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Martin Defense Group Autonomous Systems Engineer - South Kingstown, RI in Columbia, South Carolina

Martin Defense Group, a privately-owned defense contractor, is seeking an experienced Autonomous Systems Engineer. The incumbent will join a group of talented Engineers, Scientists, and Innovators with tremendous top-side potential devoted to solving novel technological problems with national defense implications in the fields of Cybersecurity, Autonomy, and Naval Architecture among others. This position will be located in any of our office locations. If you think this opportunity is aligned with your career interests, do not hesitate to apply!


The ideal candidate will have a Master’s or PhD in robotics, computer science, electrical engineering, or related discipline. Must be willing to work on a range of basic and applied research projects including but not limited to:

  • Autonomous control logic

  • Digital twin for physical and digital systems

  • Goal-driven autonomy

  • Simulation-based performance evaluation

  • New developments in machine learning and intelligent systems.

Candidate should be able to thrive in a research environment – identify technical gaps in the state-of-the-art and translate client needs into system or research requirements, manage a project from conceptualization through proof-of-concept, and clearly communicate results to stake holders. Periodic travel may be necessary for project management.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead full research and development life cycle: problem identification, requirements definition, new theory development, analysis, experimentation, and production.

  • Engineering of autonomous perception and control systems, modeling & simulation for performance evaluation, and software development for high level autonomy.

  • Provide technical supervision to engineering teams, as needed.

  • Communicate results to stakeholders in the Department of Defense.

  • Support development of new business opportunities: gap analysis, client relations, proposal writing.

Education and Training:

  • Master’s Degree with 5+ years of experience or PhD in Robotics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field, from an accredited college or university.


Position Requirements:

  • Highly motivated, self-starter who can take new ideas and execute solutions in an independent environment.

  • Strong record of managing robotics and machine learning projects for clients in the defense or automotive industries may be considered in lieu of a PhD.

  • Experience with US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and/or Air Force a plus.

  • Must show proof of work eligibility in the United States.

  • US Citizenship required.

ID: 2021-1127

External Company URL:

Street: 1225 Laurel Street, Suite 119

Telecommute: No