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Senior Autonomy Engineer

Location Beavercreek, United States
Posted 08-August-2021

Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) is seeking a Senior Autonomy Engineer for a position in Dayton, OH. The Autonomy Engineer will work with the Autonomy Lead to design and implement the autonomy core system (ACS) for the Air Force Vanguard program, Skyborg. Leidos is currently under contract to create a reference architecture and implementation for the core autonomy system that will autonomously control low-cost, teamed aircraft to provide pilots with key data to support rapid, informed decisions.

This position will focus on the continued development and integration of the Skyborg autonomy architecture, autonomy components, and autonomous behaviors while representing the Systems Design Agent (SDA) to our customers, our internal and external partners, and the community. The Autonomy Engineer will be responsible for leading a team of engineers to design, implement, and test object-oriented C++ software to support the Skyborg autonomy suite. This position also involves working within multiple agile software development teams contributing to the development of the autonomy architecture and prototyping autonomy capabilities. The Autonomy Engineer may also be responsible for working with third party developers to integrate advanced capabilities into the ACS.

This work is primarily located in Dayton, OH. However, there is a potential option to working remotely from the Arlington, VA or Huntsville, AL Leidos offices with occasional travel to Dayton, OH.

Primary Responsibilities
Work in tandem with the SDA Autonomy Lead to support the development of autonomous architecture subsystems and components that provide capabilities to support the Skyborg programLead engineers and scientists developing and delivering autonomous solutions in a range of technology areas, to include: Perception & situational understanding; Planning & decision-making; Behavior & action execution; Collaboration & manned-unmanned teamingServe as a leading technical expert on Autonomous Systems within Leidos and across the communityAssist Autonomy Lead in leading the design and development of an open and modular autonomy architectureLead multiple Agile sprint teams to implement an autonomy architecture and prototype autonomy capabilitiesWork with 3rd party vendors to identify relevant capabilities for integration into the Autonomy Core System
Coordinate with multiple internal and external partnersParticipate in peer reviews of design, code, and documentation

Basic Qualifications
U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain a Secret clearanceBachelors Degree in computer science, engineering degree, or related discipline with 12 years relevant experience or a Masters with 10 years relevant experience7+ years technical leadership within autonomous system projects in industry, academia, or government, including at least 5 years of technical leadership within major autonomous systems programsKnowledge and understanding of the guidance, standards, and regulations involved with autonomous system R&D and deploymentProven ability to design, articulate, and deliver complex, large-scale autonomous system solutions that are scalable, robust, secure, and resilientProven ability to lead teams to deliver clear, measurable value to program owners and end usersAbility to communicate effectively about autonomy architectures and autonomous behaviors with a broad range of audiences, from internal leaders to external customers and from sophisticated autonomy and AI researchers to those with little or no relevant background

Preferred Qualifications
TS/SCI preferred. The ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearance is strongly preferredEstablished relationships with leading autonomous systems and AI companiesExperience in designing solutions that optimize performance through advanced HW and software techniquesHands-on experience with one and familiarity with a broad range of autonomous systems development tools and modeling and simulation toolsExperience with and ability to formulate solutions using one or more open unmanned system architectures: OMS, JAUS, UMAA, UCS, or equivalentExperience designing, developing and deploying multi-platform teams of autonomous systems (e.g., swarms, heterogeneous teams, manned-unmanned teams, or collaborative teams)Familiarity with leading commercial and Open Source Autonomy / AI / ML / Data Science platformsExperience designing and developing software components in an Agile Scrum environment


External Referral Bonus:

External Referral Bonus $:

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Clearance Level Required:

Yes, 10% of the time

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