Navatek LTD, a privately-owned defense contractor is seeking a Scientist to work on a range of exciting Department of Defense research and design challenges. The candidate will have the opportunity to help lead ground-breaking research across a diverse range of applications in robotics and machine learning, including: unmanned underwater vehicles, unmanned surface vessels, multi-robot collaboration, human-machine interaction, and intelligent systems. The candidate will also have the opportunity to help steer the engineering and testing for a range of vehicles and autonomous systems for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Army. This position is an opportunity to join a group of talented engineers growing to fill the needs of the Department of Defense. This opportunity is located at the Arlington, VA office.

Job Summary/General Description:
The ideal candidate will have a PhD in robotics, electrical engineering, or related discipline. Must be willing to work on a range of basic and applied research projects including: design of future robotic systems and sensors, autonomous control logic, simulation-based performance evaluation, and new developments in machine learning and intelligent systems. Candidate should be able to thrive in a research environment – identify technical gaps in the state-of-the-art and translate client needs into system or research requirements, manage a project from conceptualization through proof-of-concept, and clearly communicate results to stake holders. Periodic travel between Honolulu, HI and Providence, RI necessary for project management.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Research and development: problem identification, requirements definition, new theory development, analysis, experimentation.
  • Engineering of perception and control systems and systems of systems for new vehicles, modeling & simulation, and software applications.
  • Provide technical supervision to engineering teams, as needed.
  • Communicate results to stakeholders in the Department of Defense.
  • Support development of new business opportunities: gap analysis, client relations, proposal writing.
Education and Experience:
  • PhD in Robotics, Electrical Engineering, or related field, from an accredited college or university.

Position Requirements:
  • Highly motivated, self-starter who can take new ideas and execute solutions in an independent environment.
  • Strong record of managing robotics and machine learning projects for clients in the defense or automotive industries may be considered in lieu of a PhD.
  • Experience with US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and/or Air Force a plus.
  • Must show proof of work eligibility in the United States.
  • US Citizenship required.
This position will be located at Arlington, VA office. Employment is contingent upon successfully passing an employee background check and post-offer drug screen.

This is a non-management position
This is a full time position

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