Collaborative Autonomy Graduate Research Assistant - Spring 2022 - ATAS - Smyrna, GA

Submit Resume ID: 497030
Type: Students: Graduate Research Asst. (GRA)
Location: Smyrna, GA
Categories: Algorithm Development, Robotics/Automated Systems, Software Development/Design, Aerospace, Aircraft, Autonomous Systems, Undersea Systems

Job Description

The student will work in the Collaborative Autonomy branch of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Division of the ATAS Laboratory. This position will support the development of safety-critical autonomous system architectures that meet airworthiness and security requirements in various DoD efforts.

We are looking for strong candidates that have extensive C/C++ and Python programming skills, follow software engineering best practices, and have a strong mathematical foundation and problem-solving skills. The candidate would have knowledge in one of the following:

• Configuration management tools
• Task/team leadership experience
• Strong math skills and ability to learn complex engineering concepts
• Familiarity with Linux and open-source tools
• Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas

Job duties may include one or more of the following:

• Support system integration and software development projects for the Department of Defense autonomous system improvement programs.
• Use system specifications and interface descriptions for integration into testing system of systems for Software-in-the-Loop (SITL), Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL), and vehicle flight test operations.
• Grow expertise in software architectural frameworks, methods, and tools.
• Ensure that technical work is performed to appropriate professional standards and that technical requirements are met.
• Manage and document system configurations, including project-specific DevOps practices.
• Add or improve a newly developed library and source code into the broader software stack.
• Add and leverage a third-party library within the autonomy software stack.
• Create improvements to core software components of autonomy architectures used, including illustrating, documenting, and debugging software issues.
• Coordinate system development tasks to include design, integration, and formal testing.

Required Minimum Qualifications

Graduate Research Assistant

  • Pursuing a Master’s degree or PhD at Georgia Tech in Aerospace, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credit hours)
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Commit to 15-20 hours of work per week

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in integrating and deploying robotics algorithms for real-time operation on a robot in a real world environment is a plus. Proven research or software project experience in at least one of these areas is desirable:
- Multi-robot collaboration
- Path planning and navigation
- Behavior based robotics
- Optimal control and estimation
- Machine learning for robotic control
- Software engineering processes

Hours per Week

10–20 hours per week

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Housing and Relocation

Housing and relocation assistance are not available for this position.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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