Phenomenology Scientist – Physicist – Columbia, MD

Phenomenology Scientist

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Phenomenology Scientist

Systems Engineering Group, Inc. (SEG) seeks a scientist to research and develop advanced models and simulations of physical phenomena in support of the Missile Defense Agency and US Navy.  The phenomena of interest include missile debris, missile plumes and reentry wakes, atmospheric propagation effects for RF and IR signals, and the effects on signal propagation of various types of clutter, including land and sea clutter.


  • Research, design, and develop models and simulations of physical phenomena related to missile defense
  • Work with software developers and managers to transition algorithms and tools to formal C++ products
  • Work with SEG leadership and other subject matter experts to develop phenomenology-related project road maps
  • Write technical memos and white papers that summarize research, threat capabilities, or other areas of interest or concern
  • Present technical work and provide technical expertise at conferences and meetings with customers, collaborators, and competitors
  • Mentor and task junior staff


  • Clearance Level: SECRET (active and TS/SCI preferred)
  • Ph.D. (or Master’s degree and 2 years of industry or government experience) in physics, mathematics, or engineering
  • Strong analytical, logical, and problem-solving skills
  • Mathematical background in areas such as statistics, linear algebra, differential equations, and numerical methods
  • Strong computational skills (C/C++, Fortran, MATLAB, Python, or equivalent)
  • Experience working on complex technical projects
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly motivated.  Possesses the ability to learn rapidly and work independently or on a team
  • Radar, IR sensor, and missile defense experience preferred

Company Overview:  SEG is a very highly regarded provider of air and missile defense threat engineering, and combat, radar, and missile systems engineering and analysis products.  SEG is a fast-paced, exciting, and expanding company working in numerous growth areas, with principal customers that include the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency, and industry.  SEG strikes a balance between the flexibility and personal feel of a small company and the rigorous and structured approach of a larger company, and offers outstanding compensation, benefits, and career growth opportunities.  SEG is headquartered in Columbia, MD and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephonics Corporation.

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Maryland

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