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Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist I/II - ATAS - 1381

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
Smyrna, GA
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Title: Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist I/II - ATAS - 1381
JobID: 1381
Location: Smyrna, GA
Description: This job is for a full-time research faculty position in the Force Protection Systems Branch in the Aerospace & Acoustics Technologies Division (AATD) with the Aerospace, Transportation, and Advanced Systems Laboratory (ATASL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Responsibilities include testing and evaluation of unmanned aircraft systems and related technologies; development and systems integration of innovative solutions for Force Protection applications focused on autonomous and unmanned systems; acquisition and analysis of engineering data; systems engineering for complex system-of-systems architectures addressing technical and non-technical metrics; analyzing sensor performance, involving both active and passive sensing modalities, and the physical phenomenology that determines the signatures of targets and backgrounds; writing technical reports, user manuals, and software; and supporting other engineering-related work as needed.

The Force Protection Systems Branch (FPSB) focuses on the development, integration, testing and evaluation of tactical military systems for the protection of personnel and critical infrastructure worldwide.  Systems engineering expertise is applied to sensors, platforms, and integrated systems, with a focus on small unmanned systems and asymmetric warfare.  Program areas include small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), Counter UAS systems, persistent tactical ISR platforms and sensors, and battlefield acoustics.  Within the Aerospace and Acoustics Technology Division, FPSB focuses on opportunities for transition of emerging technologies to address urgent requirements.  Primary sponsors currently come from the US military acquisition community, focused on near-term requirements. 

GTRI offers a flexible work environment allowing each researcher to pursue his or her interests and strengths, integrated with the overall mission of the branch and the lab.  If you have aspirations for an advanced degree, this is encouraged.  Because GTRI is a research unit within Georgia Tech, your graduate school tuition can be paid for as you pursue a degree in pretty much any engineering, science or math field you desire from a world class research institution.  We highly encourage our research developers to pursue advanced technical degrees and professional development courses.


  • Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist I
  •  A Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related area.
  • Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist II
  • A Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related area and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related area


  • 3-7 years of relevant professional or graduate experience


  • Collection and analysis of engineering data to evaluate system performance
  • Make component-level decisions from high-level system requirements
  • Support design reviews and assessments of vendor and subcontractor engineering data
  • Ability to adapt core engineering concepts to a dynamic application and complex environment
  • Ability to learn complex engineering concepts
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas to non-technical audience
  • Write technical reports, user manuals, presentations, and requirements documents
  • Contribute to technical proposals and white papers
  • Have strong analytical and troubleshooting skills
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to work independently on projects
  • Travel to test ranges and various meeting locations as required

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with design, integration, and/or testing of at least one of the following sensor types: radar, electro-optical/infrared, acoustic, ESM/EA/EW, or similar
  • Experience with design, integration, and/or testing of unmanned systems
  • Experience with unmanned systems design and sensors
  • Experience with multi-attribute decision making and/or multi-objective design/optimization
  • Experience with software engineering and design
  • Experience with multimodal sensing and multi-sensor fusion techniques
  • Experience with autonomy, robotics or autonomous decision-making
  • Knowledge of military organizational structure and acquisition process
  • Familiarity with tactical military operations and understanding of military requirements
  • Matlab, Python, Excel, PowerPoint


  • Due to requirements of our Federal contracts, candidate must be US citizens capable of holding a DoD security clearance. Active clearances are a major plus.


  • Engineering
  • Aerospace / Aviation

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