Phantom Works Experienced EO Payload Analyst and Algorithms/Processing/Controls Engineer - Military Veterans

at The Boeing Company

El Segundo, California

Job Description

At Boeing, we innovate and collaborate to make the world a better place. From the seabed to outer space, you can contribute to work that matters with a company where diversity, equity and inclusion are shared values. We’re committed to fostering an environment for every teammate that’s welcoming, respectful and inclusive, with great opportunity for professional growth. Find your future with us.

Boeing Phantom Works creates the next generation products and services for the Boeing Defense, Space & Security business and is currently looking for an Experienced EO (Electro-Optical) Payload Analyst and Algorithms/Processing/Controls Engineer to join their team in El Segundo, CA. 

We work with proprietary customers in the development of the next-generation technologies in space.  Phantom Works focuses on rapid prototyping to demonstrate a host of mission-focused technologies for a variety of customers.  Our group works all facets of engineering from technology investment, concept development, proposal writing, requirements and design, build, integration, test, and demonstration of products in their relevant environments.

We are seeking an Experienced EO Payloads and Algorithms/Processing/Controls Engineer with experience in EO sensors, satellite systems, and lasers to work in a rapid development environment. 

This engineer will participate in all phases of system development life cycle:

  • Early stages of concept development of mission, constellation architecture, and payload capabilities, and associated enabling internal R&D

  • Customer interactions and response to request for information and proposals

  • System and payload requirements definition, performance analysis, hardware and software design, algorithm development, risk management, integration and test, on-orbit verification, and support to on-going mission operations, sustainment, and upgrades/adaptations

This position allows telecommuting. The selected candidate will be required to perform some work onsite at the listed location.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and fielding of simulations used to develop, analyze, integrate and test high performance passive and active (laser) electro-optical sensing systems for air and space-borne systems.

  • Work in small Agile teams composed of diverse engineering skills and will be expected to use their talents to tackle complex problems on a variety of programs.

  • Perform modeling, simulation, and analysis to support hardware and algorithm design trades, requirements compliance, and performance verification and trouble-shooting of fielded systems.  This will include both utilizing existing models and building new models that range from physics-based payload to higher level system-of-system performance. Depending on the application, metrics include for example: SNR, image resolution and quality, probability of target detection and track accuracy, sensor pointing control accuracy, surveillance coverage statistics, and processing and communication latencies. Analysis involve platform-to-target engagement position and attitude geometry aspects including aircraft, ballistic missiles, orbital, and guidance navigation and control for space rendezvous operations.

  • Types of systems include:  conventional EO surveillance and reconnaissance, OPIR,  multi- and hyper-spectral and 3D LADAR, active laser based systems, non-conventional such as optical Synthetic Aperture Ladar (SAL/SAR) and vibrometry.

  • Developing technical products, plans, documentation, and briefings in support of program requirements.

This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Top Secret Security Clearance (U.S. Citizenship Required). (A U.S. Security Clearance that has been active in the past 24 months is considered active).  A final U.S. top secret clearance Post Start is required. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of developing physics and geometry based models and simulations in MATLAB.

  • 3+ years background in optical systems.

  • Degree Required: Computer Science, Math, Physics or Engineering is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Engineering physics math background in subjects including EO sensors, radiometry, laser beam propagation, Kalman filters, orbital mechanics, structural dynamics, and control systems.

  • Development of algorithms for hardware implementation on a variety of embedded processors including GPUs and FPGAs, Python and/or deep neural net experience.

Typical Education/Experience:

Education/experience typically acquired through advanced technical education from an accredited course of study in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry (e.g. Bachelor) and typically 5 or more years' related work experience or an equivalent combination of technical education and experience (e.g. PhD, Master+3 years' related work experience). In the USA, ABET accreditation is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard.



This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility.


This is a 1st shift position


Drug-Free Workplace:
Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


    El Segundo, California

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    Bring your skills to our team and discover how we can go further together.

    Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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