JOB DESCRIPTION: Photogrammetric Imagery Scientists extract monoscopic, stereoscopic, and multiscopic mensuration of objects and geographic features utilizing all imaging systems (i.e., satellite, airborne, ground). They create mensuration reports and mensuration-derived computer-aided design products. They collaborate with analysts to understand intelligence issues and provide scientific results to conduct intell
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A photogrammetric imagery scientist extracts GEOINT from all types of imagery (satellite, airborne, ground, etc.) by performing dimensional analysis of objects and geographic features in images using specialized monoscopic, stereoscopic, and multi-image photogrammetric processes. They also perform volumetric analysis, micro-feature terrain analysis, SATCOM point to point line-of-sight analysis, forensic imagery/video analysis, solar/time analysis, velocity analysis, change detection, and locational analysis. They create mensuration reports and adapt current or develop new photogrammetric tools to meet customer needs. They prepare tailored products and information, explain technical concepts to non-specialists in an understandable manner, and serve as an expert imagery science representative to a variety of working groups and forums. They also participate in the development of automation, Computer Vision/Machine Learning (CV/ML) and data science solutions impacting photogrammetrically-based processes as appropriate. They also provide tradecraft guidance, evaluate and validate photogrammetric tools and processes. They create customized methodologies and products to address wide ranging intelligence problems relevant to customer needs. Duties: 1. Apply and develop statistical and quantitative methodologies aligned to photogrammetric processes to refine and improve GEOINT analysis and conclusions. 2. Develop, test, and evaluate new algorithms, processes, methodologies, and products using sensor metadata and imagery. 3. Educate customers on availability and capabilities of imagery products, methodologies, procedures, and algorithms to enhance analysis. 4. Use photogrammetric processes using imagery data to determine target locations, sensor location, orientation, and size (e.g., distances, direction/angle, height, diameter, geocoordinate), to evaluate performance of deployed sensor photogrammetric-related specifications. Develop solutions to improve quality of photogrammetric results (e.g., mono intersection, triangulation, multi-ray, stereo, multi-image sequence point extraction, source selection) to answer key intelligence questions pertinent to national security. Physical Requirement: -Near visual acuity of 20/20 or better with or without corrective lenses. -Far visual acuity of 20/60 or better with or without corrective lenses. -Stereopsis ability to view in stereo. -Ability to distinguish principal colors and shades/hues of principal colors. 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 may be eligible for a RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE: selected candidates may be offered an incentive as part of the offer of employment. To receive the incentive, selected candidates must be eligible under 5 CFR Part 575, Subpart A, upon issuance of the Final Offer Letter. Changes in federal employment status prior to issuance of the Final Offer Letter may affect eligibility. To receive the incentive, selected candidates will be required to sign a service agreement to stay within the position at NGA for the agreed upon time. If the service agreement is terminated before its completion, the employee may be required to repay a pro rata share amount of the incentive to the government. Additional information regarding recruitment incentives for current federal employees can be found in DoDI 1400.25, Volume 2006.
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 knowledge of imaging systems, e.g., imaging systems (satellite, ground, and airborne) and photogrammetric principles 2. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills with the ability to develop and present findings to meet the needs of various audiences 3. Demonstrated experience identifying, developing, prioritizing, and completing tasks on time in a fluid environment 4. Demonstrated experience coordinating and leading relationships across multiple organizations and customers 5. Demonstrated experience applying statistical and quantitative methodologies to extracted data from imagery, e.g., trigonometry and linear algebra 6. Demonstrated ability to visualize and analyze imaged objects in three dimensions 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, 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 extraction of monoscopic, stereoscopic, and multiscopic mensuration of objects and geographic features utilizing all imaging systems, including Computer Aided Design (CAD) applications, 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 and shades/hues of principal colors; Near visual acuity of 20/20 or better with or without corrective lenses; Stereopsis ability; Hand steadiness DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired: 1. Demonstrated experience with some or all of the following software tools: RemoteView, SocetGXP, Mensuration Services Program (MSP), GeoTrans, Systems Tool Kit (STK), EOS PhotoModeler, Compass, Common Geopositioning Services (CGS), MATLAB, Python, C++ 2. Demonstrated experience with some/all national imaging systems (NTM), Civil imaging systems, commercial imaging systems, ground, airborne, and video 3. Demonstrated experience with data science; coding; modeling/simulation; image and digital signal processing; and/or prototyping 4. Demonstrated application of Computer Vision (CV) and/or Machine Learning (ML) techniques for the purpose of improving or automating photogrammetric capabilities/processes 5. Demonstrated experience with cameras, imaging system design; imagery product absolute and relative mensuration performance analysis using sensor models 6. Demonstrated experience in close range single photo perspective and multi-photo photogrammetric processing to include concepts and tools
SPECIAL INFO: 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 SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: 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.