Share Email Opening

Chief Scientist, Software Solutions Division - 2003820 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University - Software Engineering Institute 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.

Position Summary: The Chief Scientist of the Software Solutions Division has strategic, operational and tactical responsibilities. Strategic responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development of the SSD technical strategy in conjunction with the SSD Director, Deputy Director, Technical Directors, and the Chief Technology Officer.  The strategy must align with the SEI strategic plan and extends across the division-wide technical pipeline of research, development, maturation and transition.
  • Maintaining an active presence in the software engineering research and DoD S&T communities; building external relationships to foster SSD technical collaborations (with other FFRDCs, industry, research labs, etc.) and expand the sources of research funding; fostering strong ties with researchers from Carnegie Mellon; and maintaining a personal technical footprint necessary for credibility with software researchers within SSD, across the SEI, and within the software engineering research and DOD S&T communities.
  • Establishing and implementing processes to enhance the quality and competitiveness of SSD research and technical support.
  • Establishing and implementing processes for the routine and systematic flow of information between research and customer delivery projects to fulfill the research to practice and practice to research cycle.

Tactical and operational responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the primary SSD representative to the SEI Tech Council.
  • Periodically communicating the needs of sponsors and stakeholders to the technical staff.
  • Facilitating the development and maturation of high quality, competitive research proposals especially with respect to the design of the research and approach to establishing scientific and operational validity.
  • Staying abreast of work in other SEI divisions and seeking synergies and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Supporting SSD business development with strategic sponsors and customers.
  • Serving as a mentor and helping to grow and advance the careers of the SSD technical staff.
  • Serving as a member of the SSD Director’s Office and Leadership team.


Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS degree in computer science, engineering, or acceptable equivalent.

Licenses: None

Experience: Fifteen years of experience conducting research and/or managing the research and development of software-intensive projects. Experience in building and managing high quality technology teams. Working knowledge of the software engineering discipline. Established reputation in the software engineering research community.

Skills/Abilities: Able to team with senior managers and officials, technical researchers and engineers, and all levels of SEI personnel. Demonstrated capability in leading senior level researchers, managing and contributing to research agendas, and financial management.  Able to develop plans, manage and contribute to projects in an integrated team environment. Able to develop and deliver products and projects. Have strong organization, team building, communication and mentoring skills.

Mobility: Some extended trips to various site locations including Europe, Asia and Australia.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office setting with continuous usage of computers

Mental: Ability to work under pressure, negotiate with customers, and meet inflexible deadlines

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.


Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training:  PhD in computer science, engineering, or acceptable equivalent.


Accountability: The SSD CS is accountable for the creation of the SSD technical strategy and in conjunction with the SSD DO is accountable for the acquisition of adequate resources (i.e., funding, collaborators) for execution of the technical strategy.

Direction: As a member of the SSD DO, the CS takes direction from the SSD Director and Deputy Director.  The CS operates with minimum supervision using CMU and SEI defined practices, policies, and procedures.

Decisions: The CS leads the development of strategies and initiatives and assists with their implementation by identifying research topics and specific opportunities. The CS also selects and funds special research projects and activities that further the mission of SSD and the SEI.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The Chief Scientist supervises special technical projects funded by the CS or as directed by the SSD Director. 


Job Functions or Responsibilities:

35%     Lead the formulation of the SSD technical strategy in consonance with the SSD Director, Deputy Director, Technical Directors, and the CTO.  Work with the Technical Directors and teams to implement that strategy.  Assist with research team formation, recruiting appropriate talent, and mentoring of technical staff.  Provide guidance to and monitor the success of SSD research and special technical projects and cross-cutting efforts.  Advocate for and present the SSD technical agenda. 

10%     Participate as a member of the SSD senior leadership team. Work to ensure positive working environment, organizational effectiveness, impactful technical contributions, and SSD mission success.

30%     Establish and maintain relationships within the software research community, DoD and other US government agencies, Carnegie Mellon Community, as well as leaders in the software and systems development communities.   Identify and nurture technical collaborations and funding opportunities.

10%     Serve on the SEI Tech Council.  Collaborate and coordinate with the CTO and other SEI Chief Scientists.  Serve as the SSD liaison on activities related to OSD governance of Line-funded projects.  

15%     Contribute technically and maintain leading-edge currency in software research/profession.



Organizational Chart: SSD Director < SSD Deputy Director  = SSD Chief Scientist


Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

Job Categories Software Engineering & Development 

This position is currently not accepting applications.

To search for an open position, please go to

Follow us See who works here:

AppOne.comTM   copyrightŠ1999-2017 HR Services, Inc.
Click here for technical assistance.