Senior Principal II Scientist

Job Description

As a Senior Principal Scientist II in the Planning and Control Technologies (PCT) directorate you will apply your knowledge from the fields of Mathematics, Operations Research, Control, or Computer Science to lead the design and development of innovative concepts, algorithms, models, and architectures for state-of-the-art Mission Planning, Autonomy, and Control Technologies (MPACT) to enhance the effectiveness of our nation's most advanced weapon systems. MPACT provides mission level control of autonomous air, land, sea, and space vehicles and the sensors, weapons, communications, and other payloads they employ. Vehicles operate either independently, in teams, or as part of large swarms with human supervision ranging from tight control to full independence.
You will:

  • Apply existing algorithms, principles, and concepts to the development of MPACT systems
  • Develop new algorithms, principles, and concepts
  • Interact directly with current and potential customers to understand their unique problems and guide research and development efforts to meet their needs
  • Lead complex research projects overseeing activities of other personnel
  • Independently set goals and objectives for research projects
  • Oversee the prototyping and test of algorithms and solutions
  • Work with software engineer leads to transition prototypes to robust applications
  • Work with senior staff to support business development through identification of business opportunities, idea generation, proposal writing, and customer interactions
The position may require occasional travel. This position offers significant opportunities for career growth in the leadership and development of scientific and mathematical software applications and algorithms.

Planning and Control Technologies (PCT) is a directorate within the BAE Systems FAST Labs Fusion, Battle Management, and Computing technology group (FL FBC). PCT is a high growth, entrepreneurial organization that develops state-of the-art Mission Planning, Autonomy, and Control Technology components and systems for many customers in the defense industry. Today's warfighters and intelligence analysts are overwhelmed with data and tasks from a variety of manned and unmanned vehicle systems. PCT helps the warfighter become more effective and efficient in managing networks of heterogeneous vehicles and payloads (e.g., multi-INT surveillance, weapons, non-traditional ISR), by developing automation preforming tasks ranging from offloading manual asset control to enabling platforms to operate autonomously while abiding by physical and operational constraints.

Typical Education & Experience

Bachelor's Degree and 15 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education

  • Degree in Mathematics, Operations Research, Control, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or a related field with either a PhD and 10+ years of professional research experience or with a MS and 13+ years of experience
  • Leadership in field demonstrated by one of the following: 1) ability to plan and execute research of complex scope involving multiple technical fields OR 2) ability to independently develop novel solutions to complex technical problems
  • Experience performing research and development
  • Current US Citizenship


  • Preferred Skills and Education

  • Experience leading large (5 - 10 person) research and development projects
  • Experience leading the prototyping and testing of complex systems with Matlab, Python, R, C++, Java, or other languages
  • Experience independently writing proposals and white papers
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team interacting with members from other fields
  • Experience leading development of a complex module that fits into an even larger, more complex system
  • Experience with meta-heuristics such as Tabu Search, Simulated Annealing, Genetic Algorithms, GRASP, etc
  • Experience in Network Optimization, Mixed-Integer Linear Programming, Game Theory, Machine Learning
  • DoD familiarity with air, land, sea, and space domains to include Battle Management technologies, unmanned systems, and military simulations
  • Active defense security clearance


  • About BAE Systems Electronic Systems

    BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services.
    The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel. Equal Opportunity Employer/Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression


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