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Raytheon Technologies Sr. Systems Engineer - Computer Vision and Perception in Sterling, Virginia

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United States of America


HVA34: Sterling, VA 22640 Davis Dr , Sterling, VA, 20164-7104 USA

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

Senior Systems Engineer - Computer Vision & Perception

Our Mission Systems Flight Control and Navigation group, located in Sterling Virginia, advances embedded Guidance Navigation, Control and Perception systems for a wide variety of military and commercial customers across the world. This means we are responsible for primary guidance, flight control and navigation on a variety of UAS platforms. It also means you get to bring perception, estimation and control expertise to a variety of products/applications across Collins aerospace (Navigation for Ground/Air/Sea, Certified Avionics Systems, Inertial Navigation Systems). Are you ready to learn from the most knowledgeable experts in the industry, develop the technologies of tomorrow and reach new heights in your career? Join our Flight Control and Navigation team today.

Role Overview

As part of a highly dynamic team of engineers, you will be asked to apply your knowledge in the following areas to a variety of products/applications that are relevant to both military and commercial industries:

  • Classical Computer Vision Theory as it pertains to Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) and concepts around Multiple View Geometry.

  • Machine Learning and AI Methods for object recognition, tracking in 2D EO/IR imagery as well as RF signal classification.

  • Sensor Modeling (cameras, optical systems, inertial sensors).

  • Navigation/PNT (inertial sensors, air data sensors, GPS/RF navigation aids).

    This role requires a focus on innovation & strong execution, as well as a deep theoretical understanding of computer vision concepts and navigation theory. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in a relevant STEM field and enjoy collaborating with a highly dynamic team of their peers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development, prototyping, and verification of advanced algorithms that address current challenges faced in the areas of using computer vision to solve absolute and relative navigation problems.

  • Support strategic Science and Technology (S&T) Program Pursuits.

  • Support development of Technical Roadmaps.

  • Proficient in leading small teams of Engineers (Algorithm, Systems, Software, Hardware, Test) to quickly prove out advanced GNC concepts.

  • Comfortable working in an environment that encourages “first principles” solutions to complex and challenging physics problems.

Basic Qualifications

  • This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline and 5 years of relevant experience or an Advanced degree in the appropriate discipline and 3 years of relevant experience. In the absence of a degree, 9 years of relevant experience is required.

  • A strong theoretical background in one or more of the following areas is required:

    Computer Vision - Pose estimation and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (LIDAR, RADAR, Camera, IMU, etc)

    System dynamics and State Estimation (linear/nonlinear, navigation/PNT, inertial/air-data/oscillator modeling)

  • Empathy, curiosity, and desire to constantly improve, acquire new skills and drive for results.

  • Experience in developing system level solutions that integrate multiple systems into a single offering is also desired.

  • Passion for technology, business, market trends and, most specifically, adding value to the industry.

  • Possesses strong strategic, critical, and problem-solving thinking

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Expertise in innovation & the ability to think strategically about how to advance business-led solutions

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Must have or be capable of obtaining a US Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation/reinstatement and must meet eligibility requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

An ideal candidate would also be proficient in some/all of the following areas:

  • Machine Learning and AI concepts applied to perception systems, path planning, and decision making

  • Statistical error modeling, error propagation, and hypothesis testing

  • Linear algebra, least squares, matrix decompositions/transforms

  • Convex nonlinear optimization

  • Rigid body coordinate transforms

  • Model calibration/validation with empirical data

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success . We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Life insurance and disability coverage

  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal

  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions

  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You

  • Autism Benefit

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Best Doctors, second opinion program

  • And more!

    Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.

    At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

    Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

    Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.