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Principal Engineer - EOIR Payload Calibration

Company: Ball
Location: Boulder
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Clearance Requirement: A current, active TS/SCI, SSBI, or Top Secret security clearance is required.

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.

We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit or connect with us on , , or .

The Engineering Strategic Support Unit comprises the organizational talent and technical leadership that enables the successful delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our customers missions. Our collaborative, cross-functional teams are committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong execution.

Principal EOIR Payload Calibration

This engineering position will focus on developing and implementing the calibration solutions necessary to achieve world class EO/IR remote sensor performance.

What youll do:

Analyze data quality of optical payload and sub-system requirements and decompose as necessary to inform the related design, build, and test architecture and verification activities
Lead, formulate and execute radiometric, spectral, and other calibration strategies to achieve the required mission data quality
Develop remote sensing payload design using component hardware technologies, calibration sources, calibration techniques, and uncertainty analysis
Create and manage physics-based calibration models and budgets
Collaborate with other engineering disciplines (systems, optical, mechanical, electrical, software, test, etc.) in the planning and execution of calibration tasks
Interface with and support the programs calibration lead and/or chief system engineer
Prepare and give presentations to peers, management and customers
Mentor other engineers within the company facing related challenges
Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
Perform other duties as necessary.

What youll need:

BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 or more years related experience.
Each higher-level degree, i.e., Masters Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
Degree in Physics or Optics preferred with related experience in either remote sensors, optics, detectors, light sources, or metrology.
Previous optics/physics training with an emphasis on laboratory or other high accuracy measurement experience
Expertise in remote sensing missions, payload design, component hardware technologies, calibration sources, calibration techniques, and uncertainty analysis
Experience in EO/IR data analysis and algorithm development is desired
Experience with Matlab or comparable software
Superb written and presentation skills with experience presenting complex technical issues to independent experts and senior customer representatives
Flexibility and capacity to work on multiple dynamic problems simultaneously
Active TS/SCI, SSBI or Top-Secret clearance required

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or cleanroom, outdoors or remote research environment.
May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.
May access other facilities in various weather conditions.
Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Verification that your current security clearance or government customer access meets the requirement for this position will be required.

Relocation for this position is available.

Compensation & Benefits

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $142,000 - $179,000 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. Click to learn more.


Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver

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