Cognitive Collective

Helping you find your next career in AI. Learn more about the job board on the Scale blog.

Are you a scaling AI startup? Email to be added to our board.

Senior Engineer, Autonomy

Shield AI

Shield AI

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2024
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.
The Hivemind Solutions team is responsible for applying our AI reference pilot to a variety of complex customer use cases. As an Autonomy Engineer, you will be responsible for integrating the Shield AI reference pilot onto various aerial platforms. You will develop and tailor autonomous behaviors to fit the customer need. You will be responsible for interacting with Hivemind Test teams to test, analyze, and ensure autonomous behaviors meet requirements and assist with flight testing and deployment.

What You'll Do:

  • Participate in the development of autonomy solutions, tailoring the AI reference pilot to specific platforms and use cases for our customers. Utilize your background in autonomy and mission CONOPs to ensure a robust and reliable solution.
  • Focus on the implementation of tasks and behaviors to enable multi-agent collaborative behaviors that adapt to their changing environment.
  • Participate in the evaluation and analysis of autonomy solutions - rigorously test your solutions using our simulation & analytics framework, working with our Hivemind Test teams to identify and correct issues.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering or similar degree
  • 5+ years of applied industry experience in the fields of robotics/autonomy development with a Bachelor’s degree; or 4 years and a Master’s degree; or 2 years with a PhD; or equivalent work experience.
  • Familiar with Unix environments
  • Strong C++ development experience in a Linux environment
  • Demonstrated ability working in large groups (10+), working in shared codebases
  • Use of git source code management
  • Experience with software engineering process concepts such as CI/CD
  • Experience with containerization tools such as Docker
  • Ability to work independently in a team-based environment
  • Ability to obtain a SECRET clearance
  • Willing to work/relocate to the DC metroplex

Preferred qualifications:

  • Active Secret Clearance or higher
  • MS or greater in computer science, aerospace/mechanical engineering, or equivalent degree/experience
  • Experience in multi-agent coordination and behaviors
  • Experience in DoD specific technologies related to autonomous aircraft and mission relevant environments
Total package details:
Regular employee positions: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity
Temporary employee positions: Hourly within range listed above + temporary benefits package (applicable after 60 days of employment)
*Interns/Military Fellows/Part-time not eligible for bonus, benefits or equity
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 and possible reference check.
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.