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Staff Scientist, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Assured Information Security, Inc.
United States
August 20, 2023

Assured Information Security (AIS) has an opening for a remote Staff Scientist. In this role you will focus on driving new research and development in advanced AI/ML to build a center of excellence around this discipline. The Staff Scientist will lead AI/ML research within AIS, representing the organization across customers and the broader research community.

AIS specializes in high-risk, high-reward research with a strong emphasis on early technology readiness levels (TRLs), primarily emphasizing fundamental research and early R&D across TRLs 1-4. Customer focus includes the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Army, as well as other emerging R&D-focused organizations. AIS performs fundamental research in areas that include reinforcement learning, transfer learning, explainability, computer vision, and natural language processing. In addition, AIS possesses expertise in applied AI/ML R&D across areas that include cyber operations, behavioral biometrics, modeling and simulation, cybersecurity, and audio exploitation.

The ideal candidate will be a recognized innovator in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning who will lead the expansion of a substantial R&D portfolio aligned with DoD and IC customer's needs. The candidate will advise fellow scientists, engineers, and support staff across multiple teams to secure innovative R&D projects, grow a technical team of talented experts, and pursue revolutionary results for high-risk, high-reward challenges. Additionally, the role will include strategic planning, publishing research, attending leading conferences, engaging with customers, supporting academic outreach, and mentoring junior staff.

A successful candidate will possess leading subject matter expertise in deep reinforcement learning, further benefitted by familiarity with one or more of the following: explainability, transfer learning, intelligent agents, adversarial learning, curriculum learning, policy optimization, lifelong learning, and semantic modeling. Additionally, a strong candidate would benefit from experience applying these techniques to modeling & simulation, cybersecurity, robotics, and/or other DoD-relevant areas. This position requires proficiency in written and oral communication, novel concept generation, and leadership of research teams.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Developing innovative research concepts within AI/ML
  • Designing solutions to customer AI/ML requirements
  • Leading and participating in research projects within the AI/ML domain
  • Leading technical aspects of proposal efforts
  • Recommending and mentoring junior staff in AI/ML disciplines
  • Publishing results of research in academic journals and presenting findings at conferences
  • Collaborating with customers, stakeholders, sponsors, prime-contractors, and subcontractors

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to obtain/maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Advanced degree in an artificial intelligence, machine learning, mathematics, or a related field
  • Subject matter expert in reinforcement learning, transfer learning, explainability, or related areas of research
  • Strong publication history in AI/ML
  • Proven technical leadership skills
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Relationships across the AI/ML academic community
  • Experience with machine learning frameworks and tools

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. level degree in an AI/ML related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience working with DARPA and other DoD/IC customers
  • Publications in leading AI/ML journals and conference proceedings
  • Proposal development experience

EOE/AA Disability/Veteran

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)