Senior Scientist / Engineer

Applied Research Associates, Inc. Raleigh , NC 27611

Posted 3 months ago

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is actively seeking a highly qualified Senior Scientist / Engineer for the development of advanced algorithms for the intelligence and defense communities. Application areas include geolocation, navigation, image analysis, machine learning, and point cloud analysis. The scientist / engineer will join a multi-disciplined collaborative team of engineers and scientists. This position is located in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Directorate of the ARA Southeast Division in Raleigh, NC.


The ideal candidate will have an active interest in applying math/statistics/physics/engineering concepts to solve multi-disciplinary problems. The candidate should be familiar with improving/optimizing/tuning existing algorithms as well as development of new algorithms from scratch. This will include software design, software development, and debugging / issue resolution. The candidate should demonstrate a hands-on approach to problem solving and must be willing to actively participate in evaluation of algorithm and system performance. Other responsibilities include assisting in preparation of oral and written reports, supporting R&D business acquisition and customer briefings, present results of research at scientific / engineering conferences and publish in technical journals.

Scientists / engineers who are passionate about applying their expertise to solve problems of national importance, who have a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and who are seeking opportunities for personal and professional growth in a stable environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Senior Scientist / Engineer

  • PhD in Mathematics / Physics / Engineering / Computer Science along with 3-5 years' experience.

  • Strong foundation in software development.

  • Firm understanding of 3D geometry and geospatial concepts.

  • Hands-on approach to problem solving.

  • Team player with excellent presentation and written / oral communication skills.

  • US Citizenship (Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information).

Additional Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in prototyping and implementing algorithms in MATLAB and/or Python.

  • Experience in implementing computationally-intensive algorithms.

  • Background in image analysis and signal processing.

  • Background in statistics.

  • Background in analysis of point clouds from LiDAR and other sources.

  • Background in machine learning.

  • Background in cloud-based computing.

  • Experience working on intelligence and DoD programs.

  • Experience in parallel and distributed computing.

  • Prior / existing security clearance.

Company Information:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,100 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company's success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). ARA offers competitive salaries (DOE) and a generous benefits package. The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at

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