Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research & Sabbatical Leave Program
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego

U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab; dual citizens and permanent residents are eligible on a case by case basis.

SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pac) employs scientists and engineers with degrees in physical and biological sciences and engineering. An annual budget in excess of one billion dollars supports them, along with necessary technicians and administrative and contracts personnel. The primary facilities of SSC Pac are located in San Diego, California where over 2,200 scientists and engineers work.

SSC Pac is responsible for development of the technology to collect, transmit, process, display and, most critically, manage information essential to naval operations. Engineers and scientists at SSC San Diego develop the capabilities that allow decision-makers of the Navy, and the joint services, to protect their own forces and carry out their operational missions.

These capabilities include sensors to track submarines, surface ships and aircraft; communication networks and data links to transmit critical information; navigation systems to pinpoint position; command and control systems to process and display tactical information for officers in command.

To support the system engineering and integration functions that are key to SSC Pac’s efforts, the command also maintains research programs pushing the state-of-art in such diverse fields as atmospheric physics, electro-optics, underwater acoustics, engineering psychology, signal propagation and processing, artificial intelligence, material science, microelectronics, chemical oceanography, environmental and biological sciences.

SSC Pacific leadership and technology areas are:
  • Command, control and communication systems
  • Command, control and communication system countermeasures
  • Ocean surveillance systems
  • Command, control and communication modeling and analysis
  • Ocean engineering
  • Navigation systems and techniques
  • Marine mammals
  • Integration of space communication and surveillance systems
  • Environmental quality technology
  • Microelectronics
  • Signal processing
  • High-performance computing
  • Display technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Propagation (acoustic, radio, electro-optic)
Basic and applied research is performed in science and engineering disciplines relating to all of the areas listed above.