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 systems engineering, 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 Seattle, WA office.
General Description: The ideal candidate will have a PhD in robotics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related discipline. Must be willing to work on a range of basic and applied research projects including: design of future manned and 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 Arlington, VA 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.
Qualifications / Requirements
  • PhD in Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or similar field
  • Strong record of engineering projects for clients in the defense or automotive industries may be considered in lieu of a PhD.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter who can take new ideas and execute solutions in an independent environment.
  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Experience with US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and/or Air Force a plus.

Employment is contingent upon successfully passing an employee background check and post-offer drug screen.

This is a full time position

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