Modeling and Simulation Engineer - Open Rank-ACL-Onsite

Submit Resume ID: 499536
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Aeronautics, Electromagnetics, Image Processing, Modeling/Simulation, Radar, RF, IR, Sensors/Optics, ISR & Tactical Systems, Threat Systems


The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is the nonprofit, applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Founded in 1934 as the Engineering Experiment Station, GTRI has grown to more than 2,900 employees, supporting eight laboratories in over 20 locations around the country and performing more than $940 million of problem-solving research annually for government and industry. GTRI's renowned researchers combine science, engineering, economics, policy, and technical expertise to solve complex problems for the U.S. federal government, state, and industry.   

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Project/Unit Description

GTRI’s Signals and Systems Division in the Advanced Concepts Laboratory seeks qualified candidates for the position of Modeling and Simulation Engineer. This position involves the modeling and simulation of threat kill chains to evaluate the effects that new concepts and technologies have upon them.  Qualified candidates will have experience in the modeling and simulation of sensor performance.  This includes modeling and simulation of radars and other radio-frequency [RF] sensors, electro-optical and infrared [EOIR] sensors, communication systems,  and the processing chains responsible for interpreting the collected data.  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 or national defense through leading-edge research and analytical support, informed by a deep knowledge of the 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 and technologies.

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.

Job Purpose

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, 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 modeling. 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.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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
  • 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

Additional Responsibilities

  • Develop physics-based, digital processing models that evaluate performance of radar/RF or EOIR sensors and systems that implement new technologies and concepts of operation.
  • Design and conduct detailed trade studies to evaluate conceptual performance of RF or EOIR concepts performance in order to meet design requirements.
  • Provide RF or EOIR system expertise for evaluating mission level force-on-force simulations.
  • Interpret modeling and simulation data in order to provide feedback and conclusions to GTRI customers.
  • Formulate and lead internal research and development program that focus on the modeling and simulation of next generation radars and RF sensors.
  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams to generate creative and viable solutions for GTRI stakeholders.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited degree program relevant to this position will be considered. The candidate must have a graduation date of no later than May 2024
  • Bachelors Degree and 3-11 years of modeling and simulation for radar, RF or EOIR sensing systems. This also includes modeling and simulation experience in relevant disciplines such as electromagnetics, digital communications, antenna design, EOIR/RF propagation, optics design or similar.
  • 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.
  • Programming experience with MATLAB, Python, or C++ to numerically model concepts and simulations.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Security Clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Top Secret Clearance
  • MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related discipline.
  • Experience using force-on-force simulation tools (AFSIM, Benchmark, Suppressor, or similar tools).
  • Additional experience in related fields including aerospace systems, space systems, electronic warfare, current and future kill chains.
  • Program management experience.

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

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

  • 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineer, Physics, Optics, Mathematics, Computer Science or equivalent
  • 3 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineer, Physics, Optics, Mathematics, Computer Science or equivalent
  • 0 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineer, Physics, Optics, Mathematics, Computer Science or equivalent

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:

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