Senior Autonomous Systems Research and Development Engineer

Posted Date 2 months ago(6/17/2020 1:21 PM)
Requisition #
Security Clearance
Full Time
Job Category
Transportation Engineering


Noblis’ Federal Civilian Solutions (FCS) mission is to advance and protect our federal civilian government’s infrastructure, capabilities and citizen services through applied science, lifecycle engineering, data analytics, and digital transformation solutions. Our investments in technology, innovation, and talent enable us deliver transformative capabilities that fundamentally shift the way our civilian government delivers its services and solutions.


One emerging area with transformative implications for our clients is in unmanned and autonomous systems.  Noblis is increasingly engaged with our clients across the civil sector to explore how these systems may disrupt traditional aspects of land, sea, air, and space operations -- and how complex systems of autonomous machines are monitored, controlled, and secured.


Autonomous machines are active in an array of operational domains:  submarine/float platforms, automated roadway vehicles, drones/unmanned aircraft, orbital platforms, and extraterrestrial rovers.  Noblis is exploring how systems of multiple, connected, mobile autonomous machines can tackle complex problems no single machine, no matter how well designed, can manage in isolation.  Noblis thought leadership in autonomous systems has been recognized with seven international and domestic awards in the last two years.


To augment our award-winning autonomous systems research practice, we are seeking a highly qualified technical leader to develop innovative, practical, and cross-cutting solutions for our federal clients. The Federal Civilian Solutions client portfolio includes USDOT, FAA, NASA, NOAA, GSA, IRS, SSA, CMS, USPS, and FHWA.  Further, Noblis’ non-civilian clients (e.g., DoD, DHS) are actively seeking innovative self-organizing autonomous systems to meet their missions.


Job responsibilities include:

  • Lead Noblis’ research teams in Noblis lab facilities developing autonomy solutions across the FCS Mission Area/Noblis enterprise portfolio.  Perform hands-on hardware, software, and hardware/software integration activity while coordinating and directing team activity.
  • Envision, create, and deliver cooperative autonomous capability demonstrations.
  • Propose and lead innovative research as Principal Investigator within internally sponsored R&D program to anticipate client needs and deliver value; Convert research to client-funded projects and programs within an accelerated timeframe.
  • Propose, lead, and execute autonomy projects for FCS clients effectively aligning resources and technical staff to deliver mission outcomes.
  • Author/Co-Author papers tailored to target audiences:  client-focused deliverables, academic papers (some peer-reviewed), and white papers suitable for non-technical audiences.
  • Collaborate with the Mission Area VP and FCS Leadership team in business development activities related to autonomy across the Noblis client portfolio, including proposal development.
  • Engage in cross-mission area and cross-company strategic initiatives integrating autonomy within broader capabilities.
  • Work with and across multiple Noblis Centers of Excellence to spark cross-domain innovation, drive business growth, enhance client impact and create unique Noblis differentiators.

Client Engagement

· Contribute to large capture strategies, actively engage with clients, and market Noblis capabilities externally
· Foster appropriate identification and selection of business development opportunities, and provide thought leadership to help shape future work
· Win 2 task orders, identify big bets or take responsibility for a re-compete


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Graduate degree required, Ph.D. preferred.
  • 6 or more of years of post-undergraduate experience in research and development related to autonomous systems, particularly cooperative autonomous systems
  • Experience integrating complex hardware/software and wireless communications technologies to deliver capabilities in one or more autonomous use cases (land, sea, air, space). 
  • Relevant experience or understanding in fundamental areas such as positioning and timing, sensor/sensor fusion, machine learning, and robotics.
  • Hands-on experience in hardware/software integration, algorithmic development, embedded systems/IoT.
  • In-depth knowledge of commercially available technologies enabling autonomy (e.g., positioning, sensors, edge computing), open source software, and insight of the development trajectories of these commercially available technologies/capabilities.
  • Track record of relevant publications.
  • Strong presentation skills including the ability to adapt the level of technical presentation to specific audiences/venues.


Noblis and our wholly owned subsidiary, Noblis ESI, tackle the nation's toughest problems and apply advanced solutions to our clients' most critical missions. We bring the best of scientific thought, management and engineering expertise together in an environment of independence and objectivity to deliver enduring impact on federal missions. Noblis works with a wide range of government clients in the defense, intelligence and federal civil sectors. Learn more at Noblis -About Us


Why work at a Noblis company?

Our employees find greater meaning in their work and balance the other things in life that matter to them. Our people are our greatest asset. They are exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable, team-oriented, and mission-driven individuals who want to do work that matters and benefits the public. Noblis has won numerous workplace awardsNoblis maintains a drug-free workplace.


Noblis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race (as well as because of or on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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