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RTX Corporation Principal Image Scientist in Westford, Massachusetts

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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.

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. 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. 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. 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. reconnaissance/multispectral-imaging (

What You Will Do

  • Develop and maintain EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infrared) remote sensing systems

  • Responsible for supporting the full product development lifecycle.

  • Develop new functionality and optimize current imaging capabilities.

  • Drive project direction and completion, within budget and on schedule.

  • Develop algorithms in MATLAB or ENVI/IDL.

  • Contribute to an agile team-oriented environment.

  • Participate on proposals and interface with customers as subject matter expert (SME).

  • This 1st shift role will be 100% on-site and based in Westford, MA.

    Qualifications You Must Have :

  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) and a minimum 8 years’ of prior work experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 5 years’ of prior work experience.

  • Image science experience.

  • Experience with Department of Defense (DoD) electro-optical (EO) sensors.

  • Experience with a prototyping language (e.g., MATLAB, ENVI/IDL (Interactive Data Language), etc.).

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

    Qualifications We Prefer :

  • 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.

    What We Offer:

  • Our values drive our actions, behaviors, and performance with a vision for a safer, more connected world. At RTX, we value: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Collaboration, and Innovation.

  • This position offers relocation based on candidate eligibility.

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  • RTX solves some of the toughest challenges in aerospace and defense. That requires expansive thinking and bold innovation – and that, in turn, requires a culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.

  • We embrace individuality and diversity of thought to fuel opportunity for our employees, our customers, and our communities. We work toward progress, knowing that a more inclusive world is critical to our mission. Not just in this moment, but always.

  • Please consider the following role type definition as you apply for this role. Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite.

  • Clearance Information: This position requires a security clearance. DCSA Consolidated Adjudication Services (DCSA CAS), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process. More information about Security Clearances can be found on the US Department of State government website here:


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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Raytheon Technologies 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.