BAE Systems Senior State Estimation Scientist in Burlington, Massachusetts

Job Description

-How can you maintain shared situational awareness across a distributed, partially networked set of platforms in the presence of active communications jamming?

-Tracking is easy when the detections are accurate, well-separated, and featured, but how can you maintain the same quality state estimates as you lose dimensions, density increases, and features go away?

-Old-school radar operators fault automated tracking and state estimation because it is a deterministic process - it does not learn patterns that a human finds easily. How can we correct that by adding learning to our state estimation and tracking algorithms?

These are actual problems that the scientists and researchers in I2A are working to solve every day.

As a scientist in I2A, you will work in small to medium groups of researchers and engineers on projects that typically last 1-3 years. Working on different projects keeps things new and interesting, but the projects don't just stop when our research stops. I2A is part of FAST Labs, which acts as the research and development core of Electronic Systems' five other business areas. Once we finish the research, we work to transition our programs to those business areas. Our tracking, fusion, and analytic algorithms go to the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Intelligence, Surveillance, and Recognizance Systems (C4ISR) business area to improve their products that are used by military and intelligence analysts every day. Or they may go to the Electronic Combat Solutions (ECS) business area to add capability to their electronic warfare systems installed on aircraft like the F-35 or B-2. By sitting at the heart of BAE Systems' R&D organization, our research has a direct path through the greater company to enhance the capabilities of American soldiers.

A state estimate scientist at the senior level is expected to design, develop, execute, and implement research projects at the sub-system level, and might be responsible for leading a small team. Technical writing is important, as you will frequently contribute to or co-author conference papers, journal articles, and/or invention disclosures, and support business development through idea generation, contributing to proposals, and/or authoring white papers. The senior scientist typically briefs technical results directly to project management or the customer.

Typical Education & Experience

Bachelor's Degree and 5 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education

We are looking for scientists with foundations skills in one or more of the following who are interested in learning more:

  • We use standard filtering and smoothing tools (e.g. Kalman filters and particle filters) to improve our state estimates while also implementing application specific enhancements to these tools

  • Probabilistic models are included to account for uncertainty beyond that of sensor accuracy

  • We use Bayes nets and other probabilistic graphical models in applications ranging from causal inference to modeling agent behavior

  • We combine elements of control theory with our trackers to generate an optimal sequence of sensor commands to maximize information from limited sensor resources

  • We develop metrics to score the quality of our tracking and fusion algorithms against data, and we use custom tools to identify and explain any unexpected results

  • While it is always best to use real data, frequently it is necessary for us to develop and apply modeling and simulation tools to generate our own data

All of this is typically prototyped in a high level language like MATLAB or Python before being ported to C , and our scientists frequently present our algorithms and results to customers and at conferences.


  • Multi-Target Tracking

  • Tracking

  • State Estimation

  • Data Fusion

  • Fusion

  • Autonomy

  • Optimization

Preferred Skills and Education


  • Bachelor s Degree with 4 year of professional research experience, or

  • Master s Degree with 2 years of professional research experience, or

  • Doctorate with research experience

About BAE Systems Electronic Systems

BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services.

The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression

Senior State Estimation Scientist


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