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Scientific Systems Assistant Group Leader - Active Perception in Woburn, Massachusetts

Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI, is looking for an Assistant Group Leader in the area of Active Perception.

SSCI is a leading developer of advanced technologies for mission planning and autonomy for the Aerospace and Defense industries. Founded in 1990 and based in Woburn, MA, SSCI invents disruptive technologies, develops revolutionary solutions, and builds trusted products for our customers’ most challenging missions. SSCI focuses on the creation of AI/ML-enabled capabilities to command, control, communicate with, and manage composable collections of intelligent agents, smart sensors, and autonomous platforms across all domains.

*This position requires U.S. Citizenship and eligibility for U.S. Dept. of Defense Security Clearance.


The Active Perception Assistant Group Leader is key role providing support and vision for developing new technologies in the area of perception and autonomy. The active Perception Team consists of 8 to 15 very talented researchers and engineers with a breadth of specialties in machine vision, sensor fusion, software and hardware design and implementation, UxV prototyping, and cutting development of Active Perception technologies from neuromorphics to scene analysis. The position supports the Group Leader in leading teams and mentoring/growing staff, as well as directing technology development and new research areas in their own right. The Active Perception group is centered on edge computing for UxV platforms including small ground and air vehicles, creating taskable autonomy stacks, and developing new approaches to smart sensing technologies. The assistant group leader will need to be able to develop, support, and lead proposal efforts for DoD programs, with help from SSCI support staff, and PI or PM programs of interest. The position offers the freedom to develop new technology and follow the technology from inception to transition to product within the company, with significant customer facing role. The position bridges technical development and management, with a significant technical role developing new concepts. It is a career growth position for those with strong technical backgrounds looking to have a larger leadership and management role.


  • Required Skills:

  • PhD or MS +6 years experience in relevant technology area (machine vision, autonomy, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence, machine learning etc.).

  • 3 years experience in DoD related work

  • Experience with Machine Vision; optical flow, visual inertial odometry, scene matching, or similar

  • Demonstrated capability in proposal writing (SBIR/STTR phase I and II, or BAA )

  • Experience working DARPA or Other DoD programs (> $1 million/ per year)

  • Experience leading teams of researchers and engineers (> 3-5 team members)

  • Strong communication and presentation skills (written and verbal) required

Preferred Skills:

  • SBIR/STTR experience is a plus

  • Machine vision experience in visual navigation, stereo vision techniques, and reactive obstacle avoidance

  • Strong software skills and familiarity with C++, Python, ROS, a plus

  • A strong estimation background with Kalman or particle filters is highly desired

  • Background with UAVs highly desired


Salary is competitive with market rates, with annual bonus awards based on company and individual performance. SSCI benefits package includes 401K, Health/Life/Disability Insurance.