Systems Engineer Autonomy And Robotics

Applied Research Associates, Inc. Niceville , FL 32578

Posted 11 months ago

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is seeking a mid-level Systems Engineer with experience in autonomous and/or robotics systems. The candidate will provide systems engineering and integration support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) at Eglin AFB, FL, in the evaluation and development of robotics and autonomous control technologies for unmanned aerial and ground systems. The individual will be involved in all phases of an applied research robotics program. Work includes leading-edge technology assessment, concept development, analysis of alternatives studies, monitoring of system development by other contractors, test support, and military utility assessment. The candidate must be able to critically review projects and technologies and participate in the development, review and analysis of the associated research and test plans. He or she will frequently interface with internal/external customers and make significant contributions to department goals and planning efforts.

The candidate will maintain a strong professional network and remain current with technology trends to support technology consulting for the government. This may include attending professional conferences, interagency meetings and other technology DoD and Industry outreach events as directed by the government program manager. Travel up to 20% may be required (often short notice) to support market research, performer technical reviews and test events. The candidate must be willing and able to independently learn new technologies and processes and contribute to concept development. A flexible schedule will be critical to support fast moving tasks and projects.

Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. US Citizenship is required.

Required Skills:

  • Masters Degree in engineering, physics, or related physical sciences with minimum of 5 years applied experience in new technology development or operational use of military technology

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with technical and non-technical audience

  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills to include technical writing and technical briefing

Required Experience:

  • Systems engineering experience as demonstrated by key involvement in the development of prototype products with elements including computer control, electronic controls, actuators, motors, packaging, and sensors

  • Robotic systems experience including perception, planning and autonomous control algorithms; sensors and sensor integration; radio communications; and ground and aerial robotic platforms

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a cross-functional team

  • Demonstrated ability to brief both a non-technical and technical audience

  • US Citizen with Active DoD Secret clearance with eligibility to obtain a Top Secret clearance with access to SCI

Desired Qualifications:

  • Applied experience in R&D prototype development including requirements analyses, system development, integration, and testing

  • Demonstrated ability to manage prototype development projects

  • Familiarity with weapon system design and fuze safety challenges and processes


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs 1100 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company's success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

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