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Research Scientist - 2008585 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

What We Do:

At the SEI Emerging Technology Center, we describe our work as “making the recently possible mission-practical.” We help our government customers stay up to date on new technology by identifying, demonstrating, extending, and applying emerging software technologies to solve real government problems. We currently work in the fields of human-machine interaction, applied artificial intelligence and machine learning, and advanced computing—areas that are changing and progressing rapidly. As we show our customers how new technologies can improve their mission capabilities through rapid prototyping and iterative development, we both rely on and shape academic and industrial research.

Are you creative, curious, energetic, collaborative, technology-focused, and hard-working? Are you interested in making a difference by bringing innovation to government organizations and beyond? Apply to join our team.

Position Summary: As a research scientist on our team, you will identify, shape, apply, conduct, and lead research that matches critical U.S. government needs.


  • BS in Computer Science or related discipline with eight years of experience; OR MS in the same fields with five years of experience; OR PhD with two years of experience.
  • Flexible to travel to other SEI offices in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Moderate (25%) 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.
  • Research practices and publications: You have a track record of conducting research and applying scientific methods. You have a reputation for the highest level of integrity. You have demonstrated contributions and have published research across multiple fields.
  • Familiarity with emerging trends and opportunities: You are familiar with technical challenges and emerging trends in computing and information science, and you are aware of opportunities in industry and government.
  • Deep technical knowledge: You have performed extensive work or research in computer vision, machine emotional intelligence, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, high performance computing, graph analytics, advanced machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, or related fields. You have worked with tools, software, and programming languages associated with your field.
  • Technical leadership: You have led research projects or have experience building and leading teams of researchers.
  • Proposals: You have formulated and delivered successful research proposals to the federal government and led the resulting projects.
  • Government projects: You have worked with DARPA, IARPA, Service Labs, or other government research sponsors.


  • Hands-on research: You will conduct and lead novel research in rapidly advancing technical fields such as human-machine interaction, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced computing.
  • Solution development: You will participate on and lead interdisciplinary teams to develop operational capabilities for our government customers.
  • Strategy: You will work with Center leaders and colleagues to plan, develop, and carry out an overall research strategy, and to influence the national research agenda regarding future technology.
  • Collaboration: You'll actively participate on 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 Center by mentoring and teaching others, participating in design (software and otherwise) sessions, and sharing insights and wisdom across the SEI Emerging Technology Center team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Communication and Collaboration: You have strong written and verbal communication skills and can interact collaboratively and diplomatically with customers and colleagues. You grasp the big picture, direction, and goals of an effort while focusing great attention to detail. You can present complex ideas to people who may not have a deep understanding of the subject area.
  • Dedication: You can meet deadlines while multi-tasking–sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities.
  • 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 and other universities and organizations. You quickly learn new 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 a deep knowledge of a particular field such as human-computer interaction, data analytics and machine learning, advanced computing, and autonomy and adaptive systems.

More Information

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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