The University of Texas at Austin Engineering Scientist - GPS Data and Orbit Analyst in Austin, Texas

Engineering Scientist - GPS Data and Orbit Analyst

Hiring department

Applied Research Lab

Monthly salary

$6,250 - $10,833

Hours per week

40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM

Posting number


Job Status Open

FLSA status Exempt

Earliest Start Date Immediately

Position Duration Funding expected to continue

Position open to all applicants

Location Austin - J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)

Number of vacancies 1

General Notes

An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply

  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.

  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Note: The following additional materials are also required for consideration: Transcript. References must be former employers. Instructions for submission of these materials will be provided at the time the online application has been completed.

Additional Information


Provide detailed data analyses of GPS observation and navigation data collected from a global GPS tracking network and analyses of precise orbits supporting objectives related to assessing GPS constellation and tracking network performance in terms of data quality metrics and investigation anomalies.

Essential Functions

Perform analyses of precise GPS orbits, observation and navigation data from GPS and other GNSS using established algorithms and independently developing new algorithms as required using both Python and C++ software development and scripting. Analyze, characterize, and recommend changes to improve the system performance of a global GPS tracking network. Document progress and results of work. Provide guidance and assistance with technical analyses to other full time staff, external colleagues and student employees. Identify potential improvements in production of precise GPS/GNSS orbits and reference frame maintenance. Participate in project reviews and technical interface meeting to present analysis results to sponsors and other external organizations. Test and assess performance of GPS and GNSS receivers. Identify new methods of collection and analysis of GPS and other GNSS data. Present and publish work at professional conferences. Identify future analytical software and hardware resource requirements. Assist software development team in implementing analytical algorithms. Represent ARL:UT and sponsoring organizations in external forums pertaining to GPS/GNSS research, policy and inter-agency working groups. Assist with data archive organization and maintenance. Further develop knowledge of GPS and related domains through research or technical literature.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer or information science, or other applied sciences and three years direct experience in GPS, GNSS or closely related technical field. Significant experience interpreting, characterizing, and reporting data processing results and significant professional experience in data analysis software development. US Citizen: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position. Evidence of skills in the following areas: working with new technologies, being highly organized, planning and coordinating multiple tasks, effective time management, attention to detail, effective problem solving skills, using excellent judgment, working independently with sensitive and confidential information, maintaining a professional demeanor, working as a team member without daily supervision, effectively communicating with diverse groups of clients, working under pressure, accepting supervision and demonstrating regular/punctual attendance.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate degree(s) in Aerospace engineering and five or more years of directly relevant work experience. Five or more years full time relevant work experience with GPS data processing and analysis. Significant experience/skills developing data analysis tools with Python/C++. Experience with precise orbit determination including assessing accuracy and precision. Intermediate/in-depth knowledge of Kalman filters. Detailed knowledge/experience working with GPS observation and as-broadcast navigation data. Eligibility for immediate access to classified information. Intermediate/in-depth knowledge of GPS receiver operation and all GPS segments. Knowledge of other GNSS systems, signals, message content and experience processing data from said systems. History of publications in relevant journals and/or industry conferences. Experience with high fidelity GPS simulation equipment, software-defined GNSS receivers, or GPS Toolkit. Work experience with software configuration management processes and basic utilities and protocols. Experience with Linux/Unix. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 with a 3.5 in major coursework. Eligibility for immediate access to classified information.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions

May work around standard office conditions

May work around electrical and mechanical hazards

Use of manual dexterity

Climbing of ladders

Lifting and moving

Some weekend, evening and holiday work. May work in shared, windowless office space. Possible intrastate/interstate travel.

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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