As a Senior Scientist in the Planning and Autonomous Control Technologies (PACT) directorate, you will apply your knowledge from the fields of Mathematics, Operations Research, Control, or Computer Science to design and develop innovative concepts, algorithms, models, and architectures for state-of-the-art Mission Planning, Autonomy, and Control Technology (MPACT) systems. These MPACT systems provide mission level control of autonomous air, land, sea, and space vehicles and the sensors, weapons, and communications payloads they carry. Vehicles operate either independently, in teams, or as part of large swarms, across domains, with human supervision ranging from tight control to full independence. You will:
Apply existing algorithms, principles, and concepts to the development of MPACT systems
Contribute to the development of new algorithms, principles, and concepts
Work independently under general direction toward agreed-upon goals and objectives
Prototype and test algorithms and solutions
Work with software engineers to transition prototypes to robust applications
May lead small research efforts (1 – 3 person) overseeing activities of other personnel
Interact directly with current and potential customers to understand their unique problems and guide research and development efforts to meet their needs
Work with senior staff to support business development through identification of business opportunities, idea generation, writing technical sections of proposals, and customer interactions
The position may require occasional travel. This position offers significant opportunities for career growth in the leadership and development of scientific and mathematical software applications and algorithms.
Planning and Autonomous Control Technologies (PACT) is a directorate within the BAE Systems FAST Autonomy, Control, and Estimation technology group (FL ACE). PACT is a high growth, entrepreneurial organization that develops state-of the-art Mission Planning, Autonomy, and Control Technology components and systems for many customers in the defense industry. Today’s warfighters and intelligence analysts are overwhelmed with data and tasks from a variety of manned and unmanned vehicle systems. PACT helps the warfighter become more effective and efficient in managing networks of heterogeneous vehicles and payloads (e.g., multi-INT surveillance, weapons, non-traditional ISR), by developing automation performing tasks ranging from offloading manual asset control to enabling platforms to operate autonomously while abiding by physical and operational constraints.
Degree in Mathematics, Operations Research, Control, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or a related field with either a PhD with research experience or with an MS and 3+ years of experience
Experience performing research and development
Experience prototyping and testing algorithms with Matlab, Python, R, C++, Java, or other languages
Current US Citizenship (for obtaining security clearance)