Posting DurationThis posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.What Your Job Will Be LikeThe rapid growth and proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology provides exciting and impactful opportunities for utilizing these tools to solve national security problems. The Autonomy for Hypersonics department is applying AI to several components of the national defense domain for hypersonic and missile defense flight systems.Our organization is actively seeking an entry level Autonomy Engineer who has  significant interest and knowledge in machine learning (ML),  experience/familiarity in sensing/perception and/or dynamical systems, such as flight vehicle mechanics, and  formal training in either Computer Science or an engineering discipline, such as Aerospace, Electrical, Computer, or Mechanical Engineering.If you are passionate about making valuable contributions to a high-impact program, we urge you to apply! You will collaborate with a team of researchers, engineers and technologists to develop autonomous flight system technologies and to mature them from concept to simulation to flight. In the near-term, you will be supporting projects from the Autonomy for Hypersonics (A4H) Mission Campaign research portfolio. These projects are applying state-of-the-art AI/ML to sensing, mission planning, and analysis for hypersonic vehicle missions. Long-term, you will be developing autonomous flight solutions for launch vehicle demonstrations (i.e., flight tests), developing agent-driven simulation and analysis tools for challenging mission scenarios, and creating/executing/leading new projects for applying trusted AI to high-consequence missions. You will be working on highly collaborative teams, but will be given responsibility and ownership of a growing body of R&D work as you progress in your career at the Labs.This position will include simulation, laboratory, and field-testing operations. You will work at Sandia’s laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, including the Flight Dynamics Laboratory and a newly constructed indoor Robotarium for prototyping autonomous system hardware, algorithms and communications. Components of your work will be classified and will consequently require a security clearance.This position is limited term, for one year, with possibility for extension up to seven years, or conversion to permanent position.Qualifications We RequireUndergraduate and advanced (Master’s or PhD) degree in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering; Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering, or closely associated discipline.Significant coursework and/or experience with modern Artificial Intelligence concepts. Examples include, but are not limited to, state-of-the-art neural network architectures, reinforcement learning, deep learning, and explainability.Coursework and experience programming in tools/languages such as Python, C/C++, Matlab, CUDA, or similar.Demonstrated skill with the use and application of common computer operating systems.Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.Qualifications We DesireIdeally, your background would also include: (not all areas are expected of every candidate)Demonstrated verbal and written communication as well as technical content presentation skills.Willingness to work collaboratively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a cooperative and productive fashion.Demonstrated ability to conduct guided research and development in a mostly self-directed manner.Coursework and/or application experience with aerospace flight system modeling and simulation.Coursework and/or application experience with statistics and/or data science.Coursework and/or application experience with modern optimization methods/tools.Coursework and or application experience with autonomous system path planning, localization, guidance, and/or control, especially for flight systems.Experience using modern computational methods and platforms, including high-performance computing clusters, Graphical Processing Units (GPUs), and/or neuromorphic computers.Experience with the use and application of an object-oriented programming principles.Experience with applying real-time software on embedded processors involving aerospace flight vehicle applications.Current SCI level clearance or the ability/willingness to obtain one if required (may require a polygraph examination).Ability/willingness to travel for business and research purposes.About Our TeamDepartment 5449, Autonomy for Hypersonics, manages the Autonomy for Hypersonics Mission Campaign (A4H), a $35M/6.5year program responsible for an innovative research portfolio in autonomous systems development and flight demonstrations of technology advancements. The department supports the research and development of software, autonomy algorithms, prototype hardware, target recognition, and navigation/guidance/control. We actively partner with subject matter experts both at the Labs and throughout the nation to execute high-impact research to meet national defense needs.A4H is pursuing research and development in autonomous systems to enhance the capabilities of the nation’s hypersonic vehicles as well as other high-consequence systems. A4H enables increasingly agile hypersonic weapons that adapt to unexpected scenarios, empowering the U.S. to respond to threats anywhere in the world without putting our warfighters at unnecessary risk. The challenging flight environment and limited available flight data make hypersonics one of the most complex applications for autonomy. Sandia and its partners are developing algorithms, sensors, and compact computing hardware that compress complex data processing and analysis methods into real-time decisioning tools. The goal of A4H is unprecedented flexibility in response to newly designated targets, evolving target conditions, difficult operating environments, and unexpected flight conditions. This flexibility would enable autonomous mission planning and vehicles that intelligently home-in on targets for rapid response to time-sensitive threats.Position InformationThis Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia’s discretion up to a maximum of seven years.Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.About SandiaSandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwideExtraordinary co-workersSome of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the worldCareer advancement and enrichment opportunitiesFlexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.Security ClearanceSandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.EEOAll qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.