Thermal Infrared Imagery Scientist

Springfield, Virginia
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 01, 2022
Full Time

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) serves as the world leader in providing timely, relevant, accurate and actionable
geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). NGA's civilian, military and contract personnel evaluate imagery, maps, charts, multiple layers of
foundation data - such as terrain, elevation and gravity - and the full spectrum of visible and invisible light in order to help users visualize
what is happening at a particular place and time. Our intelligence officers go beyond describing 'what, where and when' to revealing 'how
and why.' our work enables decision advantage for our policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders.

The Office of Sciences and Methodologies (ATS) provides timely, relevant, and crucial Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) science solutions for
combat support and national intelligence missions. The scientist leads the integration of advanced sensor phenomenology, leverages new
technologies, and develops new techniques and methodologies to enable the deepening and broadening of analytical expertise. Thermal
Infrared Imagery scientists are a critical component of GEOINT tasking, collecting, exploitation, processing, dissemination, scientific
assessments, and production. They perform special processing and analysis of national, commercial, civil, airborne and satellite data,
utilizing electronic light tables (ELTs) and other software tools to analyze, assess, and prepare tailored information and products. Scientists
explain technical concepts to the consumers of the information provided in an understandable manner and serve as technical
representatives to a variety of working groups and forums. They also, based on experience, aid in the development of automation, artificial
intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) and data science analytics where appropriate.

Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to: Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire. You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.

This position is eligible for an INCENTIVE: The selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment, based upon budget availability. To receive an incentive, the selected candidate must sign a service agreement depending on the approved amount or duration of the incentive. If the employee leaves before the end of the service agreement, the employee may be required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the government.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Security Investigation

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.

- U.S. Citizenship Required

- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)

- Polygraph Test Required

- Position Subject to Drug Testing

- Two Year Probationary Period

- Direct Deposit Required

You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.


MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1. Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of leadership in an organization.
2. Experience operating independently and on a team.
3. Demonstrated ability to apply and understand various sources of Imagery and/or Geospatial Information.
4. As required by Executive Order 14043, federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Agency, If after November 22. The Agency will provide additional information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the Agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Imagery Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Earth Science, or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in Physical Science and/or related Engineering Science such as Dynamics, Electronics, Mechanics, and Properties of Materials. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in any area listed in option A that included at least 24 semester hours in Physical Science and/or related Engineering Science, plus experience that involves processing and analyzing wavelengths to extract intelligence and geospatial information, or a related field that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the duties associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of coursework is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Distinguish principal colors; Near visual acuity of 20/60 or better with or without corrective lenses

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1. Experience with some or all of the software tools: RemoteView, AGITK, SocetGXP, Mensuration Services Program (MSP), MATLAB, ENVI, IDL, Erdas Imagine, MuSeS, Python, IDASS, or MicroStation.
2. Experience with National, Civil, or Commercial Imaging Systems.
3. Experience with Image processing, Thermal Modeling, or Digital Signal processing.
4. Experience with Data Science, Coding, or Prototyping.