Senior Robotics Systems Engineer - Autonomy Lab with Security Clearance

Software Engineering Institute
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 18, 2024
Jun 16, 2024
Engineering, Systems
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Consulting
What We Do: At the SEI AI Division, we conduct research in applied artificial intelligence and the engineering questions related to the practical design and implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies and systems. We currently lead a community-wide movement to mature the discipline of AI Engineering for Defense and National Security. As our government customers adopt AI and machine learning (ML) technologies to provide leap-ahead mission capabilities, we: build real-world, mission-scale AI capabilities through solving practical engineering problems
discover and define the processes, practices, and tools to support operationalizing AI for robust, secure, scalable, and human-centered mission capabilities
prepare our customers to be ready for the unique challenges of adopting, deploying, using, and maintaining AI capabilities
identify and investigate emerging AI and AI-adjacent technologies that are rapidly transforming the technology landscape Are you creative, curious, energetic, collaborative, technology-focused, and hard-working? Are you interested in making a difference by bringing innovation to government organizations and beyond? Apply to join our team. Position Summary: As a Senior Robotics Systems Engineer you will identify, shape, apply, conduct, and lead engineering research that matches critical U.S. government needs. The AI for Autonomy Lab researches and demonstrates the application of AI-related technologies for increasing the effectiveness of autonomous systems. Requirements: BS in Computer Science or related discipline with 10 years of experience; OR MS in the same fields with 8 years of experience; OR PhD with 5 years of experience.
Flexible to travel to other SEI offices in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Moderate (25%) travel outside of your home location.
You will be subject to a background investigation and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.
Applicants for this position must be currently legally authorized to work for CMU in the United States. CMU will not sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa for this opportunity.
Duties: Solution Development: You'll work with and lead interdisciplinary teams to turn research results into prototype operational capabilities for government customers and stakeholders.
Hands-on Prototyping: You'll conduct and lead novel prototyping in applied artificial intelligence with a focus on autonomy and uncrewed systems (multi-domain).
Strategy: You'll work with AI Division leaders and colleagues to plan, develop, and carry out an overall research and engineering strategy, and to influence the national research and engineering agenda regarding future technology.
Collaboration: You'll actively participate on teams of AI/ML engineers, software developers, researchers, designers, and technical leads. You'll build relationships and collaborate with external thought leaders, government customers, and other stakeholders to monitor the autonomy landscape and understand challenges, needs, possible solutions, and research and engineering directions.
Mentoring: You'll contribute to improving the overall technical capabilities of the team by mentoring and teaching others, participating in technical design and planning sessions, and sharing insights and wisdom across the SEI AI Division.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Deep Technical Knowledge: You have performed extensive research or engineering activities in applied machine learning and artificial intelligence for robotic systems. You have applied systems engineering principles to multiple phases of the engineering lifecycle for AI-enabled autonomous systems, and understand the requirements for successful deployment and operation of complex, mission systems. Robotics & Autonomy: You have a strong understanding of robotics principles and design techniques for air, sea, or land-based vehicles. You have experience applying AI technology within these domains and understand the related implications and challenges. Your experience includes areas such as navigation, collision avoidance, multi-agent collaboration, object search/tracking, and human-machine teaming. You have a strong grasp of AI approaches to planning and control, to include robotic control, motion planning, task planning, and battle management. Experience with reinforcement learning preferred. You are familiar with modeling and simulation and their role in training and testing.
Test & Evaluation: You have designed and conducted test and evaluation activities for AI-enabled autonomous systems. You have extensive experience implementing system, subsystem, and AI component testing practices to inform overall autonomous system evaluation.
Applied Full-Stack Implementation: You have strong development experience and can design and implement software and systems resources for packaging and managing requirements for AI/ML prototypes. You frequently use tools like Docker to manage software resources and pipeline orchestration. You may have experience building applications in cloud platforms (Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform).
Communication and Collaboration: You have strong written and verbal communication skills and can interact collaboratively and diplomatically with customers and colleagues. You grasp the big picture, direction, and goals of an effort while focusing great attention to detail. You can present complex ideas to diverse audiences, from subject matter experts to high-level strategic decision makers.
Creativity and Innovation: You are creative and curious, and you are inspired by the prospect of collaborating with premier members of the technical staff and other visionaries at Carnegie Mellon and other universities and organizations. You quickly learn new procedures, techniques, and approaches. You are forward-looking and can connect research and engineering with practical, mission applications.
Knowledge and Learning: You possess broad technical interests along with a deep knowledge of a particular field such as autonomy and adaptive systems, electronic warfare, predictive maintenance, or natural language generation.
Other Requirements: Thought Leadership and Publications: You have a track record of synthesizing lessons learned from research or engineering activities for publication. You have a reputation for the highest level of research and engineering integrity. You have demonstrated contributions and have published research, code (e.g., models, data, software applications), or technical (thought leadership) perspectives.
Familiarity with Emerging Trends and Opportunities: You are familiar with technical challenges and emerging trends in robotics and computing and information science, and you are aware of opportunities in industry and government. Technical Leadership: You have led technical projects and have experience collaborating across teams and mentoring other researchers or engineers.
Proposals: You have formulated and delivered successful research proposals to funding agencies and led the resulting projects.
Government projects: You have worked or are familiar with Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army, Space Force, DARPA, IARPA, Service Labs, or other government research sponsors Location
Arlington, VA, Pittsburgh, PA
Job Function
Software/Applications Development/Engineering
Position Type
Staff - Regular
Full time/Part time
Full time
Pay Basis
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