Staff Engineer, Perception Software Integration (R2657)

Washington DC Metro Area
Hivemind on X – AI Pilot /
This position is perfect for an individual who loves technology, solving complex challenges, wants to develop software for multiple projects, and write code with a motivated, diverse team. Shield AI is pushing the envelope by applying advanced AI solutions to real hardware systems. An ideal candidate should aspire to be a part of this industry-changing team developing and deploying advanced technology that can truly make an impact.

As a member of the Flight Systems team, you will conduct software development at the intersection of classical state estimation techniques, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and machine perception. You will develop cutting-edge technology that integrates Shield AI products with various perception systems.

What You'll Do:

    • Integrate Shield AI software with mission systems providing perception and state estimation outputs
    • Write production quality software in C++
    • Write test code to validate your software
    • Collaborate with hardware and test teams to validate your algorithms/code on aerial platforms
    • Write analyzers to ingest data and produce statistics to validate code quality
    • Enhance sensor models within a state-of-the-art simulation environment
    • Work in a fast-paced, collaborative, continuous development environment, enhancing analysis and benchmarking capabilities

Required Qualifications:

    • BS/MS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and/or similar degree, or equivalent practical experience 
    • Ability to develop, benchmark, debug, and deploy software-based algorithms 
    • Demonstrated problem solving skills by applying a scientific approach 
    • Typically requires a minimum of 7 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or 4 years with a PhD; or equivalent work experience
    • Demonstrated experience integrating and working with sensor payloads in the DoD space
    • Proficient with sensor fusion for noisy high-bandwidth exteroceptive sensors on compute-constrained systems
    • A solid foundation in theory related to state estimation, object detection,  data association, probabilistic robotics, and signal processing.
    • Experience working projects with 10+ contributors 
    • Offers Fast, efficient, effective problem solving approaches 
    • Exceptional collaborator and communicator 
    • Comfortability within Unix environments 
    • Hard-working, trustworthy teammate 
    • Exhibits holding themselves and others to high standards 
    • Being kind to others 
    • Ability to obtain a SECRET clearance 

Preferred Qualifications:

    • MS or greater in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and/or similar degree, or equivalent practical experience 
    • Understanding of robotics technologies related to autonomous behavior development e.g. task allocation or planning. 
    • Understanding/Experience with unmanned system technologies and accompanying algorithms (specifically air domain) 
    • Familiarity with high-fidelity simulation and sensor modeling
    • Working knowledge of Kalman Filter, Factor Graphs and other modern estimator fundamentals.
    • Strong working knowledge of Computer Vision with hands-on experience with OpenCV or similar CV libraries.
    • Experience developing sensor effects (control) algorithms.
    • Hands-on experience developing or implementing state of the art object detection/recognition pipelines.
    • Active SECRET clearance 
$189,887 - $284,831 a year