Spectral Scientist

Posted Date 1 month ago(4/27/2023 2:54 PM)
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NV5 is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology. With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.


As engineers, architects, construction/program managers, environmental professionals and beyond, we play a significant role in shaping our communities through the services we provide. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals to join our team focused on Delivering Solutions and Improving Lives.


NV5 Geospatial is seeking highly qualified and motivated Spectral Scientist to support an exciting, classified Government program in the Washington, DC area.  This position will perform analysis and interpretation of spectral mission data and conduct performance assessment with a focus on developing, implementing, and applying mission algorithms.  This position will join an experienced team of L3Harris Geospatial software engineers and geospatial image scientists who provide innovative solutions to enhance our nation’s security. 


  • Lead data analysis to characterize sensor functionality and performance.
  • Conduct data exploitation of geospatial data to solve characterization problems; including but not limited to data processing, data analysis, tool development, analytic support, report writing, and presentations.
  • Characterize the performance of remote sensing systems and relate sensor characteristics to the performance of automated and manual detection, classification, and characterization of targets.
  • Perform data analysis using temporal, spatial, and/or spectral processing of EO/IR data.
  • Perform analysis and interpretation of hyperspectral mission data.
  • Design, build, and implement complex algorithms to support missions, payloads, and instruments.
  • Communicate mission level analysis results to internal and external customers.
  • Work closely with program team and stakeholders to develop and demonstrate new capabilities to decision makers.
  • Prepare and give presentations to peers, management, and customers.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Perform other duties as necessary. 
  • Engage with customer(s) and demonstrate relationship-focused, process-driven results.


  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 6 or more years related experience
  • Higher-level degrees a plus, i.e. Master’s degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience.
  • Expertise writing code for data analysis with either MATLAB, ENVI/IDL, R, Python, or other similar software applications
  • Effective presentation skills with experience presenting technical results to senior customers and technical reviewers
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a geographically diverse team
  • A current, active TS/SCI security clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spectral phenomenology experience and understanding. Familiar with ENVI/IDL and FSTK
  • Experience in mission system, spacecraft systems, ground systems or payloads
  • Experience with EO/IR/Radar analysis, GIS, data analysis, signal processing, and algorithm development
  • Experience in spectral analysis and image processing
  • Ability to rapidly prototype new algorithm results and visualization
  • Client-facing presentation and problem-solving skills, adaptable to both technical and business audiences

Please note that some of our positions may require the ability to obtain security clearances that may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.



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