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Lead AI Autonomous Systems and Robotics

Company: The MITRE Corporation
Location: Charlottesville
Posted on: June 5, 2024

Job Description:

Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges-and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day-working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE-and make a difference with us.

MITRE's Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy Innovation Center is home to an interdisciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team united by a passion to catalyze consequential use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). We are 200 strong and growing! We collaboratively work across government, industry, and academia to address complex AI and Autonomy challenges for the benefit of our nation. We apply our trusted technical expertise to enable the effective, assured, and responsible application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to critical government missions. MITRE aims to realize the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for public good.

Department Summary

MITRE's Artificial Intelligence Innovation Center's Robotics and Autonomous Systems Department is an innovative team of engineers focused on the development of cutting-edge autonomous systems, robotics capabilities, and AI solutions for a safer world. The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Department has an exciting opportunity for a Lead Autonomous Systems Expert. The right candidate will enjoy a fast-paced team environment, a broad array of challenging problems, and an opportunity to work with advanced technologies from across the field of autonomy. A successful candidate for this position will serve a critical role in enabling advanced autonomy capabilities both for our sponsors as well as internal efforts at MITRE.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Maintain knowledge of advances of autonomy and robotics capabilities in industry and academia

Leverage technical expertise to evaluate and improve AI/Autonomy system performance

Provide thought and team leadership centered around autonomy/AI technology adoption on robotics hardware and cloud-based computing environments

Develop, propose, and lead research in the field of autonomy and AI

Evaluate autonomy or AI solutions and provide guidance to sponsors based on their requirements

Work on topics in robotics-relevant fields, such as computer vision, deep learning, machine learning, planning, human machine teaming, and multi-robot systems

Build a team, capabilities, and work program in one of more growth area for Autonomous Systems (e.g., maritime autonomy, healthcare robotics, space robotics)

Help department and division execute strategy around enabling high-consequence applications of Autonomy, including necessary assurance, T&E, and societal implications

Basic Qualifications:

Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics, Systems Engineering, Computer Science, or Software Engineering, or similar field; or 6 years and a Master's degree; or a PhD with 3 years' experience; or equivalent combination of related education and work experience.

Understand the breadth of autonomous systems across different domains (DoD, Services, Intelligence Community, DHS, Industry and Academia)

Experience in robotics-relevant fields, such as computer vision, deep learning, machine learning, planning, human machine teaming, and multi-robot systems

Ability to articulate autonomy-specific challenges (in perception, reasoning, behaviors, collaborations), discuss critical issues, and identify gaps

Familiarity with the state of the art in the field

Knowledge of the challenges of developing autonomous and AI systems that are robust in real world scenarios

Must be a US citizen able to obtain and maintain a US government clearance **

Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, and Word

Must have demonstrated proficiency and strength in verbal, written, PC, presentation, and communications skills

Proven ability to work independently to learn new technologies, techniques, processes, languages, platforms, systems

Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with the ability to foster relationship development with sponsors

This position requires a minimum of 50% hybrid on-site

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced degree in technical field of study

Experience leading either technical or project teams, or serving as a group direct supervisor

Practical knowledge of simulation environments for AI/autonomous systems

Understanding of the Federal Government, specifically with relation to AI and Autonomy interests, missions, and organizations

U.S. Citizen with active/current DoD Secret Clearance

Experience developing machine learning solutions with modern toolchains, e.g. TensorFlow, MXNet, Scikit-Learn

Experience with robotics software and frameworks, e.g. ROS

Experience with object-oriented programming languages such as C++ and python

This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):


This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):


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