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Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) has an outstanding opportunity for you to join a diverse team and build novel solutions in emerging technological areas for US defense and intelligence communities. We want you to apply if you have experience in software development and would like to work in any of the following areas: sensor fusion and data analytics; systems integration using lower-level programming languages; signal processing and filtering; artificial intelligence and computer vision; rapid prototype development and deployment. We emphasize creativity, teamwork, and making a difference for defense and intelligence communities. Remote working is acceptable for successful applicants.

You will be working on developing and evaluating prototype systems that process sensor data to solve multi-disciplinary problems. This may include building pipelines that receive data from a variety of sensors, such as inertial measurement units (IMU), GPS receivers, EO/IR cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles, smartphones, and laser measurement devices. You will gain expertise in rapidly developing sensor fusion prototypes using low- and high-level programming languages with a variety of input and output formats. Other responsibilities may include assisting in the preparation of oral and written reports, supporting R&D business acquisition and customer briefings, presenting research results at scientific / engineering conferences, and publish in technical journals.

As an employee of ARA, you will have opportunities for career advancement and continued learning outside of your primary job functions. We strive to identify cross-training opportunities and encourage staff to interject new ideas into our longstanding operational programs. At ARA, we foster an environment where technical staff is empowered to research and develop their own ideas – with resources and support from a strong internal technical team and external partners. Day-to-day, you can expect flexibility in choosing the level of autonomy suited to you while enjoying a challenging technical career with great opportunities for personal growth.

Senior Research Scientist – Sensor Fusion Required Experience & Skills:

  • US Citizenship (applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information)
  • Master of Science (MS) degree or above in a related discipline (computer science, mathematics, physics, robotics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, etc.)
  • 5+ Years relevant work in sensor fusion, including any combination of the following areas: signal processing, mathematics, physics, computer vision, or optimization
  • Strong foundation in software development

Senior Research Scientist – Sensor Fusion Desirable Experience & Skills:

Above all, we value passion, a desire to learn, and teamwork. Candidates meeting the technical requirements and who have a strong work ethic, positive can-do attitude, and excel in team environments are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition to the experience and skills above, if you have any of the following you will be able to accelerate your effectiveness and impact.

  • Experience working with Android apps, Matlab or Python programs, and extended Kalman filters
  • Experience writing technical proposals
  • Experience working on intelligence and DoD programs
  • Ph.D. preferred

About Us:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software, and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.