Suas autonomy engineer

Fibertek, Inc. is a leading developer of laser and electro-optic systems for the aerospace community, with key contributions to lasers for atmospheric sensing, laser communications, and lidar sensors for NASA, DoD, and commercial customers.  We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our division at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD to support research on autonomous navigation, multi-sensor fusion, and localization of self and others for sUAS vehicles.

The successful candidate will develop and maintain algorithms and software based for self-localization, geo-localization of other entities, active perception, collaborative multi-agent state estimation, and incorporation of time dissemination using a variety of sensors and mathematical frameworks such as stochastic filtering and bundle adjustment. You will join an agile small business that has a dedicated team of technology and business leaders with 35 years of success behind them. This work will require expert knowledge of:

  • State estimation, controls and dynamics, information theory, networked and distributed sensing, time/frequency data analysis, data fusion, and classification, as well as extensive experience in software engineering of mature (i.e. deployable on flight vehicles) implementations of state estimation algorithms.
  • An ability to leverage existing AI/ML tools and techniques for annotation and training image-based classifiers is desired as well.
  • This position will involve aerial flight testing, hands-on experience with actual UAS systems will occur and periodic trips to outdoor flight-testing locations will be required.
  • Program and deploy embedded and laptop computing with ROS-based code (self-written, University provided, open-source, and existing GOTS).
  • Read and understand journal and equivalent mathematical papers and be able to implement in software.
  • Work with team on dataset annotation and curation as needed.
  • Maintain autonomy and Unity-based simulation stack and deploy for a variety of use cases

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  • The position will require the applicant to have or rapidly acquire the techniques for modular software development for embedded devices, primarily in languages such as C/C++ and Python and distributed systems middleware ecosystems including Robot Operating System (ROS) and Lightweight Communications and Marshalling (LCM).
  • The applicant will make extensive use of open-source libraries pertinent to this field, such as Ceres Solver and the Eigen library, and software lifecycle management tools such as Git.
  • Familiarity with docker compartments and cross compilation toolchains is also helpful.
  • Experience with simulation environments such as Unity and Gazebo is preferred.
  • Active Secret Clearance
  • US Citizenship required

Why Fibertek, INC?

Fibertek is a aerospace business with a 35-year history of leadership in delivering advanced laser-based systems and technologies to the defense and aerospace communities with an emphasis on first-of-kind systems developed for the most challenging environments.  We are leaders in delivering lasers for space-based earth-sensing LIDAR for NASA (e.g., CALIPSO and ICESat-2 laser systems) and in developing advanced laser and sensor systems for LIDAR and other applications in the defense community.  Fibertek fosters a progressive learning environment that values inspiration, promotes professional challenge and encourages personal growth. We offer competitive and incentivized compensation package with excellent benefits.

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Fibertek, Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Applicants are considered regardless of race, sex, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic in accordance with applicable law.

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