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Job #: R-00047445
Location: Arlington, VA
Category: Intern Technical
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) is seeking an Autonomous Systems Engineering Intern for a position in Arlington, VA. The Autonomous Systems Engineering Intern will support multi-domain collaborative autonomy development, enabling humans and robots to work together in scalable teams. The internship work will include research into emerging technologies, algorithm development, software integration, and prototyping, and will provide opportunities to collaborate with other engineers on the team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Research and become familiar with autonomous system architectures, software and hardware components, enabling technologies, relevant scenarios, and challenges

  • Implement autonomous system software components to support various technical areas including:

    • Perception and situational understanding

    • Planning and decision making

    • Behavior and action execution

    • Collaboration and manned-unmanned teaming

    • Human-machine interaction and interfaces

  • Develop software interfaces and perform integration testing for hardware devices such as robot motor controllers, flight controllers, and various sensors

  • Utilize simulation tools for algorithm and component test and evaluation

  • Prototype algorithms and components using low size, weight, and power embedded systems

  • Collaborate with other autonomous systems team members and other teams throughout Leidos on a regular basis to stay up to date on existing capabilities that support autonomous systems

Basic Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineer, Software Engineering, Robotics, or other related field

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance (U.S. citizenship required)

  • Experience developing in Linux and familiarity with command line interfaces

  • Experience with Python, Java, or C++

  • Experience with hardware devices and integration

Desired Qualifications:

Please note: We do not expect ANY junior applicant to have all of these qualifications, but preferably one or a subset of experience in these areas.

  • Experience with autonomous systems development

  • Experience with robotic development tools such as ROS

  • Experience utilizing and integrating open source software packages

  • Experience with IP networking technologies such as TCP and UDP

  • Experience with messaging infrastructures such as RabbitMQ, ZeroMQ, ActiveMQ, Kafka

  • Experience with containerization tools such as Docker

  • Experience developing and deploying mobile robots (any domain – ground, air, sea, space)

  • Experience with embedded systems such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, NVIDIA Jetson boards

  • Experience with modeling and simulation tools such as Gazebo, AirSim, Matlab/Simulink

  • Experience with AI, machine learning, and/or cognitive reasoning algorithms

  • Experience with machine vision, perception, and/or situational understanding

  • Experience with specialized GPU or FPGA based processing hardware

  • Experience with GPS technology, localization, navigation, or SLAM algorithms

  • Experience with robotic path planning algorithms

  • Experience with context reasoning and decision making algorithms

  • Experience with distributed robot coordination

  • Experience with signal processing and/or sensor fusion techniques

  • Experience with frame of reference / coordinate frame transformations

  • Experience with human-machine interfaces

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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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