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Job #: R-00045190
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Software Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 50%
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Leidos Innovation Center (LInC) at Leidos currently has an opening for a Research Software Engineer to work at our Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) customer site on Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. We are seeking a dedicated and talented Research Software Engineer to work as part of a leading-edge research and engineering, design and development team. Leidos seeks mission and team-oriented individuals who enjoy working as an individual contributor in highly collaborative teams.

The Research Software Engineer will contribute to the Mission Planning and Debrief (MP&D) research and development in AFRL’s Warfighter Readiness Training Division. This work digitizes mission planning and mission debriefing content and incorporates AI agents to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of planning and debriefing in training exercise and future operations.

Primary Responsibilities

You will work as a Research Software Engineer in a high performing research and development team supporting MP&D for autonomous operations in contested environments. You will research, develop, integrate, and validate intelligent agent behaviors for mission planning ingestion, responses to dynamic threats and contingencies, and mission debriefing capabilities.

A primary objective of the MP&D project is to create innovative new approaches for joint human-machine mission planning and debrief. During pre-mission planning the digital infrastructure and AI agents will help planners and aircrew by proposing and evaluating viable solutions. During post-mission Debriefing, the MP&D system will also assist planners and aircrew by automating analysis of mission performance, and by providing recommendations for possible future mission execution improvement.  Specifically, you will help create intelligent agents that use symbolic knowledge representation and reasoning techniques to extract and process content from images and tables, such as air mission plans, range restrictions, and weather maps, to respond to dynamic changes during the mission planning process and to provide feedback during the debriefing process.

In addition, this position involves full stack development to help improve the MP&D system in general. This could include anything from user-interface changes to adding additional features to the project. Having a firm grasp of the entire MP&D system will be critical to developing the machine intelligence features.

The successful candidate will work with government customers, software engineers, subject matter experts, and military personnel.

Note: Initial work will primarily be via telework and remote collaboration tools due to real world COVID factors and restrictions, but planned to move to in-office work as the COVID-related situation updates over time and allows for increased in-person workplace capabilities/operations.

Basic Qualifications.

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree with two (2) years’ experience, or a Master’s Degree or higher in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cognitive Science, Data Science, or related field.
  • Have 2+ years’ experience in challenging applied domains
  • Be proficient with Python, Machine Learning Algorithms, Git, MySQL Workbench
  • Be proficient with  Node Framework (React, Angular)
  • Have experience with sending/receiving requests through RESTful API
  • Be a US Citizen. NO non-citizens will be considered.
  • Be capable of obtaining a DOD Secret Security Clearance, at a minimum.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working/developing in research environments
  • Experience with Tensorflow, Deep Reinforcement Learning, Symbolic AI, linear algorithms/optimization

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Potential for Telework:

Yes, 50%

Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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