Part-Time Senior Technical Advisor: Defense Innovation Unit (MV) - 38154 in Mountain View, CA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 11/18/2021

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Job Description

Position Overview

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is seeking a part time Senior Technical Advisor that will assist the AI/ML Portfolio Director and the AI/ML Technical Director to fulfill their mission, leveraging commercial technology to solve DoD problems using AI/ML. We’re looking for a dynamic leader who would like to make a difference for a national mission of critical importance. The  part time Senior Technical Advisor is responsible for ensuring technical diligence and assessments of DIU projects as well as helping to drive AI/ML technology and policy across DoD and the rest of government.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides deep technical expertise and experience in both development and deployment of systems that incorporate artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-performance computing, and data science.
  • Member and lead technical contributor to the AI team that delivers commercial AI solutions for the DoD:
    • Works with mission partners to identify and qualify compelling DoD problems.
    • Helps to identify and match commercial technologies to DoD problems.
    • Supports Program Managers in source selection, program execution, milestone assessment, and test & evaluation
  • Coordinates/manages the activities of DIU’s AI/ML technical staff
  • Evaluates and calibrates level of technical risk taken on by DIU AI/ML programs
  • Provides technical support across a wide variety of applications; current projects span healthcare (computer vision), predictive maintenance (time series), business process optimization (structured data analysis), and knowledge graph construction (natural language processing + graph data analysis)
  • Supports public AI prize competitions and projects with other DIU portfolios: Cyber, Human Systems, Autonomy, Advanced Energy & Materials, and Space.
  • Leads the technical interface with other USG organizations including DARPA, OSD R&E, Department of State, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
  • Contributes to high-level policy efforts such as operationalizing the DoD AI Ethical Principles, securing supply chains, response to legislative requests, and dialog with the broader policy community
  • Establishes connections to academia and early-stage industry so that DoD can keep abreast of capabilities that will most influence DoD’s direction. Shares DoD’s vision of the emerging capabilities can provide the greatest value to DoD.
  • Expert knowledge of current and emerging AI / computing technologies, academics, investors, and companies
  • Demonstrated track record of successful commercial software development, product and/or project management
  • Skills in understanding complex technology and translating those environments into executable solutions for large organizations (e.g. large companies, DoD, etc.)
  • Ability to exercise mature leadership and sound judgment in resolving problems involving multiple stakeholders and equities
  • Ability to independently collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data, and present findings and recommendations to senior leadership
  • Ability to communicate effectively with junior, senior, technical, and non-technical audiences on complex technical issues both orally and in writing, and to mentor less experienced team members.


  • PhD in computer science / engineering or similar technical degree(s) or Masters + substantial commercial experience
  • 10+ years preferred of professional experience positions of engineering, technical, and/or product development focus
  • Full-stack proficiency in a relevant set of software languages / frameworks (e.g. Python, C++, PyTorch, Tensorflow, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Experience developing AI / analytic models, performing test & evaluation, and deploying them to production
  • Ability to drive big-picture goals while maintaining strong attention to detail
  • Strong project reporting skills with a focus on interdisciplinary communication
  • Self-motivated with excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong cross-functional collaboration skills to achieve results without direct reports.
  • US Citizenship and a current DOD Secret clearance.





Security Clearance: Secret
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Diversity Statement

We are an EOE that values our employee’s talent – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or other protected characteristics – Your Talent Is Our Strength.

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply. Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply. Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information. U.S. Citizenship Required for the majority of our positions.

Covid Notice

A new Federal Executive Order requires that employees of Federal contractors and subcontractors be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. Accordingly, as a condition of employment with Technical Solutions, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, employees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption prior to starting employment.


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