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Acoustics Analyst

Job Title: Acoustics Analyst| Location: Newport, RI |  Full-Time

Description of Work: PURVIS Systems is seeking an Acoustics Analyst to develop an acoustic system performance model for undersea warfare projects.


The Acoustics Analyst will:

  • Conduct acoustic system performance modeling for undersea warfare projects.
  • Develop and maintain models of underwater acoustic propagation and system performance, including acoustics sources and receivers.
  • Participate in data collection activities, analyze sonar system data, and then detail and present findings.
  • Conduct assessments of proposed equipment engineering and installation changes to identify the impacts to acoustic capabilities, and provide recommendations and alternative solutions.


  • Experience in developing acoustic system performance simulation models and comparing model outputs to actual data.
  • Knowledge of sonar signal processing, detection and estimation theory, adaptive signal processing, ocean-acoustic wave propagation, numerical methods, and data analysis.
  • Experience with U.S. Navy acoustic modeling programs such as Bellhop, NSPE, CASS/GRAB, WaveQ3D, KRAKEN, OASIS, Python, MATLAB, Scientific FORTRAN, embedded C/C++, Bayesian statistics and data fusion.
  • Experience working with Tactical Sonar Systems, such as Receiving Sets, Detecting and Ranging Sets, Sonar Communications, Computers, Sonar Interface Groups, and conducting field experiments.
  • Ability to interact with technical and non-technical customers to understand technical issues, frame potential solutions and develop collaborative projects.
  • Proactive self-starter with strong scientific curiosity, creativity, analytical, problem solving, skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Operational Navy experience is a plus.

BS in math, physics, engineering, or related disciplines, and 8 years of related experience in underwater acoustics and modeling.  Equivalent years of experience also acceptable.

Candidate must have or be able to obtain a government security clearance to the level of SECRET.

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    Comprehensive Benefits for Peace of Mind

    Health Benefits

    • Medical benefits – complete with a prescription plan – through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
    • Dental benefits through UNUM

    Financial Security

    • 401K Plan
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Group Life & Accidental Death Insurance

    Personal Advantages

    • Educational assistance
    • Paid-time off including paid holidays and vacation time
    • Sick leave
    • Voluntary benefits such as long-term disability insurance, voluntary life & AD&D insurance, and supplemental insurance including universal life coverage, accident coverage, cancer insurance and short-term disability insurance