Senior Principal Engineer- Early Stage R&D

United States /
Hivemind Command and Control – Hivemind Command and Control /
Full Time Employee
/ Remote
Introduction to Shield AI
Shield AI’s mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. Shield AI is a fast growing, venture-backed defense-technology company built around a team of proven executives, distinguished warfighters, and world-class AI engineers. Since 2018, Shield AI’s products and people have supported operations around the world with the US Department of Defense and our allies. Most recently, we acquired Heron Systems and Martin UAV as wholly owned subsidiaries of Shield AI. Join our team and shape the future of artificially intelligent systems. 

Job Description 
As part of the Early Stage Research and Development (ERD) team, you will help define the future architecture of our products, create technology demonstrations and produce reference implementations, and explore high-risk / high-ROI areas of technology development with a small, senior and fast-moving elite team. 

What you’ll do:

    • Technology Strategy Ideation: Create the required technologies for rapid development of architectures to facilitate technology strategy articulation. 
    • Iterate Rapidly with Customer Feedback: Demonstrate developed architectures as solutions to the customer and gather feedback; iterate. 
    • Create Reference Implementations: Create reference implementations for potential future products or product components 
    • Move Fast: Assemble a team and design and employ engineering processes that allow the team to move fast, unencumbered by challenges of a larger and evolving organization 
    • Execute low TRL R&D Projects:  Take-on and execute select low-TRL R&D projects to deliver contract requirements rapidly and with high gross-profit margins 
    • Explore Future Technologies: Explore and evaluate future hardware and software technologies that are relevant  to Shield AI’s product roadmap and potentially high-ROI, but beyond the scope of current Direct and IRAD projects in engineering 

Required qualifications:

    • Requires a minimum of 15 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 12 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 8 years experience; or equivalent experience. 
    • Expertise and deep experience with modern C++ (C++11 and beyond) 
    • Expertise in deep experience architectural design and implementation of large and complex distributed systems 
    • Experience with Git and code management tools.  
    • Passionate about developing high-quality and optimized software solutions.  
    • Excellent software hygiene regarding code documentation, unit testing, bug tracking.  
    • Strong technical collaboration skills and a desire to develop new skills.  
    • Excited by a fast-moving environment with a highly motivated group. 
    • You have a demonstrated record of working hard, being a trustworthy teammate, holding yourself and others to high standards, and being kind to others 

Preferred qualifications:

    • Experience with C++17 and greater 
    • Experience with in aerospace and/or robotics industries 
    • Hands-on experience with a major cloud platform (Azure, GCP, AWS) 
    • Experience with team leadership, or as a technical project lead 
    • Professional experience Linux environments 
    • Experience with containerization technologies like Docker and Kubernetes 

Salary Range: $184,355 - $300,790 Annually + Bonus + Benefits + Equity (if applicable)

Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. Information on the benefits offered is here.

If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now! 
Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. 
To conform to U.S. Government regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.