AI Planning Research Scientist

Cyber Security
Top Secret/SCI


Silver Spring

Secondary Location:

Basking Ridge

Telecommute Options:

Flexible for occasional telework – must be local to work location
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About Peraton

Peraton is a next-generation national security company that drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted, highly differentiated solutions and technologies to protect our nation and allies. Peraton operates at the critical nexus between traditional and nontraditional threats across all domains: land, sea, space, air, and cyberspace. The company serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies and supports every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Each day, our employees do the can’t be done by solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers. Visit to learn how we’re keeping people around the world safe and secure.


Role and responsibility for this position: 

The Senior AI Planning Research Scientist will solve hard, real-world planning problems requiring nothing less than state-of-the-art solutions. You’ll take responsibility for accomplishing specific deliverables within a small team setting of fellow engineers.  You’ll communicate and collaborate with fellow team members and help guide junior staff. 


Peraton Labs generates transformative applied research to fuel solutions for our customer’s unique challenges. We are a self-sustaining research center within Peraton that provides applied research and engineering to enable government agencies, utilities, and commercial enterprises to fully exploit the future of communications, analytics, and cyber security.


Who we’re looking for: 

  • Cyber: We are looking for staff with a strong interest (and ideally a track record) in cybersecurity research and development.
  • Generalists: You should have a breadth of knowledge across multiple domains.  You’ll typically focus your work on the domain(s) of your specialty or preference, but a strong multi-domain awareness and ability is required.  You should have a curiosity to learn new technology.  
  • Tangible: You’ll work on applied research programs to conceive and develop prototypes to solve cutting-edge, complex problems.  

5 years with BS/BA; 3 years with MS/MA; 0 years with PhD

Education Requirements:

  • Requires 5 years with BS/BA, 3 years with MS/MA, or 0 years with PhD
  • Additional relevant experience will be considered in lieu of formal education

Skills and Experience You Should Possess:  

  • Experience developing and deploying sophisticated AI planning solutions
  • Expertise in common AI planning approaches such as behavior trees, GOAP, HTN, etc.
  • Expertise in one or more system languages: C, C++, Go, etc.
  • Expertise in Python
  • Expertise in designing, developing, and testing software modules related to emerging embedded cyber capabilities, high-availability network protocols, cyber mission planning, and reasoning systems.
  • Modern development practices and toolsets (Git, subversion, CI/CD toolchains)
  • Experience running docker containers
  • Experience developing in Linux
  • A passion to learn something new every day and to stay up-to-date with developments in your field
  • Adept at independent problem-solving and comfortable with a general approach of taking initiative to find and develop solutions
  • US Citizenship Required

Additional Desired Skills:

  • Ability to grasp the “big picture” and see beyond specific problems
  • Network emulation frameworks including CORE, EMANE, MiniNet
  • Experience with Networking Protocols
  • Familiarity with one or more assembly languages (x86/64, ARM, MIPS, etc.)
  • Experience with configuring Network appliances
  • Experience with threat intelligence research

Minimum Clearance Required: 

Active Top Secret, able to obtain TS/SCI

Target Salary Range

$112,000 - $179,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.
SCA / Union / Intern Rate or Range


An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.

Our Values


At Peraton, our benefits are designed to help keep you at your best beyond the work you do with us daily. We’re fully committed to the growth of our employees. From fully comprehensive medical plans to tuition reimbursement, tuition assistance, and fertility treatment, we are there to support you all the way.

  • Paid Time-Off and Holidays
  • Retirement
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Career Development
  • Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Financing
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Additional Benefits
  • Medical, Dental, & Vision Care
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