Research Scientist – SDA/SSA, Photometry, and Image Processing

Los Angeles, California, United States

Full Time

22 days ago

Job description

About Us:

From protecting our planet to exploring the farthest reaches of the cosmos, OurSky is a modernized developer platform for space applications on a mission to make space observational data and analysis more accessible.

Designed to meet the needs of segments throughout the entirety of the space economy from space startups, satellite operators, and government agencies to core scientific research, OurSky's platform and open APIs provide new opportunities for real-time tracking of objects in space, easy access to space observational data, and acceleration of applications development. OurSky is at the forefront of technological innovation, dedicated to advancing research and development in the fields of Space Domain Awareness (SDA), Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Photometry, and cutting-edge image processing techniques.

We are seeking a highly experienced and motivated Research Scientist to join our dynamic team. Join a rockstar team of experienced entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and astronomers from SpaceX, DARPA, SmartThings, and Bird. This role will report to the VP of Engineering.

OurSky is backed by top institutional investors–Upfront Ventures, Oceans Ventures, Venrex, Marlinspike Partners, and Embedded Ventures.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Stay abreast of the latest advancements in SDA/SSA, Photometry, and novel image processing techniques by regularly reviewing research papers and publications.

  • Collaborate with software development teams to conceptualize, develop, and implement proof of concept based on cutting-edge research.

  • Design and generate simulated data for rapid testing of proof of concept algorithms.

  • Coordinate with operations and engineering teams to gather real-world data for validating algorithms against synthetic test cases.

  • Lead complex multidisciplinary research projects, ensuring detailed and rigorous scientific processes.

  • Effectively communicate complex research findings to both technical and non-technical stakeholders, providing clear and concise insights.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a relevant commercial or academic research field.

  • Strong foundation in mathematics or computational mathematics.

  • Demonstrated experience in first principles engineering and science.

  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage and execute complex, multidisciplinary research projects.

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Engineering, Mathematics, or a related field of study.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional development experience in C++ or Java.

  • Experience in machine learning model training using PyTorch or TensorFlow.

  • Knowledge or experience in astrodynamics.

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salary and generous benefits package.

  • Premier health benefits (medical, dental, and vision) covered 100% for the employee and 80% for family (for US employees; alternative options available for international employees)

  • Flextime PTO with a required minimum of three weeks vacation.

  • Opportunity to work on groundbreaking projects in a highly innovative environment.

  • A collaborative and inclusive culture that fosters professional growth and development.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, and any relevant work samples/portfolio.

OurSky is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided based

on qualifications, merit, and business need.

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