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The MITRE Corporation Sensor Technologies - Group Lead in Bedford, Massachusetts

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Department Summary:

MITRE’s Sensors, Electromagnetics and EW Department—within MITRE Labs’ Electronic Systems and Technologies Innovation Center is a broad and experienced team focused on designing, prototyping, evaluating, testing and fielding disruptive solutions in the following technology areas:

  • Satellite communications

  • Sensors (Radar, EO, IR, Hyperspectral, LiDAR)

  • Antennas

  • HF sensing and communications

  • Signal Processing and Algorithm Development

  • Electronic Warfare (EW)

We are looking for qualified applicants for two Group Leader (GL) positions. Our Group Leaders are members of the department’s leadership team who focus on team development, recruiting, work shaping, career development and expanding our work program into areas that are important to the nation. Our focus is on impactful outcomes which are achieved by staff who have strong and expanding skills, who are strong collaborators, empowered to influence tasking, who are informed by sponsor, department, division and corporate objectives, and have the resources to pursue their project and career goals. As a critical component of our leadership team Group Leaders are essential in helping the staff achieve our organization’s objectives and while achieving their career goals.

Job Description:

  • Support one or more sensor related projects with responsibility which require the ability to:

  • Foster and develop innovative, transformational solutions to sensing related challenges and capability gaps for both fielded and developmental systems

  • Participate in sensor design development, test and evaluation, performance modeling at the system and sub-system level

  • Participate in data collections, conduct experiments and perform data analyses

  • Evaluate technologies, identify risks, and develop alternate solutions

  • Design and prototype sensor algorithms and sensor signal processing solutions

  • Develop and evaluate sensor requirements for both fielded and developmental systems

  • As a Direct Supervisor (DS) you will

  • Work with staff to help define and execute a path to achieve their career objectives.

  • Provide staff with honest and actionable feedback on their performance, taking into account individual career goals

  • Prepare and conduct performance management conversations with staff

  • Help to shape and perform calibration and compensation activities

  • Help to define, prepare and conduct performance management conversations with staff

  • Set the strategic direction for the technical focus of a team; investment strategy for resources and capabilities, etc.

  • Build relationships with other departments/divisions and have substantial customer contact while leveraging in-depth knowledge of customer’s operations/business.

  • Resource plan (staff, facilities, and equipment), assign staff to tasks with a focus on outcomes and career growth

  • Support work shaping and proposal development efforts to expand our work program into new areas

  • Engage in the career and technical growth of others through mentoring, training, and collaboration

  • Participate in MITRE Labs’ presence in peer-reviewed publications, patent submissions, and external conferences/workshops

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in EE, Mathematics or Physics, typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 3 years’ experience; or equivalent combination of related education and work experience

  • Demonstrated experience in work shaping and technical leadership

  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring, developing others and providing constructive career feedback

  • Experience in influencing the outcome of teams beyond one’s individual responsibilities

  • Strong technical skills related to sensor technologies

  • Experience in two or more of the following areas: radar design development/evaluation, radar test and evaluation, radar performance modeling at the system and sub-system level

  • Experience with signal processing and/or algorithm development

  • Data analysis experience

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical concepts simply and concisely, making needed connections, and bridging across domains as appropriate

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate clearly in technical terms with both engineering staff and project leadership

  • Strong writing and briefing skills

  • Capable of obtaining and maintaining a Secret security clearance

  • This position requires a minimum of 50% hybrid on-site

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in electrical engineering, math, or physics

  • Demonstrated experience in prioritizing the nurturing of others

  • Experience developing/prototyping tracking algorithms

  • Experience developing/prototyping Electronic Warfare capabilities

  • Holds a Top Secret/SCI Clearance

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