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The MITRE Corporation Principal Artificial Intelligence Researcher in Bedford, Massachusetts

Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges—and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.

MITRE’s newly established Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy Innovation Center consists of a multi-generational, diverse team united by a passion and a sense of urgency to harness AI and Autonomy to help solve problems in the public interest. We discover, create, and lead through empowering an inclusive community of collaborative innovators, learners, and technical creatives.

We are looking for people with a lifelong commitment to learning, who are passionate about harnessing artificial intelligence to make a positive impact in the world. We have built a supportive and inclusive environment where collaboration is encouraged and learning is shared freely. We value our diversity of experience, knowledge, backgrounds, and perspectives and harness these qualities to discover connections, solve problems, and create extraordinary impact.

As a Principal Artificial Intelligence Researcher, you will:

  • Work on, or lead, a team to develop and implement AI algorithms to help address critical national and global challenges.

  • Grow and use modern software engineering techniques to develop AI-related software.

  • Maintain knowledge of advances in AI capabilities across industry and academia.

  • Develop, propose, and execute research in the field of AI.

  • Cultivate new research directions in AI-enabled systems in support of MITRE’s internal research program and sponsor’s research programs.

  • Evaluate AI solutions and compare to sponsor requirements and needs.

We are looking for a blend of:

  • A track record of generating new ideas or improving upon existing ideas in artificial intelligence and/or machine learning, such as those demonstrated by one or more first-author publications or projects.

  • Interest in and ongoing insights into the impacts of AI technology.

  • Experience managing/mentoring in a research environment.

  • Programming experience in creating high-performance implementations of machine learning algorithms.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in applicable technical major

  • 10 + years documented success developing AI-related software and implementing AI algorithms. At least 2 years in a leadership position.

  • Must be US citizen capable of obtaining & maintaining a US government clearance.

  • Experience in natural language understanding, computer vision, automated reasoning, machine learning, or artificial intelligence.

  • Recent programming experience (e.g., C, C++, Python, R, Java).

  • Contributions to research communities/efforts, including publishing papers on artificial intelligence and machine learning (AAAI, ACM, JMLR, ICLR, NeurIPS, ICML, ACL, CVPR).

Preferred qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in applicable field.

  • Preference given to qualified candidates with active US gov clearance.

  • Relevant work experience, including full time industry experience or as a researcher in a lab.

  • Experience mentoring, leading teams, and/or projects.

  • Programming publication examples in GitHub or a similar repository.

  • Experience writing research grant proposals.

  • Strong publication record in a variety of forums (journals, conferences, etc.).

  • Ability to design and execute on a research agenda.

This requisition requires the following clearance(s):


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