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Spectral Analyst

Date: Jun 15, 2022

Location: Fort Belvoir, Virginia, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ, Inc. is seeking an experienced Spectral Analyst to support work at our Fort Belvoir, VA location. The selected candidate will support field testing and analysis of new spectral imaging technologies and will support various tasks with the use of spectral devices.


Your Contribution to the Mission:

  • Signature collection using spectral instrumentation
  • Signature analysis of target and background signatures
  • Data and image processing
  • Test support to include reviewing test plans and generating test reports
  • Field support to include traveling CONUS, and possibly OCONUS
    • Packing equipment
    • Sensor Integration
    • Sensor operation
    • In-field data analysis to ensure data quality is high
  • Generating final data reports to include
    • Post-Processing image cubes using basic hyperspectral imaging (HSI) algorithms and developmental detection algorithms
    • Analyzing the performance of developmental detection algorithms
  • Presenting reports and briefings to government team members and senior leaders



To Land this Job, You'll Need :


  • A Bachelor's or higher degree in physics, electrical engineering, optical engineering, or similar field of study
  • 3-5 years minimum of HSI experience (design, develop, operation, data analysis, etc.)
  • 1 year experience with HSI data analysis
  • Software Experience – ENVI, C++, and MATLAB
  • Experience in the following:
    • Applying a gain/offset
    • Converting from Radiance to Reflectance
    • Applying atmospheric correction
    • Understanding basic HSI analysis tools/algorithms such as Adaptive-Cosine Estimator (ACE), Principle Components, Spectral Angle Mapping (SAM)
    • Spectral signature analysis
      1. In-scene detection of a target – Create a region of interest (ROI) of part of the scene, extract the signature, locate similar targets in the scene
      2. Band selection – Analyze target and background signatures to determine which bands are most optimal for designing a system
  • Preferred, but not required, experience with other sensing modalities – polarimetric, LiDAR, and other active imaging are preferred
  • Preferred, but not required, field experience and data collection
  • Minimum Secret Clearance is required




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If because of a medical condition or disability you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (540) 658-2720 Opt. 4 and let us know the nature of your request and contact information.

QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.