Computer Vision Engineer

Job Description

Applied Technology Associates (ATA) is seeking a Computer Vision Engineer in support to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Advanced Technology (SVAT) contract. ATA is supporting AFRL in a variety of areas related to the design and flight of space vehicles. One of those areas is in the application and implementation of computer vision for the guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) for spacecraft. ATA is looking for qualified candidates who are interested in working within a small, agile, innovative team supporting Air Force projects and who share a strong desire to create a work environment that is highly collaborative, rewarding, and fun. The successful candidate will serve as an engineer within AFRL/ATA’s GNC team and contribute to a collection of projects to help with the development of algorithms and their implementation in a variety of programming languages. Current projects include support to two different laboratories for the purposes of raising the technology readiness levels (TRLs) of GNC algorithms and software. The projects focus on the development and implementation of computer vision techniques for rendezvous and proximity operations of one spacecraft around another. The laboratories emulate many aspects of spacecraft flight providing real-time testbeds and verification and validation platforms for GNC and related algorithms and software. We work in a heavily MATLAB-based environment, using MATLAB for modelling, simulation, testing, data analysis, and algorithm development and Simulink for the majority of our flight code development.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Develop and apply computer vision algorithms for spacecraft navigation

  • - Develop simulations for generating imagery data

  • - Develop simulations for testing computer vision algorithms and implementations

  • - Establish and apply algorithm performance metrics

  • - Represent ATA well with customers

  • - Perform all other duties as assigned

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • - Ethical conduct

  • - Strong attention to detail

  • - Strategic thinking

  • - Organizational skills

  • - Self-starter

  • - Self-organizing

  • - Ability to quickly grasp new concepts and processes

  • - Great written and oral communication skills

  • - Requires minimum oversight

  • - Excellent time management skills

  • - Commitment to completing the mission even when it is not convenient

Work Environment: 

This job operates in a professional/secure office environment. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines and other equipment as needed.

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are nominally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be required.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • - Ph.D. in Engineering or Computer Science from an accredited program

  • - U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DoD security clearance

  • - Background in Computer Vison theory

  • - Experience implementing computer vision-based estimation and control algorithms

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • - Active U.S. DoD security clearance

  • - Background in spacecraft dynamics and/or guidance, navigation, and control

  • - Experience programming in C/C++

  • - Experience with revision control systems such as Git, Mercurial, or Subversion

  • - Background in game theory

Primary Location: 

Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM

Relocation Available: 


ATA prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ATA conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20190109.

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