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Job #: R-00051679
Location: Beavercreek, OH
Category: Software Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2000
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) is seeking a Senior Autonomous Systems Engineer for a position in Dayton, OH. The Senior Autonomous Systems Engineer will work with other senior engineers in the LInC, the Office of Technology (OoT), and across Leidos to support multi-domain autonomy. This position will focus on the continued development and integration of the Skyborg autonomy architecture, autonomy components, and autonomous behaviors while representing the Systems Design Agent (SDA) to our customers, our internal and external partners, and the community.

The Senior Autonomous Systems Engineer will help lead the formulation and execution of an ambitious research agenda in Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that focuses on delivering key capabilities to the Skyborg program. You will help lead the selection, design, development, and delivery of scalable solution patterns that enable rapid development of new solutions for our Skyborg customer and across Leidos programs. You will lead Scientists and Engineers who provide direct support to the Skyborg System Design Agent (SDA) Autonomy Team and will play a principal role in supporting similar activities across Leidos.

Please note: Work location for this position will be in Dayton, OH

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Work in tandem with the SDA Autonomy Lead to support the development of autonomous architecture subsystems and components that provide capabilities to support the Skyborg program
  • Lead engineers and scientists developing and delivering autonomous solutions in a range of technology areas, to include: perception and situational understanding, planning and decision-making, behavior and action execution, collaboration and manned-unmanned teaming and serve as a leading technical expert on Autonomous Systems within Leidos and across the community.


Basic Qualifications:

  • U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain a Secret clearance
  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, engineering degree, or related discipline with 12 years relevant experience or a Master’s with 10 years relevant experience
  • 7+ years technical leadership within autonomous system projects in industry, academia, or government, including at least 5 years of technical leadership within major autonomous systems programs
  • Knowledge and understanding of the guidance, standards, and regulations involved with autonomous system R&D and deployment
  • Proven ability to design, articulate, and deliver complex, large-scale autonomous system solutions that are scalable, robust, secure, and resilient
  • Proven ability to lead teams to deliver clear, measurable value to program owners and end users
  • Ability to communicate effectively about autonomy architectures and autonomous behaviors with a broad range of audiences, from internal leaders to external customers and from sophisticated autonomy and AI researchers to those with little or no relevant background
  • Familiarity with secured data including multi-level classified data

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearance is strongly preferred
  • Established relationships with leading autonomous systems and AI companies
  • Experience in designing solutions that optimize performance through advanced HW and software techniques
  • Hands-on experience with one and familiarity with a broad range of autonomous systems development tools and modeling and simulation tools
  • Experience with and ability to formulate solutions using one or more open unmanned system architectures: OMS, JAUS, UMAA, UCS, or equivalent
  • Experience fielding, testing, and evaluating autonomous systems including live/virtual/constructive (LVC) field testing
  • Experience designing, developing and deploying multi-platform teams of autonomous systems (e.g., swarms, heterogeneous teams, manned-unmanned teams, or collaborative teams)
  • Familiarity with leading commercial and Open Source Autonomy / AI / ML / Data Science platforms


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Potential for Telework:


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Yes, 10% of the time

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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 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021. For more information, visit

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