Senior Signal and Image Processing Engineer

El Segundo, CA, CA
Full Time

Company Overview
Millennium Space Systems, A Boeing Company delivers affordable, high-performance space systems for exacting customers. At Millennium, you will be part of a close-knit team working on exciting technological problems. We work in an open environment where ideas are shared across all disciplines, and there are ample opportunities for advancement based on excellence. Superstars are welcome.

At Millennium, we innovate and collaborate to make the world a better place. From the seabed to outer space, you can contribute to work that matters with a company where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. We're committed to fostering an environment for every teammate that's welcoming, respectful and inclusive, with great opportunity for professional growth. Find your future with us. 

Job Summary
Mission & Autonomy Engineering is focused on (a) design, analysis, and development of mission Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) from customer use cases and requirements; (b) modeling and simulation of satellites, constellations, and system-of-systems; and (c) enabling mission success through comprehensive on-board fault management and autonomy.  Engineers in the group are integral throughout the entire program lifecycle. They are key stakeholders in the design and validation of mission CONOPS and Design Reference Missions (DRM), and are leaders in comprehensive end-to-end software integration, validation, and testing. They define the underlying architecture for fault detection, isolation, and response (FDIR), and own the development and validation of satellite/constellation specific fault configuration(s). They are the chief architects and implementers of satellite/constellation autonomy, ensuring mission level objectives are met and spacecraft health and safety are always maintained.

As a Senior Signal and Image Processing Engineer, you will be a technical leader within the growing Sensing Portfolio at Millennium Space Systems. You will be the Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the image processing and object tracking algorithms chain, and drive mission and system design to meet mission requirements. This position requires in-depth understanding of every link in the processing chain from photon-to-Warfighter. You will develop infrared image processing and object detection algorithms, architect all links in the signal processing chain, guide a team of developers, and validate system performance using modeling and simulation platforms. You will work shoulder-to-shoulder with technical and program leadership to ensure that the proposed mission solution meets the needs of our customers.

This position's internal job code is Guidance, Nav & Controls Engr. Our team is currently hiring for levels 4 & 5.


  • Own the electro-optic/infrared image processing algorithms chain 
  • Lead a technical team of diverse specialists to achieve mission goals
  • Develop novel algorithms, models, and data processing schemes for Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) or Hyperspectral Imagery (HSI) data
  • Lead the architectural design of the algorithm suite
  • Provide guidance to algorithm developers 
  • Design and execute end-to-end validation methods/platforms/test campaigns
  • Develop Technical Performance Metrics (TPM) to assess system performance against representative mission data/conditions
  • Act as Millennium's technical interface to 3rd-party/external algorithm/image processing vendors
  • Work with Optical, Mission, Software/Firmware, and Systems Engineers to ensure algorithms interface complies with requirements and output data products meet mission needs

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related technical discipline
  • Background in electrical or software engineering
  • 5+ years of experience with common tools such as Matlab, Python, or C++
  • Experience developing image processing algorithms
  • Ability to extract features, intelligence, and information from remotely sensed, space-based EO/IR data
  • Possess an understanding of the hardware/software interfaces needed for algorithm integration
  • Ability to extract and communicate TPMs
  • This position requires an active Top Secret U.S Security Clearance (SCI Eligible). (More information on this process can be found by following the Mandatory Security Clearance and Access Process Disqualifying Criteria link which is listed in the job posting).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong technical leadership experience
  • Strong written and oral technical communication skills
  • Advanced degree in engineering or a related technical discipline
  • 10+ years of experience in aerospace systems design and/or operation
  • 10+ years of experience with common tools such as Matlab, Python, or C++
  • Experience with space remote sensing missions
  • Experience with VHDL development for embedded systems
  • Experience developing kinematic state estimation filters 
  • Experience with Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) applications for image processing 
  • Experience with end-to-end testing and validation
  • Understanding of data flow through Space, Ground, and User Segments all the way to the Warfighter
  • Ability to fully model signal chain from photons to Warfighter
  • Direct experience with either EO/IR or HSI data
  • Experience performing geolocation or state estimation from space-based imagery data and associated spacecraft metadata
  • In-depth understanding of precision timing and other processing constraints
  • Experience in orbital mechanics
  • Experience in modeling and simulation of satellite systems
  • Experience with the definition of satellite/constellation Concepts of Operation (CONOPS)

Please note that the salary information shown below is a general guideline only of what is reasonably expected to be paid for the position. Salaries are based upon candidate experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.

Summary Pay-Range

  • Level 4: $135,150 - $198,750
  • Level 5: $164,050 - $241,250

Benefits and Perks
Millennium Space Systems offers a very competitive benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, and 401k plan.

Before applying, please note:
Millennium is DDTC-registered, ITAR-compliant Company. This position is located at a facility that requires special access. Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens and eligible for a security clearance. Additionally, applicants must be willing to apply for and maintain a security clearance. We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage veterans, disabled veterans and disabled individuals to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified.

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