Senior Level Artificial Intelligence Technical Expert (DE)

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Analyst, Intelligence
Full Time


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking a technical expert to advance the shared understanding of how to best implement the opportunities presented by Artificial Intelligence. The role will provide technical expertise in developing solutions for real-world, large-scale problems using Artificial Intelligence at the USPTO.

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The primary role of the Senior Level Artificial Intelligence Expert will be to provide leadership and expertise in bridging the gap between areas of opportunity for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Research Scientist(s) developing proof of concepts to Software Engineer(s) putting AI into production by possessing deep understanding of trends and strategies for identifying solutions to meet mission critical business areas of opportunity. The Senior Level for AI will also be responsible for the following:
  • Providing expert technical advice to Chief Information Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer and participating in high-level decision-making regarding production and operational implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) infrastructure/architecture throughout the enterprise including expert knowledge of state-of-the-art approaches;
  • Demonstrate thought leadership to advise on AI and automation strategy and detailed use cases development by business units;
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of security and Artificial Intelligence and ability to convey understanding of implications of training data;
  • Demonstrate capabilities of knowledge representation, learning and search: graph/ontology/taxonomy experts to design and maintain knowledge representations or metadata structures and apply these in learning processes, knowledge storage, search, navigation and retrieval;
  • Lead strategy engagements with mission critical internal business units to create clear and actionable strategic AI roadmaps and supporting business cases that both delineate a broader end-game, while also prioritizing quick wins with near-term measurable impact;
  • Actively develop and maintain client relationships with senior leadership as an advisor on Artificial Intelligence;
  • Advising and evaluating requirements for IT procurement solicitations related to Artificial Intelligence;
  • Facilitates and collaborates patent and trademark stakeholders to elicit, analyze, and define software features and functionality consistent with customer needs, expectations, and constraints supporting mission driven Artificial Intelligence;
  • Identifying and communicating tangible business benefits and overseeing the preparation of step-by-step transition guides to ensure successful adoption and implementation of new methodologies;
  • Experience discussing a wide range of strategic imperatives across functional, operational and technological issues;
  • Practical Business and Technical Architecture experience (business / operation models, personas, process modelling); and
  • Meeting with external stakeholders, gathering feedback, and designing flexible solutions to unite conflicting stakeholder views.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel will be necessary.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) will be required upon appointment.


Candidates must provide evidence that is related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Specialized Experience. Specialized experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required qualifications set forth below.

The Specialized Experience for this position is:

1. Proven leadership roles and skills related to Artificial Intelligence implementation with professional experience in applied implementation of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Expert Systems Evolutionary Computation, Robotic Process Automation, voice recognition, gaming theory, image search, video surveillance, predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, natural language processing, aggregating, extracting, and analyzing complex big data (complex information such as human speech or unstructured text); deep learning algorithms, and neural network feedback loops.

2. Proven experience in applications of AI in decision augmentation.

3. Ability to lead in fast paced and dynamic environment.

4. Proven public sector and/or corporate experience leadership with major deep learning initiatives that resulted in measurable improvements with a sound Al strategy aligned with an overall (digital) business strategy.

Candidates must provide evidence that is related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ). Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional/technical qualifications set forth below.

Professional Technical Qualifications: Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess technical attributes in the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

The Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) for this position are:

1. Demonstrated senior level experience leading organizational change management to drive large, cross-functional artificial intelligence programs involving coordination with multiple stakeholders at various levels of the organization.

2. Demonstrated senior level experience defining and articulating enterprise data management, strategic vision and translating it into implementable steps for intelligence operationalization.

3. Demonstrated senior level experience defining and articulating enterprise architecture, strategic vision and translating it into implementable steps for artificial intelligence operationalization.

4. Demonstrated experience using various technologies of artificial intelligence within an organization

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


A strongly preferred candidate would have an educational level of PhD and/or Masters or at minimum a bachelors in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Math, Engineering, or other technical related field.

Additional information

Probationary Period - If selected, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

This is a Non Bargaining Unit position. This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "high".

Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation

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All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Relocation expenses and or Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, requires senior officials in the executive, legislative and judicial branches to file public reports of their finances as well as other interests outside the Government. If selected for this position you will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278). You will need to provide the information annually. The OGE 278 is available to the public. The primary purpose of disclosure is to assist agencies in identifying potential conflicts of interest between a filer's official duties and the filer's private financial interests and affiliations.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

In order to be considered for this position, you must demonstrate in your application package that you meet the key requirements for the job, answer the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs), and submit a detailed resume that supports your answers to the PTQs and specialized experience.

Your responses to the PTQs, specialized experience and resume will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a rating and ranking panel. The highly qualified candidates will be submitted to the Selecting Official for further review and consideration.

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score. Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application consists of:
  • A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience. Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.
  • Your responses to the Specialized Experience Statements. Do not write "see " resume. Input narrative responses when prompted. Please Note: Responses to the specialized experience statements that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.
  • Your narrative responses to the Professional Technical Qualification (PTQs). Do not write "see " resume. Input narrative responses when prompted. Please Note: Responses to the PTQs that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.
  • Transcripts demonstrating educational background.

  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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