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R&D Reinforcement Learning (RL)/Deep Learning (DL)/Machine Learning (ML) Engineer - (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM 87102

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the posting date. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


Sandias Autonomous Sensing and Controls department is seeking an engineer to develop Reinforcement Learning (RL) algorithms for a broad range of applications such as multi-agent games, learning-based control, and real-time tracking. The successful candidate will have a proven background in applied research and should be comfortable balancing the time and deliverable commitments of multiple projects simultaneously.

Sandia has experts in diverse and very broad engineering and scientific domains. In this position, the successful candidate will collaborate with experts in sensors, signal processing, image processing, embedded systems; circuits; communication; navigation, guidance and control.

This position requires clear understanding of mission from customers; definition of work scope and requirements; development of models, solutions, qualification, and documentation; communicating to stakeholders; and delivering products to customers. Opportunities for technical and professional development will be encouraged and supported through collaboration and mentoring efforts.


+ MS in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Engineering, Electrical/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, Machine Learning, or closely related major plus one year of relevant industry experience; or a PhD in relevant STEM major.
+ Advanced-level courses in Machine Learning, or a course in Reinforcement Learning.
+ Solid knowledge of linear algebra and statistics/probability.
+ Proficiency in Python or similar high-level programming languages with appropriate machine learning, statistical, modeling, and engineering packages (such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, Scikit-Learn, OpenAI Baselines, OpenAI Gym).
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


We highly consider and welcome any of the technical excellence in the following:

+ PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Computer Engineering, Electrical/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, or closely related STEM field.
+ Peer-reviewed publications.
+ A proven research record in Reinforcement Learning or Deep Learning.
+ Professional/significant experience in one or more of the following fields: Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision, Navigation, Guidance and Control.
+ Experience with Deep Q Network, Convex Optimization, Proximal Policy Optimization, Generative Adversarial Network, Variational Autoencoder, Object Detection/ EfficientDet/YOLO/Feature Pyramid Networks; Segmentation/U-Net/V-Net; NLP, LSTM, or Recurrent Neural Networks.
+ Signal Processing.
+ Gaussian Processes, Stochastic Reachability.
+ Proficiency in Linux; or High-Performance/Parallel/Vector Computing.
+ Good programming and documentation practices, such as version control, commenting, adherence to the PEP8 in Python.
+ Experience in presentation of technical results and proposal development.
+ Excellent written and oral communication skills.
+ Ability to work in an interdisciplinary teaming environment.
+ Ability to be self-directed and lead research projects.

Department Description:

Sandias Autonomous Sensing and Controls department is a diverse and highly collaborative R&D team delivering next-generation sensor systems and algorithms for: detecting and classifying targets; detecting and classifying signals or images; navigating, guiding, and controlling flight bodies, including computing trajectories for hypersonic flights; segmenting images. The departments unique expertise enables its sensors and control systems to have small size, weight, and power (SWaP). The sensors perform signal processing on-board in real time. They are networked and communicate with each other. They are autonomous, requiring no human intervention once deployed. The development encompasses concept, algorithm, prototyping, programming at all levels, testing and qualification, and hardware delivery. The customers are Defense (such as DTRA and DARPA) and Intelligence communities, Homeland Security, and other groups within Sandia, especially the flight Navigation, Guidance and Control group. The department supports national security missions including nuclear proliferation detection, treaty monitoring, arms control, battlefield and other critical high-reliability missions. The department collaborates extensively with other groups at Sandia, such as Optics, Embedded Systems, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Weapon Components, Geoscience, Robotics, and Satellites. The department staff also perform fundamental research under Sandias Laboratory Directed Research and Development program, including the $35M/5yrs Autonomy For Hypersonics Mission Campaign. The department is part of the Autonomy Enterprise within Sandias Integrated Military System Development Center.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
+ Extraordinary co-workers
+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
+ Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

_World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-09-28 Expires: 2020-11-21

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R&D Reinforcement Learning (RL)/Deep Learning (DL)/Machine Learning (ML) Engineer - (Experienced)

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Albuquerque, NM 87102

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