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Artificial Intelligence Technical Advisor

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
United States, Virginia, Arlington
2461 South Clark Street (Show on map)
March 28, 2024

Would you like to help create solutions for the nation's national security challenges?

Are you searching for engaging work with an employer that prioritizes innovation and personal development?

Our team is looking to provide our country with ground-breaking capabilities in machine perception and reasoning. To succeed, we need talented leaders, engineers, scientists, developers, and technical advisors. We are looking for individuals with intellectual curiosity and a strong drive for learning! The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. This requisition is a permanent off-site position for the Department of Defense, and located at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

The Tactical Intelligence Systems Group of the Asymmetric Operations Sector is looking for a strategic technical advisor for the organization in support of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD(I&S)), in the application and implementation of critical solutions for challenges in data science and artificial intelligence (AI). This will involve:

  • Surveying academic research, strategy, and policy to advise upon and/or implement practical engineering solutions to challenges in computer vision, sensor fusion, cognitive systems, and predictive analysis.
  • Understanding large data sets and supporting the use of statistical analyses, reliability analyses, modeling and simulation to develop state of the art metrics for AI systems' performance.
  • Collaborating with Laboratory, for-profit contractor, and Government sponsor teams to address critical sponsor requirements.
  • Effectively communicating results with non-expert leaders and audiences, and generating innovative ideas and concepts to benefit the Nation.

As a Tactical Intelligence Technical Advisor, you will.....

  • Apply knowledge in quantitative analysis, machine learning, statistical modeling, and software development to data analysis problems for our sponsors.
  • Advise and lead large AI teams. Work independently and on high-performance teams to engineer automated solutions for sponsor mission challenges.
  • Explore promising research and maintain/gain the technical edge required for projects. Develop, share, and advise upon new approaches and methods.
  • Collaborate to document and support software analytics, and clearly present status and results to internal and external leaders and stakeholders.


You meet our minimum required qualifications if you have...

  • A M.S. in Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, or related technical field.
  • A minimum of three (3+) years leading large development teams in machine learning, AI, and/or related technical projects for the Department of Defense
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas: computer vision, machine learning, autonomous systems, natural language processing and translation, knowledge representation, and reasoning with evidence.
  • The desire to quickly learn, research, develop, and apply capabilities in many of those areas.
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and probability.
  • Hold an active Top Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 10% to customer sites as needed.

You 'll go above and beyond our expectations if you have...

  • A PhD in a relevant field, along with five-plus years of relevant technical experience.
  • Understanding of common machine learning algorithms and methods used to parse and analyze data, as well as ability to rapidly prototype.
  • Experience with programming languages, such as C#, C++, and Python.
  • Experience with team-based technology development efforts, particularly software, and demonstrated ability to lead development/research projects.

Why Work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at .

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.