Riverside Research Institute

Counter UxS Systems Engineer

Location US-VA-Arlington
ID 2024-3359
Future Opportunities
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

Riverside Research is seeking a tech-savvy individual with experience designing, testing, integrating, and fielding commercial UxS, counter-UAS technologies, and related enabling technologies for joint defense applications. This individual will join a diverse team delivering cutting edge commercial technologies to the DoD and will leverage prior, related operator experience, knowledge of defense RDT&E fundamentals, and project management experience to prototype and scale collaborative UxS and counter UAS capabilities across DoD and our allied partners. Prior experience supporting commercial and DoD programs focused on autonomous systems, specifically sUAS and counter UAS is required.  This position is located at the Pentagon, Arlington, VA or Mountain View, CA.



All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. citizenship.



  • Lead collaborative teams in the design, execution, and management of projects focused on applying and integrating innovative commercial solutions to joint DoD problem-sets
  • Develop and execute acquisitions packages in accordance with best practices and prescribed policies and procedures, and support acquisition lifecycle activities resulting in prototype awards through execution, milestone delivery, modifications and close out
  • Provide technical and operational advice and assistance related to several autonomous systems projects, including multi-domain autonomous systems and related technologies including small UAS, robotics, counter UAS, AI, cybersecurity, AI, ML operations
  • Apply knowledge of technical systems and sensor platforms (eg. optical, acoustic, radar detection sensors), commercial software/DevSecOps processes, and AI algorithms to educate endusers , verify and validate commercial technology, and provide real-time feedback during tests and demonstrations
  • Manage relationships between DoD stakeholders, DoD and IC innovation ecosystems, and commercial entities required for successful program execution
  • Leverage defense innovation and/or end-user networks to identify DoD problems that could be solved by commercial autonomous solutions and lead problem curation, acquisition, and funding strategies with diverse sets of endusers, stakeholders, and policymakers
  • Participate in outreach and collaboration with commercial, industry, academia, other non-traditional vendors, DoD entities, program offices, and technical subject matter experts from these communities
  • Apply knowledge of relevant DoD technology policy and acquisition, and RDT&E lifecycles, as well as commercial best practices, and translate that to develop time-sensitive transition and DoD-wide scaling opportunities
  • Understand how the relevant acquisition and research arms of the military services develop technology priorities and how to translate that into the private sector



  • Bachelor’s Degree in technical or related field (Electrical Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Science) and a minimum of 15 years of related experience. 12 years relevant experience with a Master’s Degree in a technical/engineering field (e.g. electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science) or business (e.g. MBA). or 8 yrs relevant experience with a PhD.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in project or program management supporting RDT&E programs and national security missions.
  • Experience supporting commercial AI or UxS technology development as a HW/SW engineer or product manager
  • Demonstrated understanding of defense UxS technologies, platforms, functional testing procedures and protocols, and policies, including experience performing rapid-needs assessment, technology evaluation, and translation of technical requirements and broad problem-sets into fielded systems
  • Prior military experience that allows the candidate to curate problems and define requirements with military end users
  • Prior experience supporting and leading government and commercial vendor collaborative teams to rapidly iterate and deliver project tasks and milestones
  • Excellent leadership, communication, organization, and client-handling skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a cross-function team under tight deadlines and high pressure environments
  • Impeccable character
  • TS clearance and ability to obtain and maintain TS/SCI


  • Prior military experience that allows the candidate to curate problems and define requirements with military end users. 
  • Prior experience supporting and leading government and commercial vendor collaborative teams to rapidly iterate and deliver project tasks and milestones.

Global Comp

$150,000 - $250,000 This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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