Advanced Imaging Research Scientist
Ypsilanti, MI 
Posted 16 days ago
Job Description
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Maxar Technologies is seeking an Advanced Imaging Research Scientist to join our talented Sensor Programs team in Ypsilanti, MI!

The Sensor Programs team develops specialized, innovative new sources of geospatial data, analytic methods, software and engineering services. Our work transforms how customers support global mapping and intelligence missions at scale, revealing unique information and insights. We contribute to integrated space solutions by harnessing and applying disruptive technologies.

Imaging Research and Development

We are at the forefront of pioneering novel imaging systems that include state-of-the-art hardware, algorithms, and processing, enabling new remote sensing concepts and systems. Our teams integrate highly talented individuals with backgrounds in engineering, physics and software development, who work together to build solutions for users in the defense and intelligence communities. We solve tough problems and are looking for like-minded research and developers to grow our team and address new challenges.

Our signal and image processing experts focus on science rather than efficiency and prototype their ideas in Python or MATLAB; once validated, we integrate their results into our operational software baseline, reusing existing components where possible.

Our hardware experts design, build, and deploy robust prototypes systems that prove novel concepts and imaging modalities. We develop these systems for their operational environments which include terrestrial, airborne, shipborne, and space. Once proven in field tests, we assist integration of the systems into production and operations.

Our team collaborates on development projects with staff at other company locations, including those in Northern Virginia, Longmont, Palo Alto, and Pasadena. We interact routinely with other companies who share our commitment to our customers and their missions.

We are well represented within our professional community and highly respected for our work. We stay at the edge of science and technology to offer the best ideas and applications.

Minimum Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI.

  • Master's degree in Optics, Electrical Engineering, or related field.

  • 8+ years' experience.

  • Expertise with coding tools Python or MATLAB.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Current TS/SCI clearance.

  • An understanding of image formation, including unconventional imaging systems.

  • Ability to work independently to develop algorithms and to validate prototyping code.

  • Familiarity with higher-level coding tools like C, C++, and/or GPU.

  • Ability to perform research and development of novel and advanced imaging systems: Examples include coherent and incoherent, active and passive, spectral, and polarimetric systems.

  • Ability to apply high-level capabilities in detection, estimation, and signal processing with applications to incoherent and coherent imaging.

  • Ability to assist in the development of unconventional-imaging system design.

  • Ability to develop wavefront-sensing, adaptive optics, image-restoration, and detection/tracking algorithms using modern detection and statistical-estimation theory.

  • Ability to perform hardware design for imaging sensors, which may include optical elements, detector arrays, electronics, actuators, cooling systems, etc.

  • Ability to develop and exercise computer algorithms to quantify performance of imaging systems as a function of key parameters and organize results in clear presentations.

  • Ability to contribute to proposals.

  • Participation in business development with the goal of becoming a technical lead on future contracts.


Maxar employees must follow all applicable Maxar policies and COVID-19 requirements as well as those of Maxar customers and third parties. Individual job requirements may vary, and Maxar reserves the right to modify its policies and requirements as it deems appropriate in accordance with applicable law.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
8+ years
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