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Introduction to Shield AI

Shield AI’s mission is to advance this nation’s core values by providing the United States and our allies access to leading technologies and innovations. Shield AI is a fast growing, venture-backed defense-technology company built around a team of proven executives, distinguished warfighters, and world-class AI engineers. Since 2018, Shield AI’s products and people have supported operations around the world with the US Department of Defense and our allies. Most recently, we acquired Heron Systems and Martin UAV as wholly owned subsidiaries of Shield AI. Join our team and shape the future of artificially intelligent systems. 

Job Description 

Heron Systems has developed a software factory for building and optimizing deep reinforcement learning-based solutions. The technology has drawn significant interest from DARPA, AFRL and the US Navy. We are currently working with these customers to investigate modern warfighting problems and develop prototype solutions. This position will support the research and development of new technologies that will be required to accomplish our goals in autonomy and manned-unmanned teaming. 

What you’ll do:

  • Work with a small team that includes senior ML researchers, engineers, and subject matter experts. 
  • Perform research and development activities of one or more projects. 
  • Work semi autonomously, leveraging state-of-the-art techniques and designing novel solutions for complex problems. 
  • Coordinate closely with our Government customers and industry partners to ensure that the solutions meet the rigorous demands of defense technologies.  
  • Work on complex and unique datasets.  

Required qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience in software development and machine learning.  
  • Software development experience in Python, C++ is a plus.   
  • Fast, efficient, effective problem-solving approach.  
  • Strong ability to debug, optimize, refactor, and write tests.  
  • Exceptional collaborator and communicator.  
  • Ability to work semi-autonomously and clearly discuss/convey the results of your work. 
  • Ability to learn new subjects quickly. 
  • BS/MS in Computer Science, similar degree, or equivalent practical experience.  
  • Current SECRET clearance: candidates without an active clearance must be able to obtain one. 
  • USA citizenship. Non-citizens, even permanent residents, will not be considered. 

If you’re interested in being part of our team, apply now! 


Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. 


To conform to U.S. Government regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.