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Artificial Intelligence – Semantics Engineer, Lead

MITRE

This is a Contract position in Fairfax County, VA posted September 16, 2020.

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MITRE’s Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Department is seeking top individuals with a passion for artificial intelligence, experience and proficiency with ontology and information semantics, as well as one or more of the following technical areas: knowledge-based reasoning, cognitive science, multi-agent systems, automated planning, and machine learning.

Our ideal candidate is experienced in developing solutions for the representation, management, exchange, and exploitation of meaningful data, by using information semantics, ontological engineering, reasoning and inference, text mining, and data mining.

Requirements include proficiency with ontology design and development, extensive experience with knowledge-management systems and applications using ontologies, and familiarity with implementations conformant to established standards (including W3C Recommendations) for ontology and information semantics.

Additionally, they have solid experience in other AI capabilities.

At MITRE, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of challenges while leading and/or working with interdisciplinary teams to design, develop, and field AI solutions that improve the effectiveness of our sponsors’ programs.

You will have opportunities to shape the technical and programmatic direction of programs by analyzing existing and anticipated problems and evaluating potential solutions.

Your experience will allow you to assess the adequacy and maturity of current research programs, influence research directions, and identify emerging areas where research and development are needed to strengthen the nation’s growing AI capabilities.

Day-to-day responsibilities:
• Lead and/or contribute to the design, development, and/or implementation of technical solutions requiring knowledge representation, ontology engineering, knowledge management, Semantic Web technologies, and related technical disciplines.

• Analyze, evaluate, and present Information Semantics and other AI solutions applied to sponsor requirements and needs.

• Understand and maintain up-to-date knowledge of advances in Information Semantics and other AI capabilities in industry and academia.

• Develop, propose, and execute original research in the field of Information Semantics.

• Develop and propose new research directions in Information Semantics and other AI-enabled solutions in support of MITRE’s internal research program and sponsors’ research programs.

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Information Semantics (or related filed) in one or more of the following fields: Computational Linguistics; Computer Science/AI with concentrations in Knowledge Representation, Semantics, and/or Automated Reasoning; Philosophy of Language, Formal Logic, or Formal Ontology, with practical applications.

• 8 years of experience with defining, developing, and deploying solutions in Information Semantics and other AI capabilities.

• Must be a US citizen able to obtain and maintain a US government clearance.

Required Qualifications:
• Ability to articulate challenges specific to Information Semantics, identify gaps in knowledge representation and implementation, discuss the critical issues, and develop and evaluate practical solutions.

• Documented success creating enterprise strategies for organizations using ontology-related technologies and knowledge/logic-based applications.

• Hands on information technology program/project management and software development experience related to building ontologies and knowledge representation systems and applications that use ontologies
• Experience with knowledge representation languages such as OWL and programming languages such as, Java and Python.

• Experience in related AI-relevant fields, such as natural language processing, text and data mining, data and object modeling, enterprise modeling, and automated reasoning.

• Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).

• Ability to work both independently and with a team.

• Ability to develop and foster relationships with MITRE sponsors (clients).

• Familiarity with the state-of-the-art in the field.

• Proven ability to work independently to learn new technologies, techniques, processes, languages, platforms, and systems.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s or PhD degree in artificial intelligence or related discipline w/ experience in defining, developing, and deploying AI solutions
• Experience in a cybersecurity domain.

• Preference given to qualified candidates with active DoD Secret clearance.

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