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Research Scientist-Adversarial Machine Learning-2013618 

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 at the leading edge of 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 Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) our role is to help the US Government address its critical needs when the incentives of neither the commercial sector nor the academic research community align with the problem space.

One such emergent need is adversarial machine learning. For example, how should a machine vision system be trained so that it is secure to post training evasion attacks, and how might one verify that the desired security properties of the systems are present after it has been trained? Additionally, how might those answers change across different domains and learning modalities such as natural language, speech, RF, and reinforcement learning?

As a research scientist focusing on machine learning under adversarial conditions, you will apply, conduct, and lead research that matches critical U.S. government needs.


  • BS in Computer Science or related discipline with eight (8) years of experience; OR MS in the same fields with five (5) years of experience; OR PhD with two (2) 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.

Other Requirements:

  • Research practices and publications: You have a track record of conducting research in machine learning and artificial intelligence in either the adversarial or traditional modalities. You have a reputation for the highest level of research and technical integrity. You have demonstrated contributions and have published research.
  • Familiarity with emerging trends and opportunities: You are familiar with technical challenges and emerging trends in computing and information science.
  • Deep technical knowledge: You have performed extensive research in applied machine learning and artificial intelligence in either the adversarial or traditional modalities. You have worked with tools, techniques, algorithms, software, and programming languages for deep learning, reinforcement learning, statistics, sensors and sensor fusion, planning, computer vision, or related areas.


  • Hands-on research: You’ll conduct novel research in applied machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Solution development: You’ll work with interdisciplinary teams to turn research results into prototype operational capabilities for government customers and stakeholders.
  • Collaboration: You'll actively participate on teams of software developers, researchers, designers, and technical leads. You'll build relationships and collaborate with researchers, government customers, and other stakeholders to understand challenges, needs, possible solutions, and research directions.
  • Mentoring: 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 your particular field.

More Information

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


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