Scientist/Engineer: Distributed Systems State
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 8/23/2019

Opportunity Description

Scientist/Engineer: Distributed Systems State Estimation Recent graduate with a PhD in control systems, electrical, mechanical engineering, computer science, material science, mathematics, physics or other appropriate discipline Description: ARL requires one full time engineering research scientist/engineer fellow in “Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)” research to enable GPS denied navigation of dismounted Soldiers and intelligent systems in complex military relevant environments. Specifically, the opportunity will develop novel theories, develop experiments to validate, and hardware to implement solutions to the problem of: How do we correlate the multi-dimensional frames of distributed, heterogeneous, mobile and disparate sensor nodes when the assumptions of rigid body and fixed-known distance between nodes are relaxed? This person will be expected to lead their own research efforts. This person will be expected to publish first author efforts in peer reviewed literature; contribute technically to peer reviewed literature in diverse areas within and outside of the team; and, develop experimental and transition efforts across the team. This opportunity will involve a mix of skill sets ranging including developing theories supporting distributed state estimation and validating those theories in hardware. This opportunity is expected to do research fluidly in Linux, ROS, Matlab, C/C++. Required Skills and Knowledge: • A thorough understanding of deterministic, non-linear controls. Liner-algebra and online observers. • A solid foundation in machine vision, specifically looking at embedded computation on mobile platforms. • Fluency in C++, Java, python and other languages commonly used for data science • Familiarity and experience with prototyping in MATLAB; fluency in Linux and Windows development environments • Ability to generate technical documentation, such as standard operating procedures, git releases, etc., of results and software • Good communication and presentation skills with a demonstrated experience with generating and presenting conference and peer reviewed publications. Desired Skills and Knowledge: • Familiarity with Robot Operating System (ROS), Apache Thrift, Lightweight Communications and Marshalling (LCM), or other commonly used transport protocols for distributed and embedded computing environments • Familiarity with Operator Theory. • Proficiency with integrated development environments, revision management systems such as Git/svn, and other tools for building large applications • Understanding of, and experience programing and integrating autopilot/IMU embedded systems. • Hands on experience with various robotic platforms. • Thorough understanding of developing and deploying autonomous agents. • Experience with generating mathematical sensor models involving complex systems • Experience with implementing and testing multi-sensor fusion and state estimation algorithms for robotics. • Practical understanding of experimental statistics including statistical experiment design, data analysis, validation and verification. Environment and Team Description: The Army Research Laboratory’s Electronics for Sense and Control seeks to enable revolutionary advances in three interconnected research spaces: 1) navigation and localization, 2) small scale autonomous systems, and 3) human physiological state monitoring. While an individual will have a specific project, it is expected that s/he will contribute across the full research space. The group’s approach includes the development of novel, distributed state estimation methodologies, linear and nonlinear controls integration, computer science and hardware engineering to realize a generalized framework for information acquisition and fusion in uncertain environments. The ESC team is comprised of a diverse technical team with highly interconnected projects. We foster an environment where hard work is rewarded; integrity is respected; and, insight, wherever it may come from, is valued. We honestly believe that a diversity of opinions should not only be respected, but it is expected, and we think that it is the only way to enable revolutionary advances. Team members each bring a unique skill set that we expect them to apply across completely novel applications. Individuals are expected to be highly self-reliant, and simultaneously capable and willing to work across disciplines in dynamic team projects. The pace of projects is very fast; the expectations are exceptionally high; but, foremost, we value each team member, and advocate for a healthy balance in everyone’s life. We are looking to recruit new individual(s). They should be able to not only contribute from day 1, but be willing to learn from day 1. All eligible applicants including veterans, wounded warriors, and those with non-traditional educations are encouraged to apply.

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Grooming future leaders in science and technology requires enhancing the skills, knowledge and experience of workers early in their careers. To that end, ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) assists in connecting the best and most diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and jobs, whether in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices or private sector R&D departments.

ORAU works with agencies such as the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. We work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place recent graduates in full-time and part-time jobs in the Office of Research and Development at EPA under the National Student Services Contract. ORAU also works with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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