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Job #: R-00057842
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Leidos Innovation Center (LiNC) at Leidos currently has an opening for a Cognitive Modeler to work at our Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) customer site on Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. We are seeking a dedicated and talented Cognitive Modeler 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.

Primary Responsibilities

The successful Cognitive Modeler candidate will support efforts to develop models in the context of Human-Machine Teaming, fatigue and sustained attention performance impacts, and cognitive workload, multitasking, and/or linguistics.  This will be accomplished through development of new models to address the continuously evolving capabilities of humans and machines.  This work digitizes agents and produces readiness estimates for operators to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of training exercises and future operations.

Basic Qualifications

  • 4+ years of experience and a BS degree or higher in Engineering, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, or a related technical field (e.g. Cognitive Psychology) is required. Additional experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience developing and/or applying computational cognitive models and/or machine learning models within applied settings
  • Experience developing models within the ACT-R cognitive architecture
  • Experience with either Python, Java, C++, or other programming languages
  • Ability to develop and debug nondeterministic, adaptive systems
  • Applied knowledge in Data Mining / Automated Knowledge Acquisition, Representation and Reasoning Skills 
  • Ability to quickly prototype ideas solutions, perform critical analysis, and use creative approaches for solving complex problems
  • Work with an Agile mindset to create value across projects of multiple scopes and scale
  • Excellent communication skills – oral, written, presenting, creation of report outs etc.
  • Solution seeker, diligent with detail orientation, and a positive approach
  • Able to pass a national agency background check.
  • Please include a Cover letter explaining why you feel you would be a good candidate for this position and your Curriculum Vitae.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in concept of Text to Speech or vice versa
  • Experience Integrating conversational AI solutions into existing platform API’s
  • Experience with developing dialogue interpreters for conversational patterns
  • Experience modeling fatigue and sustained attention
  • Experience or familiarity with computational/mathematical/theoretical models of biological/neurological processes as they pertain to cognition.
  • Have knowledge of various domain areas (e.g., air, cyber, space, etc.).
  • Experience working and developing in research environments.
  • Experience working in an Agile environment.

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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 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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