The Signals and Systems Division of the Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL) is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Modeling & Simulation Engineer with an emphasis in electro-optical/infrared (EOIR) sensing and kill chains within the Systems Modeling and Simulation Branch. The Signals and Systems Division engages in research related to high-impact, technical analysis for U.S. Government projects. The division's mission is to shape the development of next-generation technical capabilities and strengthen our national defense through leading-edge research and analytic support, informed by a deep knowledge of operational capabilities, current intelligence, and the related information environment. The Systems Modeling and Simulation Branch provides first-principle subject matter expertise needed for modeling and simulation of next-generation concepts.
The Advanced Concepts Laboratory develops tailored solutions for a broad range of national security challenges through disciplined application of physics- and effects-based modeling to realizable systems, augmented with prototype development and testing. ACL’s research thrusts extend across domains, and include bio-, chemical-, RF-, and optical-sensor physics; materials science and engineering; electromagnetic theory, computation, structures, and measurements; electronic warfare techniques and applications; operational scenario modeling and simulation; traditional and asymmetric threat analysis; and ground maneuver warfare.
The Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Engineer works closely with research, development, and testing teams to combine simulation modeling with data analytics in order to provide recommendations to optimize system designs in support of current and future research, development, and testing efforts. Specifically, the M&S Engineer is responsible for constructing computer simulation models, verifying and validating simulation models, performing simulation experiments to predict system behaviors, providing solutions to project stakeholders, and improving systems and processes. The M&S Engineer is familiar with important M&S concepts and techniques, constantly keeps abreast of new tool and language developments, and is familiar with a wide range of both open source and proprietary modeling and simulation tools, frameworks, and environments. These can include tools such as AFSIM, AnyLogic, Arena, ExtendSim, OpenFoam, OpenModelica, NetLogo, etc. In addition to tools, an M&S Engineer should be aware of many of the core M&S techniques – such as discrete event simulation, continuous simulation, agent based modeling, distributed simulation, and conceptual modelling. At higher levels, the M&S Engineer/Specialist guides and conducts modeling, simulation, and analysis activities which includes eliciting requirements from stakeholders to support the design and implementation of M&S frameworks, computer simulation models, and simulation experiments. Furthermore, the M&S Engineer is responsible for ensuring that models and simulations are designed according to M&S best practices and standards as well as for flexibility to support future modeling needs and enhancements.
- Direct sponsor engagement and facilitate product or system requirements gathering and analysis.
- Develop critical M&S inputs, including framework definition, requirements analysis, synthesis, systems analysis and implementation.
- Conduct product or system design analysis translating requirements into valid models and experimental designs for systems of moderate complexity. Define/refine internal and external interfaces.
- Develop technical reports and diagrams detailing product or system attributes. -Analyze product or system functionality as defined by requirements.
- Implement approaches that foster reusability of existing M&S expressions
- Provide subject matter expertise regarding EOIR kill chain and sensing performance for modeling and simulation activities.
- Design and conduct detailed trade studies to evaluate conceptual performance of EOIR concepts and systems in order to meet design requirements.
- Develop physics-based models required to evaluate performance of EOIR sensors, systems and threats.
- Execute mission level models to simulate EOIR concept performance.
- Work with multi-disciplinary teams to generate creative and viable system solutions for GTRI stakeholders.
Required Minimum Qualifications
- BS, MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Optical Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related discipline.
- Experience in a technical discipline related to EOIR modeling and simulation, which includes optical physics, optical engineering, heat transfer or similar.
- Strong background in modeling and simulation.
- Programming experience with MATLAB, Python, or C++ to numerically model concepts and simulations.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to convey highly technical material in a clear, concise manner to both technical and non-technical audiences.
- Able to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Security Clearance.
- Active TS/SCI Clearance
- MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Optical Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related discipline.
- Previous experience modeling EOIR sensors or kill chains.
- Experience with modeling and simulation in related fields including aircraft, space systems, electronic warfare/countermeasures.
- Experience using force-on-force simulation tools (AFSIM, Benchmark, Suppressor, or similar tools)
Education and Length of Experience
This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook
- 2 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Optical Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related discipline.
- 0 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Optical Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related discipline.-
U.S. Citizenship Requirements
Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.
Clearance Type Required
Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.
Benefits at GTRI
Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link: https://hr.gatech.edu/benefits
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.