• Principal Investigator

    Group/Job Location US-MA-Waltham
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  • Overview

    QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and revolutionary products to defense, security and commercial markets worldwide.  Our offerings range from survivability and unmanned systems to power, controls, sensors and transportation solutions. Customers rely on our products to increase readiness, improve mission effectiveness, streamline operations, increase situational awareness and enhance security.
    At QinetiQ-NA, you’ll find a dedicated and talented team of people who enjoy their work and take pride in their accomplishments. As a member of our team,
    you’ll work with cutting-edge technology and some of the industry’s most brilliant minds.  We offer a comprehensive, flexible benefit package including tuition assistance and  career development opportunities. If you’re interested in working for a technology-driven company that is the leader in its industry...but one that maintains the fast-paced, creative environment of a start-up...QinetiQ-NA is the right place for you 

    QinetiQ North America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, or gender identity.



    U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident Status is required.



    QinetiQ North America’s Unmanned Systems Group is looking for a highly motivated Principal Investigator in the fast paced, high tech field of robotics. The Principal Investigator will design, develop and field innovative products, leading a multi-disciplinary team of cutting edge engineers. The PI will also be responsible for developing new concepts, identifying funding opportunities, securing internal funding, working with Business Development to secure external funding.  The PI will be responsible for overseeing and executing all aspects of a product lifecycle from concept generation to final product fielding to deployed system sustainment.


    Job purpose:

    Candidate will be responsible for setting technical direction and drive development in QinetiQ North America’s Waltham, MA based Unmanned Systems group.  Candidate will show thought and technical leadership in the field of military and commercial robotic products.  Projects will involve robotic systems ranging from 10 pounds to >10,000 pounds.  Candidate will be proficient in complex, intelligent systems, have an understanding of machine design and analysis, mechatronics, and software. The candidate will perform as an engineering project team lead or member on projects, and drive fielding and support of new products.  The candidate must to have a demonstrated ability to engage potential funding sources, write proposals, lead teams, interact with internal and external customers, and successfully execute complex programs.  


     Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

    • Develop project and program opportunities, leveraging internal and external funding.
    • Lead interdisciplinary teams to execute complex projects, ranging from early development to product.
    • Provide technical leadership within funding, schedule, and customer constraints.
    • Reach out in the robotics community and build relationships and partnerships.
    • Mentor engineering staff across QNA organization.

    Required Skills

    Project Management – Strong project management and leadership skills required.  Able to lead multidisciplinary teams, Create and assign tasks, supervise and mentor senior and junior level engineers, plan and manage projects including tasks an budgets

    Technical – Strong skills in robotics, with an emphasis on electromechanical system, with ability to manage development in software and autonomy.  Hands on experience in assembling, testing and troubleshooting electromechanical systems in shop environment and field, strong skills across entire design cycle.  Demonstrated ability in making system-level tradeoffs under tight schedule, cost, and customer constraints. 

    Leadership - Strong leadership skills:  initiative, independence, motivation.  Think creatively, promote innovation.

    Computer Aided Design – Must have an understanding of configuration management in system and software design.

    Communication- Must demonstrate excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills with extensive technical & proposal writing experience.  Strong presentation skill and ability to lead customer interaction required.

    Computer- Experience with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.



    • MS with 8-10 years industry experience in Robotics, controls and or autonomy (5 yrs with PhD).
    • Experience with defense research and product development


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