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Chief Scientist - SEI AI Division

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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 National Security.

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 capabilities
  • Identify and investigate emerging AI and AI-adjacent technologies that are rapidly transforming the technology landscape
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.

Position Summary: 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 innovation ecosystem.
  • 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 national security.
  • 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 communities.
  • 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.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • 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 challenges.
  • Knowledge and Learning: You possess broad technical interests along with deep knowledge of artificial intelligence.
Other Requirements:
  • 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 clearance.
  • 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.
Benefits: Our benefits philosophy encompasses three driving priorities: Choice, Control, and Well-being. Learn more at . You can join an institution and inspire innovations that change the world.

Carnegie Mellon University is a welcoming workplace that considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


Arlington, VA, Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Software/Applications Development/Engineering

Position Type

Staff – Regular

Full time/Part time

Full time

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