Zel Technologies
  • 01-Dec-2017 to 30-Jan-2018 (EST)
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Must have an active TS/SCI clearance to be considered for this position

Contingent     / Noncontingent  X 

Job Summary:

The position is located in Arlington, Virginia supporting the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO).  JIDO counters improvised threats by rapidly developing, acquiring, and fielding counter-improvised threat equipment, technologies, and systems to the warfighter within three to twenty-four months.  Applicant will provide a wide range of Engineering Subject Matter Expertise (SME) support to the JIDO JDM8 on all aspects of Counter Improvised Threat Device (C-ITD) technologies for current and anticipated programs and conduct outreach for new and innovative technologies. The position requires applicant to possess an active TS/SCI Security Clearance.  


Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide recommendations to JIDO leadership on investment opportunities in C-ITD capability development to reduce known and previously unrecognized capability gaps in this area and to help meet validated requirements, including co-authoring development plans.
  • Present organized analytical assessments to the DM8 program integrators and DM8 leadership that identify potential initiatives for JIDO to consider. The initiatives may improve current JIDO efforts, take advantage of technological opportunities, improve the understanding and-or evaluation of complex issues, or improve policy development, decision-making, management, or administration for the DM8's contribution to the JIDO mission.
  • Provide technical advice, feasibility analysis, and products necessary for the implementation of approved initiatives, including conclusions and-or recommendations that are supported by data, analysis, and operational relevancy.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, and directing C-ITD technical activities.
  • Provide expertise in all C-ITD investments and maintain awareness of current scientific developments within the national and international technical communities in the following areas:
  • Robotics including Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS);
  • Systems Engineering;
  • Multi-sensor data exploitation;
  • Radar;
  • LIDAR;
  • Motion imagery (MI) including wide area motion imagery (WAMI) exploitation architecture and algorithms;
  • Traditional and modern signals SIGINT sensors and exploitation
  • Machine Learning from sensor data
  • Support JIDO at all appropriate briefings, seminars, conferences, workshops, colloquia, and other working groups to document the C-ITD technology needs, developments, requirements, and studies, and present technical contributions resulting from JIDO investments.
  • Keep abreast of advanced technology, concepts, and trends to discover initiative solution candidates for use by JIDO and keep the DM8 team informed on solutions within their field of expertise.
  • Co-author peer reviewed publication submissions to journals, conferences, workshops, and colloquia on relevant technical contributions achieved from JIDO investments in C-ITD and related technical capability developments.



  • Read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, reports, legal documents, etc.
  • Prepare reports and presentations to company management and customer(s)
  • Respond to inquiries from customers, management, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community
  • Oversee daily activities of area or customer
  • Support development and execution of company policies, procedures, and guidance
  • Ability to identify and solve problems
  • Ability to manage time and resources
  • Ability to delegate implementation plans to subordinate members of group
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Effective communicator     


  • Required: Ph.D. or D.Sc. degree(s) from a department with ABET (www.abet.org) accredited degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, Systems Science and Mathematics, or Systems Engineering.
  • Desired: Ph.D. or D.Sc. ABET accredited degree(s) in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, Systems Science and Mathematics, or Systems Engineering and current or previous Professional Engineer (PE) certification.

Special Requirements:

  • Must have an active Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance to be considered for this position
  • 10 years of professional experience required
  • Desired experience in counter improvised threat defeat (C-ITD), counter improvised explosive device defeat (C-IED), Asymmetric Warfare (AW), or counter-insurgency (COIN) technology development.
  • Desired experience in defense acquisition and program management and Defense Acquisition University (DAU) training in Program Management, and one of the following: Information Technology, Engineering, Science and Technology Management, or in predecessor certification course curricula.
  • Desired experience in Robotics system development, analysis, or modeling.
  • Desired academic and-or professional experience is desired in two or more of the following:
    • Robotics including Unmanned Aerial Systems;
    • Systems Engineering;
    • Multi-sensor data exploitation;
    • Radar;
    • LIDAR;
    • Motion imagery (MI) including wide area motion imagery (WAMI);
    • Traditional and modern signals SIGINT
    • Machine Learning from sensor data
  • Desired experience integrating human factors engineering assessments with capability development experience.
  • Desired experience is required in leading technology development from low (3-4) technology readiness level (TRL) to TRL 6 and 7 for transition to programs of record (PoRs).
  • Desired detailed knowledge of military and intelligence community (IC) organizations, operations, and decision-making process.

Required mastery in use of personal computers with extensive experience using Microsoft Office Suite and web-based applications.

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer "This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities."

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