Performance Optimization Branch Head -- EOSL

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

The Performance Optimization Branch (PERF) specializes in digital modeling, simulation, analysis, performance optimization, and machine learning tasks to support electronic warfare research and development for the Department of Defense (DoD). This job is a leadership position tasked with oversight over PERF programs and researchers. The Electronic Warfare Modeling and Analysis Division (EWMAD) of the Electro-Optical Systems Lab (EOSL) performs modeling, simulation, and analysis in support of Electronic Warfare (EW), Electro-Optical (EO) Counter Measures, Physics and Missile Warning Systems, including aircraft self-protection, EO/Infrared (IR) and Radio Frequency (RF) countermeasures, scene generation, laser warning, scattering, propagation and turbulence, and EO/IR and RF signature modeling.

Job Duties:

  • Oversee and manage branch budgets, resources, and compliance with institute policies and procedures
  • Oversee and manage sponsored research in the branch to ensure execution of successful research programs based on sponsor requirements
  • Support branch operations and coordinate across branches within the division and other GTRI laboratories
  • Establish, maintain, and evolve the strategic vision and execution plan for the branch to enhance sponsored project portfolios and technical capabilities
  • Train and mentor branch members including research faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students, to develop expertise in EW and EO applications including facilitating publication of novel research activities, professional development and training opportunities
  • Direct and conduct business development activities to include: sponsor engagement, showcasing branch capabilities to internal and external organizations, support sponsor tours, visits and technical meetings
  • Oversee, author, and contribute to proposals and white papers for sustained branch growth
  • Conduct administrative actions including the recruitment, hiring and termination of branch personnel, execution of performance appraisals, development and execution of performance improvement plans and review and approval of employee time sheets
  • Represent the division and laboratory as a subject matter expert at consortium's, symposiums, and expositions
  • Ensure that all technical work is performed and documented to organizational and Department of Defense (DoD) standards based on project requirements.
  • Provide individual technical contributions on Performance Optimization Branch projects and other efforts in the areas of EW applications, including aircraft self-protection, missile warning, hostile fire indication, laser warning, countermeasures, scene generation, atmospheric phenomena, and EO/IR signature modeling.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Principal Research Engineer/Scientist

  • A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or a related discipline and eleven (11) years of relevant full-time experience, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or a related discipline and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience in program development and leadership of sponsored research projects
  • Experience collaborating, organizing, teaming, and communicating with a diverse team of government sponsors, researchers, and other stakeholders to facilitate project performance
  • Experience leading small to mid-sized teams of research engineers and technical staff
  • Technical experience with Machine Learning (ML)/Artificial Intelligence (AI) and missile warning systems/algorithms

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with specific modeling and simulation (M&S) frameworks, software verification and validation, robust performance evaluation, digital simulation, and processor-in-the-loop simulation using hardware-acceleration techniques on dedicated high-performance computing clusters
  • Expertise with genetic algorithms and programming
  • Experience with EW Countermeasures and Warning System stakeholders inside of DoD, including Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (Electronic Warfare and Avionics Division (AFLMC/WNY), Army Project Management Office for Aircraft Survivability Equipment (PMO ASE), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds 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.


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