Autonomous Systems Research Lead

Arlington, Virginia, United States

Full Time Mid-level / Intermediate Clearance required

The Role:

STR is seeking a Research Lead to join our tight-knit, growing Autonomy team. We design, develop, and demonstrate software to control distributed autonomous robotics. The software ranges from early prototypes to fielded systems and will revolutionize the way that heterogeneous teams of unmanned robotic systems (e.g., drone swarms) assist humans in cooperatively accomplishing shared objectives. The team operates primarily from our state-of-the-art autonomy lab in Woburn, Massachusetts.

We are seeking established research scientists with experience designing and leading Research and Development (R&D) efforts.

  • MS or equivalent experience in Computer Science or related technical field
  • Experience leading teams in R&D efforts
  • Experience with robotic systems, e.g., small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS/UAS/UAV), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), or Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV)
  • Ability to obtain a Security Clearance
  • Ability and willingness to travel for week-long field experiments 1-2 times per quarter and day trips approximately once a month

Even Better:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in Computer Science or related technical field
  • Demonstrated ability to interface directly with customers and win new R&D work
  • Experience interfacing with autopilots (e.g., PX4, ArduPilot), autonomy frameworks (e.g., ROS), and/or game engines (e.g., Unity, Unreal Engine)
  • Experience applying network protocols to communicate efficiently between distributed systems
  • Active Security Clearance

STR is a rapidly growing technology company with locations north of Boston, MA, Arlington, VA and near Dayton, OH. We specialize in advanced research and development for defense, intelligence, and national security, trying to understand how to protect our society: from stopping malicious botnet attacks, to understanding cyber vulnerabilities, providing next generation sensors, radar, sonar, communications, and electronic warfare to developing artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics to make sense of the complexity that is exploding around us. Visit us at for more info.

STR is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that supports deep technical understanding and recognizes the contributions and achievements of all team members. Our work is challenging, but you go home at night knowing that you pushed the forefront of technology and made the world a little safer. We recognize that the world is changing, that it is becoming more connected than ever before, making things change faster than before, and reshaping society in the process. We all want to understand this changing world and leave it better for our work.

STR is an equal opportunity employer. We are fully dedicated to hiring the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the employment process, email us at and provide your contact info.

Pursuant to applicable federal law and regulations, positions at STR require employees to obtain national security clearances and satisfy the requirements for compliance with export control and other applicable laws.

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Job country: United States
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