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Company: MDA
Location: Brampton, ON, Canada
Career Level: Mid-Senior Level
Industries: Telecommunications, Broadcasting


Please review the job details below. The MDA facility in Brampton, Ontario has supported human spaceflight for the past 30+ years through the design and operational support of space robotics systems such as Canadarm on the Space Shuttle, and Canadarm2 and Dextre robots on the International Space Station. In addition, this site develops rover technology for Mars missions, space-borne sensors for planetary exploration missions, as well as a multitude of terrestrial spin-offs for medical robotics and nuclear power plant operations. MDA is currently exploring future opportunities in areas such as AI-based robotics for Lunar Gateway (the next international space station, which will orbit the moon), on-orbit satellite servicing, and next-generation space missions. The site is currently seeking Staff Engineer.

MDA is currently seeking a Staff Engineer/Member of Technical Staff to lead the development of machine learning and machine intelligence/artificial intelligence architectures for the Deep Space Gateway robotics, commercial space robotics for on-orbit servicing, and to improve Canadarm2 operations flow on the International Space Station in the near term. The main responsibilities and activities of the position will be:

  • Co-develop mission and operations process flow from the outset of mission planning, through on-orbit operation, to post-flight analysis, identifying at each stage the inputs, outputs, needed stakeholder approvals, duration, and effort
  • Identify aspects of the Mission Operations Process which offer the promise of significant improvements in duration, effort, and resource allocation, both through the use of AI and other optimization methods
  • Explore partnerships with SMEs and universities to validate potential developments in AI and determine potential near- and medium-term R&D collaboration project efforts
  • Develop an R&D Roadmap for AI-based developments to address short-, medium-, and long-term Mission Operations Process improvements
  • Lead/execute initial seedling projects addressing early roadmap activity to explore the potential viability and potential of proposed ideas
  • Engage MDA's key stakeholders (internal and external – e.g., CSA, government of Canada, federal and provincial funding agencies – on the value proposition for AI-enabled Space Robotics Mission Operations

Act as engineering leader for funded development and government grant proposals for AI-oriented pursuits

Interested candidates must possess a PhD in Engineering or Computer Science with a specialization in AI. Extensive experience in well-conditioned and verifiable applications of AI is required and knowledge of the relative strengths and limitations of a broad range of AI approaches is mandatory. Experience developing and mentoring engineers and other technical staff and implementing machine learning solutions in startup environments is an asset. A deep understanding of the application of AI to robotic operations is preferred. The candidate must have comprehensive engineering knowledge in more than one discipline. Experience in project management or project engineering is considered an asset.

Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are essential. All candidates must be able to obtain both CGP and ITAR clearance.

Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at its many locations. As a member of the MDA team, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection for employees and their families through health care plans, disability income protection, life insurance, and other employee benefits. The Company's retirement plans encourage employees to save for their future with a Company matching contribution in many locations.​

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