Principal Game Theory Scientist

Job Description
-How do we apply game theory to non-traditional warfare, such as identifying terrorists and their intent in other countries?
-How can we prevent an adversary from predicting our next step when they are using optimal game theory analysis?
These are actual problems that the scientists and researchers in DEFI are working to solve every day.

As a scientist in DEFI, you will work in small to medium groups of researchers and engineers on projects that typically last 1-3 years. Working on different projects keeps things new and interesting, but the projects don't just stop when our research stops. DEFI is part of FAST Labs TM , which acts as the research and development core of Electronic Systems' five other business areas. Once we finish the research, we work to transition our programs to those business areas. Our tracking, fusion, and analytic algorithms go to the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Intelligence, Surveillance, and Recognizance Systems (C4ISR) business area to improve their products that are used by military and intelligence analysts every day. Or they may go to the Electronic Combat Solutions (ECS) business area to add capability to their electronic warfare systems installed on aircraft like the F-35 or B-2. By sitting at the heart of BAE Systems' R&D organization, our research has a direct path through the greater company to enhance the capabilities of American soldiers.

A game-theory-centric scientist at the principal level is expected to lead small to medium teams in the design, development, execution, and implementation of novel, state-of-the-art algorithms and solutions to complex problems. Technical writing is important, as you will be expected to author conference papers, journal articles, and/or invention disclosures. A principal scientist supports business development by contributing to idea generation, proposals, and/or white papers, and is expected to maintain existing customer relationships and build new ones.

Typical Education & Experience
Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 6 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education
We are looking for scientists with foundations skills in one or more of the following who are interested in learning more:

  • Competitive games (Stackelberg and Cournot competition, matrix games)
  • Some familiarity with differential games and/or equilibrium problems (complementarity theory, mathematical programming with equilibrium constraints, Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions for optimality)
  • Probabilistic Models, Markov decision processes, finite state machines
  • Linear and nonlinear programming
  • Stochastic programming (recourse problems, probabilistic constraints, robust optimization)
  • Dynamic Programming (Bellman equation)
  • Analytic, numerical, and heuristic solver methods to mathematical programs
All of this is typically prototyped in a high level language like MATLAB or Python before being ported to C++, and our scientists frequently present our algorithms and results to customers and at conferences.

Preferred Skills and Education
  • Bachelor's Degree with 6+ year of professional research experience, or
  • Master's Degree with 4+ years of professional research experience, or
  • Doctorate with 2+ years of professional research experience
About BAE Systems Electronic Systems
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