[ES_JOBS_NET] Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate in Radar Science, Oak Ridge National Lab

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Feb 10 10:45:50 MST 2016


Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate in Radar Science NB50482974
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Center for Engineering Science Advanced Research(CESAR) at the Oak 
Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) develops transformational capabilities 
in signal processing science that enable disruptive remote sensing 
technologies in support of the United States Department of Defense. In 
that context, up to five CESAR Distinguished Postdoctoral Research 
Associate positions are available immediately for candidates interested 
in and capable of performing leading-edge research and development in 
the area of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) W-band radar for 
potential applications to space situational awareness (SSA) and 
ballistic missile defense (BMD). Research priorities include (1) the 
development of target discrimination methodologies exploiting Orthogonal 
Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) signaling in the context of AESA 
W-band hardware, and (2) their efficient, massively parallel, real-time 
implementation on current state-of-the-art ultra-low-power accelerated 
processors in a network-embedded environment. Appointments will be for 
two years, with the possibility of renewal for one year depending on 
performance and the availability of funding. During each appointment, 
exceptional candidates will be considered for full-time regular staff 
Major Duties/Responsibilities:*
Work closely with ORNL researchers and their collaborators at the Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology to 
develop and test algorithms for advanced SAR/ISAR imaging operations; 
algorithms for long-range target discrimination; algorithms for 
Electronic Counter-Measures (ECM) mitigationResults of the research are 
expected to be reported in open or classified peer-reviewed journal 
articles and conference papers.
Qualifications Required:*
Minimum Qualifications:The positions require a Doctoral degree in 
Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, or 
Computer Science, earned no more than five years prior to the date of 
the application. In addition, candidates should havea deep understanding 
of the fundamentals of radar signal processing, including (1) signal 
models, (2) pulsed radar data acquisition, (3) radar waveforms, (4) 
Doppler processing, (5) detection theory, (6) target tracking, and (7) 
multisensor fusion. Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written 
communication skills, organizational skills, and strong personal 
motivation are necessary. The ability to work in a dynamic team 
environment is required.Preferred Qualifications:In addition to the 
minimum requirements listed above, the ideal candidate would be familiar 
with inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging of moving targets, 
beamforming, and space-time adaptive processing. From a computational 
perspective, the candidate should be capable of programming in modern 
Fortran (at a minimum the 2003 standard), CUDA Fortran, and MATLAB. 
Additional experience in one or more of the following is a plus: CUDA C, 
assembly, real-time operating systems, developing and debugging 
massively parallel algorithms, and code performance profiling.Security 
Clearance Requirement:This position requires the ability to obtain and 
maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy, which requires U.S. 
Citizenship. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse 
program (WSAP) testing designed position which requires passing a 
pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug 
testing program in which employees are subject to being randomly 
selected for testing. The occupant of this position will also be subject 
to an ongoing requirement to report to ORNL any drug-related arrest or 
conviction or receipt of a positive drug test result. Applicants cannot 
have received their PhD more than five years prior to the date of 
application and must complete all degree requirements before starting 
their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with 
the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are 
subject to performance and availability of funding.
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