What We Do
At the SEI AI Division, we conduct research in applied artificial
intelligence and solve engineering challenges related to the
practical design and implementation of AI technologies and systems.
We currently lead a community-based movement to establish, advance,
and promote the discipline of AI Engineering for Defense and
As our government customers adopt AI and machine learning to
provide leap-ahead mission capabilities, we
- Build real-world, mission-scale AI capabilities by
solving practical engineering problems
- Discover and define the processes, practices, and tools
to support operationalizing AI for human-centered, robust, secure,
and scalable mission capabilities
- Prepare our customers to be ready for the unique
challenges of adopting, deploying, using, and maintaining AI
- Identify and investigate emerging AI and AI-adjacent
technologies that are rapidly transforming the technology
Are you creative, curious, and collaborative? Do you enjoy doing
meaningful and complex work? Are you interested in making a
difference by bringing innovation to government organizations and
beyond? Apply to join our team.
As the SEI AI Division Chief Scientist on
our team, you will shape and direct our research portfolio,
maintain a future-focused research roadmap for advancing the
discipline of AI Engineering, oversee the quality and impact of our
research, and serve as a key member of the division leadership team
helping to set overall strategy and direction.
- Technical Leadership and Portfolio Management: You have
created, grown, and led research projects, initiatives, and
portfolios. You have mentored, managed, grown, and led diverse
teams of researchers.
- Deep technical knowledge: You have performed and led
extensive work in machine learning, artificial intelligence,
advanced computing, human-computer interaction, computer vision, or
related fields. You maintain a current awareness of research
trends, recent publications, major developments in AI and AI
adjacent fields, and DoD research needs and directions.
- Research Practices and Publications: You have a track
record that includes leading research, applying scientific methods,
publishing, and communicating research ideas and findings. You have
a reputation for the highest level of integrity. You have
demonstrated sound technical contributions and have published your
work across multiple fields.
- Idea Generation and Proposal Creation: You have
experience participating in and leading idea creation processes,
have formulated and delivered successful research to DoD and other
government research funding agencies, and led and directed the
resulting research projects.
- Government Research Experience: You have worked with
DARPA, IARPA, Service Labs, or other government research sponsors
or otherwise have extensive knowledge of the DoD research and
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Research Leadership: You will oversee and guide a
portfolio of novel research focused on advancing the discipline of
AI Engineering. The current research portfolio includes topics in
advanced computing for AI, robust and secure AI, human-machine
integration, AI test and evaluation, and AI mission applications.
Our research portfolio approach tracks and adapts to the latest
trends and developments in the broad field of AI.
- Talent Development: You will help identify, recruit,
retain, mentor, and develop a high-caliber, interdisciplinary, and
diverse team of research scientists.
- Strategy: You will lead the Center’s process to plan,
develop, and carry out an overall research and technology
development strategy, and influence the national research agenda
regarding AI Engineering with a specific focus on defense and
- Customer and Innovation Community Engagement: You will
engage with customers and stakeholders. You will represent the
division’s research portfolio regularly presenting our work at
various technology, research, and national security venues. You
will build and maintain relationships with the DoD innovation
ecosystem including relevant research and technology
- Collaboration: You'll actively participate on diverse
teams of software developers, researchers, designers, and technical
leads. You'll collaborate with researchers and our government
customers to understand challenges, needs, and possible solutions.
You'll contribute to improving the overall technical capabilities
of the division by mentoring and teaching others, participating in
ideation and design sessions, and sharing insights and wisdom
across the SEI. You will work closely with the SEI CTO and other
lead scientists across the SEI and represent the division on the
SEI Tech Council.
- Communication and Collaboration: You are
an exceptional communicator and can interact collaboratively and
diplomatically with customers and colleagues at all levels of
experience and knowledge. You grasp the big picture, direction, and
goals of an effort while having the natural ability to dig into the
details on problems and technical concepts and provide clear
direction. You can present complex ideas to people who may not have
a deep understanding of the subject area.
- Dedication and Motivation: You can meet deadlines while
multi-tasking–sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities
and ambiguous directions. You are self-motivated and can work
toward a common vision with little oversight.
- Creativity and Innovation: You are
creative and curious, and you are inspired by the prospect of
collaborating with premier researchers and visionaries at Carnegie
Mellon University and other innovation-focused organizations. You
quickly learn new concepts, procedures, techniques, and approaches.
You are forward-looking and can connect research with practical
- Knowledge and Learning: You possess broad
technical interests along with deep knowledge of artificial
- Flexible to travel to Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., sponsor
sites, conferences, and other meetings. Moderate (20-40%) travel
outside of your home location.
- You will be subject to a background investigation and must be
eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security
- Applicants for this position must be currently legally
authorized to work for CMU in the United States. CMU will not
sponsor or take over sponsorship or take over sponsorship of an
employment visa for this opportunity.
Our benefits philosophy encompasses three driving
priorities: Choice, Control, and Well-being. Learn more at https://www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/
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