Chief Scientist Machine Learning
Company: Leidos Holdings Inc.
Posted on: June 10, 2021
The Leidos Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
(ML) Accelerator is seeking a Chief Scientist in AI/ML for a senior
technical leadership position. The Chief Scientist will work with
the Director of AI/ML within the Office of Technology (OoT, and
across Leidos to accelerate innovation by developing and refining
strategy, directing major activities and programs, and representing
Leidos within the broader AI/ML community.
The Chief Scientist in AI/ML will lead the formulation and
execution of an ambitious research agenda that delivers key
capabilities to our customers and markets. In collaboration with
senior leaders, he/she will refine and expand a Leidos Enterprise
strategy in AI/ML that supports our markets in Health, Civil,
Defense, and Intelligence. He/she will help define and prioritize
millions of dollars of internal Leidos investment in AI/ML, leading
a deep and talented team of scientists and engineers as they design
and execute ambitious projects aligned with that strategy. He/she
will play a principal role in pursuing, capturing, and executing
major new contract R&D opportunities with customers like DARPA,
IARPA, AFRL, ARL, and NRO. He/she will provide AI/ML thought
leadership within Leidos, to our customers, and throughout the
broader ML community.
- Expand and enhance AI and ML strategy for a $10B+ Fortune 500
company with major markets in Defense, Intelligence, Civil, and
- Design and articulate an AI/ML research agenda that is
consistent with that strategy and supports a large pipeline of
opportunities for which these technologies are critical.
- Develop a broad set of creative and innovative R&D concepts
that address major and emerging AI/ML challenges and advance the
state of the art in key areas of strategic importance to Leidos.
Work with potential sponsors (internal and/or external) to secure
funding for new research efforts based on those concepts.
- Provide senior technical direction to a team of 25+ Ph.
D.-level AI/ML researchers within the LInC and informally to a
larger community from across Leidos working on internally and
externally funded R&D programs in AI and ML.
- Serve as a key technical expert on AI/ML within Leidos and
across the community, including:
- Supporting major captures across all business areas by
identifying opportunities to leverage AI/ML as part of an overall
solution that delivers value to the customer, working with solution
architects to design the AI/ML components that deliver that value,
and reviewing proposals to ensure that they are effective and
- Advising C-suite and Leidos business areas leaders on a broad
range of technology, strategy, and policy issues associated with AI
- Serving as a Leidos Technical Fellow, providing SME expertise
across Leidos as part of the Leidos community of senior technical
- Representing Leidos as a member of external advisory groups in
ML, AI and related areas.
- Advanced degree (Ph.D highly desired) in computer science or a
related discipline, such as statistics or applied mathematics.
- 10+ years of technical leadership as Program Manager or
Principal Investigator for major AI/ML programs in industry,
academia, or government.
- National / international reputation in one or more subfields of
ML or AI, including: Computer Vision; Pattern Recognition;
Predictive Modeling and Decision Support; Computational
Linguistics/Natural Language Processing; Speech Processing/ASR;
Machine Translation; Adversarial ML; AI Assurance; Explainable AI;
Knowledge Representation and Reasoning; Graph Processing/Graph
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of many areas of Machine
Learning, including Deep Learning.
- Extensive record of widely cited publications in peer-reviewed
conferences and journals.
- Ability to communicate effectively about ML with a broad range
of audiences, from internal leaders to external customers and from
sophisticated ML researchers to those with little or no relevant
- TS//SCI preferred. The ability to obtain a TS/SCI clearance is
- Experience as a government Program Manager in a relevant
R&D organization that supports AI/ML research
(DARPA/IARPA/AFRL/NSF) or as a Principal Investigator executing
research on major programs for such customers.
- Hands-on experience with a broad range of deep learning tools
(e.g., TensorFlow, Spark, Theano, PyTorch, Scikit-learn, Keras,
Caffe, Nvidia Digits) and collaboration environments (e.g. Jupyter
- Extensive experience with many of the following approaches:
Deep Learning (CNNs, RCNNs, LSTMs), GANs, Autoencoders,
Reinforcement Learning, Siamese Networks, Regression, SVMs, HMMs,
- Experience in designing solutions that optimize ML performance
by through advanced HW and software techniques.
External Referral Bonus:
Potential for Telework:
Clearance Level Required:
Yes, 10% of the time
Scheduled Weekly Hours:
Leidos is a Fortune 500 information technology, engineering, and
science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's
toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland
security, civil, and health markets. The company's 40,000 employees
support vital missions for government and commercial customers.
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues
of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January
1, 2021. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
Pay and Benefits
Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's
why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of
the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include
competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income
Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available
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Commitment to Diversity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national
origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability,
medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family
structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or
military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will
also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal
histories consistent with relevant laws.
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