Battelle Memorial Institute Physicist in Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

Primary Function

Battelle’s Aviation Security Division is seeking a physicist to lead research and development projects on X-ray based security technologies. Project work will involve material characterization, algorithm and software development, image processing, machine learning, statistical analysis, and associated research, development, test and evaluation of screening systems.

Major Responsibilities

This specific project is supporting the implementation of image quality-based standards to evaluate X-ray-based screening technology performance for acceptance testing, operational health, and performance degradation over time.

  • Candidates will be responsible for maintaining software algorithms, developing new algorithms, applying machine learning methods for performance health monitoring, and developing statistical methods to support test and evaluation events.

  • The individual should have strong programming experience, algorithm development expertise, and be versed in the use of machine learning methods to support advanced data analytics.

  • The qualified candidate will be the primary interface to the client and lead a team of scientific staff in the capture of data, development of analytical techniques, software and algorithm development, and SOP development and validation.

Position Requirements


  • Ph.D. in physics, or related field from an accredited college or university with 5-10 years of post-doctorate experience

  • Applied experience in signal processing of X-ray CT image data through the generation of MATLAB software (or similar software language, i.e. Python)

  • Must have strong background in X-ray imaging physics, with experience in characterizing materials, feature extraction, and segmentation techniques.

  • Experience with multivariate statistical and simulation techniques (e.g. multiple regression, principal components analysis, cluster analytics, discriminate function analysis, and Monte Carlo simulations)

  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Must have ability to work well in a diverse team environment and lead project activities with minimal supervision

  • Must be able to thrive in a dynamic environment with constant shifting of priorities and work load to address shifting project work

  • Must have experience leading team of 3-5 scientists and/or engineers for major program/project

  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen and must be able to obtain a DoD Secret Level security clearance.

  • Candidate must also be able to obtain both TSA and DHS Suitability

  • Candidate must be willing and able to travel. (25%)


  • Already possess DoD Secret Clearance

  • Experience with explosives detection security technologies

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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