Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

    Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

    About the Position:
    This position is with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Geospatial Research Laboratory (GRL), located in Alexandria, VA.

    About the Organization:
    The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. Provide high quality, responsive engineering and environmental research and development support to the Army and Nation. As part of the US Army Corps of Engineers team, ERDC develops innovative sectioned and technology solutions to support warfighting, infrastructure, environmental, water resources, and disaster operations. It consists of seven laboratories at four geographical sites in Vicksburg, MS; Champaign, IL; Hanover, NH; and Alexandria, VA. ERDC employs more than 2000 engineer, scientist, and support personnel. http://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/.

    Alexandria is part of a growing Washington metro area that has more than 3 million people. The city offers colonial charm, a pleasant environment, good schools, plenty of parks and easy access to the nation's capital. http://www.alexchamber.com/

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    As a Research Physical Scientist you will apply expertise to develop new concepts, methods, and technologies, formulate plans, and conduct research and experimentation to include the following duties:

    • Prototype and develop novel software tools (in Python and/or MATLAB) to perform signal and image processing on various photon-counting LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) datasets. Processing will include registration, denoising, radiometric intensity estimations, and calibration routines.
    • Planning and executing field experiments to demonstrate and measure the performance and capabilities of emerging photon-counting LIDAR sensors.
    • Apply knowledge and a thorough understanding of how the Department of Defense and civil/commercial organizations use imagery data and be able to communicate how photon-counting LIDAR systems can apply to a variety of defense and civil tasks.
    • Frequently brief both technical and non-technical audiences on performance and capabilities of photon-counting LIDAR sensors and the results of field experiments.
    • Identify technological gaps which need to be bridged between concepts and practical materials, hardware and processes and the methods for closing such gaps.
    • Accomplishment of the work requires originality and independent judgment to make responsible decisions in solving complex technical problems for which guidelines are lacking.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Business Travel is 10% or less

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

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    US Citizens

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