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QinetiQ North America Sensor Engineer SME in Lorton, Virginia

Sensor Engineer SME

Location: Lorton, VA

Job Code: 1727

of Openings: 1


Who Are We?

QinetiQ Inc. is a leading innovator with over 25 years of experience rapidly developing advanced C5ISR sensor solutions and is a renowned world leader in robotics and autonomy.

The combined QinetiQ U.S. business unit brings capabilities across the full lifecycle of technology development from applied research and development to rapid prototyping, testing, fielding, and sustainment. Our expertise with unmanned platforms, broad sensing modalities, and cross-domain interoperability ensures that we deliver integrated solutions for Warfighter dominance in all phases of combat.

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms and systems, ground systems, soldier systems, maritime systems, airborne sensors and payloads, processing and exploitation capabilities, and integrated C2 solutions. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in fields such as sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

Our customers are always our number one priority and we consistently deliver Mission-Led Innovation to empower and protect our Defense and Security forces in the U.S. and abroad.

Your Contribution to Our Mission:

  • As a sensor engineer SME your role will be to conduct technology horizon scanning to maintain awareness of sensor development advancements, monitor and research novel applications for military sensors. You will work with a team of technical experts and support engineering development programs from a research and trade study perspective. You will author reports on findings and respond to technical inquiries from internal engineering groups as well as external customers.

To Land This Job, You Need:

  • Experience in conducting research and trade studies on components and systems technologies related to sensors, particularly in military applications. Demonstrated understanding on sensor system engineering including hardware, software and mechanical. Sensors of study include EO/IR imagers, multispectral, hyperspectral, LiDAR, RADAR, SAR and PI. Applications of sensors include ground, handheld, vehicle mounted, air and space.

  • Experience in technical writing, journal articles and other written publications is required.


  • Understanding of sensor design, components and engineering

  • Experience with EO/IR imagers, multispectral, hyperspectral, LiDAR, RADAR, SAR and PI

  • Ability to perform independent research and author written reports

  • 5+ years engineering or related technical experience

  • B.S in Science or Engineering Field

  • Secret Clearance


  • Familiarity with sensor and target phenomenology

  • M.S or PhD in Science or Engineering Field

  • Successful publication history

  • TS/SCI or TS with SCI eligibility Clearance

Clearance Level Must Currently Possess:

DOD Secret

Why QinetiQ Inc.?

  • Your work will contribute to the protection of American Warfighters and Security Forces.

  • Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology.

  • Extensive opportunities for continuous learning, professional growth and advancement.

  • We only hire the best! No matter if you are entry or senior level, you will have the opportunity learn from some of the best in the industry.

  • We have fun! We regularly have company events, from luncheons and costume contests to golf tournaments.

  • We care about YOU and YOUR FAMILY. We offer competitive benefits and health insurance options.

No One Has Time for Long Job Applications!

We completely understand. That is why we have made the application process easy. We promise. This will be simple.


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 staffing@us.qinetiq.com or call (540) 658-2720 Opt 4 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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