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Sr Principal Scientist

Reston, VA, USA | BAE Systems

  • Industry:
    Airlines/Aviation/Aerospace
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Biotech/R&D/Science
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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Looking to make a difference developing disruptive technologies? Solving the Defense and Intelligence Communities’ hardest problems with innovative software and hardware solutions, BAE Systems FAST Labs is technology’s leading-edge destination for thought leaders. FAST Labs, the research arm of BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems, is searching for a Senior Principal Scientist (SPS) to develop new artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies in the Special Activities Exploitation (SAX) technical area. The SPS will collaborate with chief scientists to lead the design, development, and implementation of state-of-the-art AI/ML algorithms for complex problems, including predictive analytics, sense making, contextual reasoning, activity based intelligence (e.g., anomaly detection, patterns of life, behavior recognition), autonomy, and other areas. The SPS will act as principal investigator on research and development projects involving machine learning for programs within SAX as well as across FAST Labs, develop prototypes that will enable autonomous functionality in BAE Systems products, and interact directly with customers to define new AI/ML research and development programs.


Key skills for this role are:

Experience with AI/ML technologies and architectures.

Experience in the design, development, execution, and implementation of research projects involving complex sub-systems.

Experience interacting with external customers, companies, and academic institutions.

Record of authoring/co-authoring external publications (conference papers/presentations, journal articles, and books).

Demonstrated written and oral communication and presentation skills for technical reporting and briefing customers on technical concepts.

This position is based at our Burlington, MA facility, though locations in Durham, NC and Reston, VA are also available.


Typical Education & Experience


Required Skills and Education

Track record of research in AI/ML technologies.

Proficient in software prototype development, problem decomposition, and analysis tools (e.g., MATLAB, Python, Java, etc.).

Knowledge of AI/ML application areas, including signal processing, predictive analytics, contextual reasoning, activity based intelligence, autonomy, computer vision, natural language processing, and other areas.

Experience working and collaborating on multi-disciplinary teams, including managing and leading technical teams, and mentoring less experienced scientists.

Master’s degree in a science or engineering discipline with at least 6 years professional research experience.

Eligible for a Top Secret clearance.


Preferred Skills and Education

Experience with modeling and simulation on CPU and/or GPU architectures.

Familiarity with software engineering concepts, languages, and processes

Demonstrated record of professional research publications

PhD degree in a science or engineering discipline

Active Top Secret/SCI clearance


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