Artificial Intelligence / Autonomy Engineer (MITRE National Security Accelerator Program)

The MITRE Corporation
Mclean, VA
Nov 23, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Full Time
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If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE"A cents € and make a difference with us.MITRE's National Security Accelerator Program (is seeking highly motivated, early career candidates passionate about solving problems for a safer world.Currently Hiring for January 2022!This program will provide unique work opportunities, onboarding, and mentoring to build your skills as a future leader. You will accelerate your career while preparing for impactful, rewarding work at MITRE. Successful candidates will gain exposure and experience in topics of common interest to the entire national security community. Our goal is to prepare you to thrive in a technically rooted, mission-focused career at MITRE - one where the unique background, skill set, and experience you bring inspires creative and innovative solutions.You will interact with a diverse group of program peers, MITRE national security leaders, and staff solving real-world problems. Over the course of this structured six-month program, you will hone your skills and develop strong professional networks in the national security sector and across our Innovation Centers, helping solve critical national challenges. Before transitioning to MITRE's permanent national security or technical staff, you will benefit from the following program pillars:An intensive, experiential onboarding programFocused mentoring with MITRE national security leaders and experts in your fieldAn in-depth rotational work programJob Responsibilities:Working alongside MITRE mission specialists and engineers, you will be supporting a national security sponsor while helping to design, develop, and implement solutions and technologies to address the artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy challenges of our government sponsors. You will learn about MITRE sponsor missions and apply your technical knowledge and skills to problem-solving and innovation. At the culmination of the Accelerator Program , you will become part of MITRE's National Security team focused on sponsor missions with a strong technical background enabling you to be a future leader in the company.From robotics to enhanced decision-making, you will learn to apply AI and autonomous engineering expertise, innovative concepts, and technology solutions to address every facet of our sponsor's AI and autonomy challenges to include:Artificial intelligenceAutonomous systemsComputational linguisticsComputer visionWhat are some examples of the projects that I might work on?Using AI to improve situational awareness for robotics in denied environmentsImproving autonomy to reduce cognitive load on intel analysts or robotic system operatorsUse of natural language processing techniques to sort through millions of intelligence documents and summarize their contentDevelop tools that will analyze the state of the battlefield and make recommendations to commandersResearch and assessment of feasibility of current technologies applied to sponsor problemsWhat does an ideal MITRE Accelerator AI or Autonomy Engineer bring to the position?Hands-on experience gained from previous work experience or relevant intern/co-op workApplied knowledge of AI or autonomy principles, tools, and devicesProficiency in multiple learning techniques and the languages required to implement themInterdisciplinary background, with at least of one of those disciplines being artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical fieldEvidence of being a life-long learner, with a passion for the fieldHigh-level desire to help our nation solve critical problemsRequired Qualifications:Bachelor of Science in computer science, computational linguistics, statistics, applied mathematics, robotics, electrical engineering, or a related technical field and 2 years of relevant experienceProgramming experience in C/C++, Python, R, or similarExperience in one or more areas of AI-focused computer science, such as Natural Language Processing, Neural Networks, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Algorithmic Foundations of Optimization, Quantum Information Science, Data Science, Software Engineering or similarPreferred Qualifications:1-3 years of experience in AI or autonomy principles, tools, and devicesExperience working projects related to national security for one or more government agenciesInterdisciplinary background, with evidence of continual learningStrong theoretical background in at least two learning techniques: supervised (eg, support vector machines, regression, decision trees), unsupervised (eg, clustering, neural networks), or reinforcementDemonstrated experience applying supervised and unsupervised techniques to structured dataExperience with more than one toolkit for implementing AI/ML algorithms (eg, TensorFlow, OpenAI Gym)Ability to visualize and interpret patterns in data for a non-technical audienceFamiliarity with data management best practicesFamiliarity with DevOps patterns and practicesrequisition 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):MITRE requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 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