You are viewing a preview of this job. Log in or register to view more details about this job.

GPS Systems and Data Analysis Internship

The Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Data & Analysis Center (DAC) is offering an internship opportunity at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland.

What will I be doing?

The participant will apply mathematical, analytical and computer science principles to develop and improve capabilities for managing data to meet needs of the Data and Analysis Center. 

Why should I apply?

Under the guidance of a mentor, you will gain hands-on experience to complement your education and support your academic and professional goals. Along the way, you will engage in activities and research in several areas. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Engage in technology performance data at the item level and develop methodology and computational processes to translate this data into information sets compatible with the models and tools used
  • Gain experience in how to develop and refine methodology to properly represent the physical layers as well as the behavioral processes of the technologies; update methodologies as needed to reflect the evolving design/architecture of the Army’s N/PNT/ISR capabilities and new environments of interest such as urban and foliage
  • Gain experience as they assist analyses and studies by creating and tracking the task and work schedule, creating or using the proper tools, contributing to analysis tasks, developing reports and presenting briefings.

Project examples include:

  • Develop realistic models of direct GPS satellite acquisition for military receivers
  • Assess and validate existing engineering-level models of Controlled Reception Pattern Antennas (CRPAs), and develop medium-fidelity representations for use in combat simulations
  • Research different stochastic filtering approaches to determine the best navigation performance that can be obtained from commercial satellite constellations of interest
  • Determine GPS system vulnerabilities and develop realistic attack methodologies and countermeasures
  • Assess feasibility of using various complementary technologies to supplement GPS in hostile environments by analytic methods and model development
  • Investigate effects of different stochastic filtering architectures on navigation system performance with measurements from GPS, INS, and other complementary sensors
  • Develop and test multi-path mitigation algorithms for GPS receivers using high-fidelity code tracking loop model; extend to jamming countermeasures where applicable
  • Investigate applications of genetic algorithms and neural networks to optimization problems arising in communications network and navigation system modeling
  • Investigate applications of quantum computing to estimation and optimization problems occurring in communications network and navigation system modeling.

Where will I be located?

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

What is the appointment length?

This appointment is a 12-month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by DEVCOM-DAC. Stipends are typically based on a participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location.

Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement (Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE)
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance


The Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Data & Analysis Center (DAC) is an Army Futures Command organization that conducts a variety of critical analyses to provide state-of-the-art analytical solutions to senior level Army and Department of Defense officials. The Data & Analysis Center's responsive systems analysis supports the "Equipping" and "Sustaining" of weapons and materiel for our Soldiers in the field as well as our Future Army Force.


This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and DoD. Participants do not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DoD or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. For more information, visit the ORISE Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.


The qualified candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics, engineering, statistics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or similar disciplines, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. Experience with one or more computer programming languages (C#, VBA, C++, R, Python, etc.) and/or MATLAB is desired. Preferred course work: Linear Algebra, Probability Theory/Stochastic Processes, Digital Signal Processing, Control System Theory, Stochastic Filtering, Space-Time Adaptive Processing or Space-Frequency Adaptive Processing antenna design, and/or GPS receiver design.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/30/2022 11:59:00 PM
  • Overall GPA: 3.00