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Job #: R-00068277
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Category: Software Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 75%
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000.00
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) is seeking a Junior Autonomous Systems Engineer for a position in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Junior Autonomous Systems Engineer will work with other engineers in the LInC, the Office of Technology (OoT), and across Leidos to support multi-domain collaborative autonomy. This position will contribute to Leidos autonomous system capability development. He/she will work with a team of Scientists and Engineers who provide direct support in Autonomous Systems and will play a role in supporting these activities across Leidos.

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 and integrate novel, open source, or academic AI and/or machine learning based algorithms into autonomous systems architectures
  • 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
  • Optimize algorithms and components for low size, weight, and power embedded systems
  • Contribute to field test planning and execution ranging from testing on indoor mobile robots to outdoor flight tests
  • 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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineer, Software Engineering, Robotics, or other related field and less than 2 years prior relevant experience
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance (US Citizenship required)
  • Experience developing in Linux and familiarity with command line interfaces
  • Experience with robotic development tools such as ROS
  • Experience with Java or C++
  • Experience with Python
  • Experience with hardware devices and integration

Preferred Qualifications

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 utilizing and integrating open-source software packages
  • 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
  • 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

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COVID Response

Effective October 1, in order to enter Leidos facilities in the US and to attend Leidos business events outside our facilities, employees will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry.  Effective January 18, 2022, all Leidos employees must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose) unless they are entitled to a legal accommodation. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

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, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 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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