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Chief Engineer, Group 4/5 UAS (R2020)

Shield AI

Shield AI

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Introduction to Shield AI
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies.
Job Description:
Are you a passionate, innovative, experienced engineer looking to help develop state-of-the-art AI and robotics products? Are you eager to make a positive difference in the world? Do you want to work alongside mission driven and values focused teammates? Shield AI is just the place for you!
This role is perfect for an individual who wants to solve complex technical problems associated with deployment of advanced autonomy solutions on Group 4-5 UAS. In this role, you are the technical authority responsible for architecture, design, risk, and quality of execution on a project. You will drive day-to-day execution in collaboration with the Project Management. In this role you will be responsible for standing up engineering teams, assigning technical objectives, making key decisions on issues, and are the authority that approves the quality and completeness of the technical output. An ideal candidate should aspire to be a part of this industry-changing team developing and deploying advanced technology in the defense technology space.

Candidate experiences and expectations:

  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, and/or similar degree
  • 15+ years of industry experience in autonomy and/or DoD aircraft systems (manned or unmanned)
  • 7+ years of delivering software into production environments with high-reliability and high uptime (e.g., thousands of users, 99% uptime)
  • Understanding of the full robotics autonomy stack (e.g., controls, estimation, perception, planning, etc.)
  • Understanding of core machine learning concepts ranging from simple, binary supervised learning to the state-of-the-art in reinforcement learning
  • Understanding of software development processes and how to effectively deploy software to real world devices.
  • Understanding of autonomous behavior development and required sensor integration
  • Experience defining technical scope and managing technical requirements, product architectures, ICDs and other system level design documentation
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills by applying a scientific technical approach
  • Be a customer facing engineering leader supporting government and internally funded development programs
  • Contribute to government contract proposal writing
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent leadership skills, driving a team of 6-20 engineers
  • Secret clearance or above required for this role
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Total compensation: Salary within range listed above + 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. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check.
Location guidelines-
Onsite = 5 days/week in office
Hybrid = Minimum 3 days/week in office
Remote = Remote but able to come to the office as requested for business needs
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.