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United States of America


HMA03: ISR Systems - Westford HO 7 Technology Park Drive, Westford, MA, 01886 USA

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At Raytheon, the foundation of everything we do is rooted in our values and a higher calling – to help our nation and allies defend freedoms and deter aggression.  We bring the strength of more than 100 years of experience and renowned engineering expertise to meet the needs of today’s mission and stay ahead of tomorrow’s threat.  Our team solves tough, meaningful problems that create a safer, more secure world. 

Job Summary:

Raytheon is a world leader in high altitude imaging sensors. As such, we in the Advanced Product Solutions Directorate provide the United States Government and International Partners with remote sensing systems, for time critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. Our ISR Information and Intelligence Engineering group develops the algorithms and software for processing, optimizing, and creating intelligence products from these sensors.

We are seeking a Principal Image Scientist to work on our team. Applying candidates should have advanced knowledge of electro-optical (EO) remote sensing systems, an expert understanding of image & meta-data processing, and what constitutes excellent image quality. They should have experience with a prototyping language, such as Matlab or IDL.  C++ experience would be a plus. Knowledge of the factors that contribute to high-precision geo-accuracy, knowledge of Community Sensor Models (CSM), and being familiar with the tagged record extensions (TRE) in the National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF) are also a plus. Applicants should have experience leading projects or developing maintainable processes. They will be expected to drive project direction and completion, within budget and schedule. They will participate on proposals and interface with customers as subject matter expert (SME). They will be expected to review the work of others and mentor as needed.

As a team member, you will be working on state-of-the-art imaging systems with some of the most advanced capabilities available. This is a great opportunity to contribute to technologies that truly make a difference. We look forward to having you on the team.


This position is a hybrid role and must be based in Westford, MA. The selected applicant will work with the hiring manager to set a schedule. However, working from home will be on a non-interference basis.

Responsibilities to Anticipate:

  • Develop new functionality and optimize current imaging capabilities.

  • Manage and technically contribute to project definition, design, and implementation.

  • Breakdown project tasks from requirements.

  • Develop algorithms in Matlab or IDL.

  • Develop unit tests and validation tests.

  • Write clear concise documentation.

  • Contribute to an agile team-oriented environment.

  • Obtain and maintain additional program access as required.

  • Anticipate weekly on-site presence for lab support.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Typically requires Bachelor’s degree and a minimum 8 years’ of prior work experience OR an Advanced degree and a minimum 5 years’ of prior work experience.

  • Image systems engineering experience.  

  • Experience with Department of Defense (DOD) EO sensors.

  • Experience with Matlab and/or ENVI/IDL (Interactive Data Language).

  • Active and transferable U.S. government issued Secret security clearance is required prior to start date. U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS Degree in Image Science, Systems Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related major is HIGHLY PREFERRED.

  • Experience with C++.

  • Experience with image processing chains.

  • Experience with geo-accuracy.

  • Experience with project and cost account management.

What We Offer:

Whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, we offer a total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the benefits we offer include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.


The salary range for this role is 96,000 USD - 200,000 USD. The salary range provided is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels. RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role, function and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.

Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement.

Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.

This role is a U.S.-based role. If the successful candidate resides in a U.S. territory, the appropriate pay structure and benefits will apply.

RTX anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require RTX to shorten or extend the application window.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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Principal Image Scientist (Hybrid) - Westford, MA
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