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Senior Image Processing Engineer - BlackSky

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Job Title
Senior Image Processing Engineer
Job Location
Herndon, VA; Seattle, WA; Remote
Job Description

Senior Image Processing Engineer

BlackSky is a geospatial intelligence solutions provider that enables organizations to task, collect, and transform data from earth observation, global sensor networks, mobile devices, and social media to deliver on-demand insights about places, events, and assets that are critical to their operations. Blacksky provides satellite collection, data, and cloud based -processing and analytic solutions to organizations that are capitalizing on the exponential growth of a wide range of sensor and collection platforms for delivering the next generation of GEOINT and location intelligence solutions. BlackSky has extensive expertise and capabilities in commercial remote sensing, multi-source analytics, cloud computing, open-source software development, Amazon Web Services, and big data geospatial analytics. BlackSky provides solutions to commercial and government organizations with relevant programs with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), US. Army, and U.S. Air Force Research Labs.

Like our constellation of imaging satellites, our business is rapidly expanding. We are looking for an experienced Image Processing Engineer to join our Imaging Department. The Imaging Department is a hybrid hardware-software group dedicated to the performance of BlackSky's imagery product and its on-orbit imaging systems. As an Image Processing Engineer, you will directly contribute to the image processing pipeline that transforms raw pixels into imagery products.

While the locations listed in the job posting are ideal, we would love candidates near either our Herndon, VA or Seattle, WA offices. We may also consider remote candidates in certain states.


  • Lead the testing and development of automated processes for monitoring image quality and regression testing of the image processing pipeline.
  • Develop the algorithms and tools to process raw pixel values into imagery products.
  • Maintain those algorithms and tools throughout their operational life cycle, particularly in commercial operations.
  • Collaborate across the organization to improve our concepts of imaging operations, inform new sensor and satellite designs, and define new imagery products and capabilities.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of science, Bachelor of arts, or Masters in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, Remote Sensing, Geosciences, Computer Science or related engineering fields.
  • At least five years of experience developing image processing algorithms.
  • At least five years of experience developing software in Python.
  • Minimum of three years working with an operational imaging system.
  • A strong mathematical base in algorithm development, numerics, data processing, and uncertainty propagation.
  • A personality that enjoys working in a dynamic and collaborative environment.
  • Motivation to self-teach and the ability to thrive on challenging problems.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary Science, Remote Sensing, Geosciences, Computer Science or related engineering fields.
  • Experience developing image-processing and analysis pipelines.
  • Previous experience working with CCD and CMOS sensors.
  • Experience working with reflective and/or refractive telescopes.
  • Prior experience in processing geospatial or astronomical imagery.
  • Experience participating in an enterprise software development environment.

Life at BlackSky for full-time benefits eligible employees includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision, disability, group term life and AD&D, voluntary life and AD&D insurance
    • BlackSky pays 100% of employee-only premiums for medical, dental and vision and contributes $100/month for out-of-pocket expenses!
  • 15 days of PTO, 11 Company holidays, four Floating Holidays (pro-rated based on hire date), one day of paid volunteerism leave per year, parental leave and more
  • 401(k) pre-tax and Roth deferral options with employer match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance and Travel Assistance Programs
  • Employer matching donations
  • Professional development
  • Mac or PC? Your choice!
  • Awesome swag

The anticipated salary range for candidates in Seattle, WA is $130,000 to $150,000 per year. The final compensation package offered to a successful candidate will be dependent on specific background and education. BlackSky is a multi-state employer and this pay scale may not reflect salary ranges in other states or locations outside of Seattle, WA.

BlackSky is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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BlackSky Headquarters Location

Herndon, VA

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BlackSky Company Size

Between 200 - 500 employees

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