R&D Scientist/Engineer

TitleR&D Scientist/Engineer: Signal Processing / Machine Learning

Location: Central Virginia (Madison, VA); Washington, DC metro area (Alexandria, VA); Seattle, WA

ARiA applies broad interdisciplinary expertise in acoustics, machine learning, modeling & simulation, and signal processing toward innovative science and engineering research and development for a diverse set of government and corporate clients. Partnering with government, industry, and academia, ARiA solves critical challenges.

To enable effective and efficient transition of applied research to advanced development of products and systems, ARiA is structured to bring together top-quality research scientists with development and software engineers in an environment in which research and development mutually benefit from joint leveraging of in-house expertise.

ARiA is a small business where you can make a big difference. Our employees, including those at entry-level, are working together with the CIO of the Air Force to use artificial intelligence and machine learning  to change the way the government acquires technology and working with top Navy leaders to use video games and simulation to change the way sailors are trained to use sonar.

ARiA: Real Research. Real World.TM

For more information, visit www.ariacoustics.com.

ARiA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Description:

ARiA has multiple positions available for an entry-level (0-2 years of experience) to senior-level (10+ years of experience ) research & development (R&D) scientist\engineer with special expertise in sonar-signal processing and/or machine learning to perform a variety of tasks including basic and applied research and development, working in close coordination with ARiA scientists and engineers

Responsible for:

Formulation and prototype implementation of original concepts and algorithms in sonar-signal processing and/or machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI)

Testing and evaluation of new algorithms based on theoretical analysis and experimental evaluation

Coordination with ARiA scientists and engineers in the development of algorithms and software products

Presentation of findings and results at scientific meetings and program reviews

Supporting the transition of research algorithms to real-time prototypes

Preparing documentation to summarize design and status of software prototypes and products

Assisting with in-field integration, testing, and support, with some local travel required

Sample tasks:

Development of classification methods and algorithms for sonar-signal processing

Development of deep reinforcement learning to optimize data augmentation for training of a deep convolutional neural network for few- and no-shot learning.

Using deep learning to understand the relevant physical features in acoustic scattering data for use in a project on remediating underwater sites contaminated by unexploded ordnance

Developing a information-retrieval tool that allows natural-language query of legal documents to answer user questions about government regulations


Bachelor’s degree (or greater) in a relevant technical field (Acoustics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent).

Appropriate experience working in the field of signal processing in radar or sonar (waveform design, detection and classification, beamforming, etc.) and/or machine learning for acoustic or image data or AI (supervised and unsupervised learning, deep learning, kernel machines, latent semantic analysis, etc.).

Facility designing and developing code in modern programming/scripting languages such as C, C++, Java, Matlab, and/or Python

Completion of at least one sizable research, software, or systems engineering project, such as creating a machine-learning application or contributing to an open-source project

Exceptional ability and desire to acquire new knowledge and skills to solve challenges

Ability to work independently but collaboratively

Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced professional office environment

Ability to communicate technical solutions to project management and the development team

Superior oral and written communications skills

Applicants selected for employment will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements, including U.S. citizenship, for access to sensitive information.

Desirable Skills, Qualifications, and Experience:

Master’s degree or greater (Ph.D. is desirable) in a relevant technical field (Acoustics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar) or equivalent professional experience

Experience with GPGPU programing (CUDA, TensorFlow)

Knowledge of and experience with deep learning and modern deep-learning frameworks (TensorFlow, PyTorch)

Knowledge of and experience with image processing including modern deep-learning methods

Knowledge of and experience with natural-language-processing and/or information retrieval

To apply submit resume/CV and cover letter to hr@ariacoustics.com.