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Why work at IAI/BlueHalo


At Intelligent Automation (now a BlueHalo company) our employees describe their work as reminiscent to a graduate school lab with the unique opportunity to see your innovation go beyond the research environment. At IAI/BlueHalo your work will transition to the real world, where it can make a difference.


Being on the BlueHalo team means working alongside the brightest minds in technology on the toughest challenges facing our nation – not just every once in a while, but every single day.


Together, we are leading the transformation of modern warfare and each BlueHalo employee plays a key role. That’s why our investment in you goes beyond a rewarding salary and benefits package. We’re committed to providing our people with the best opportunities to develop their skills, share their knowledge, and push their innovative ideas to the cutting-edge. Having fun doing it with a team that feels like family all across BlueHalo Nation is the ultimate perk. From Space and Directed Energy to Cyber and Intelligence to C4ISR and Air & Missile Defense, there is no limit to where you can take your career with us.


Are you ready to launch a career at BlueHalo?


Benefits, Retirement & more


Our careers benefits include but are not limited to the following:


  • Flexible/hybrid work schedule (built-in work from home days)
  • Professional development & educational assistance
  • Retirement savings with employer matching
  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Medical and life insurance
  • Active social committee
  • Fitness center
  • Annual profit sharing
  • Relocation expenses
  • Paid vacation & holidays


About Us


Intelligent Automation, a BlueHalo company, is a technology innovation company with an office located in Rockville, MD. It conducts state-of-the-art research and product development in the areas of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Robotics, Signal Processing, Controls, Sensor Technologies, Distributed Intelligent Systems, and more.


We specialize in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal and state agencies, and corporations throughout the United States and internationally. Our transportation portfolio includes Surface Transportation, Big Data Analytics, Controls, Signal Processing, Modeling & Simulation, and Robotics & Sensor Systems.


Role Overview


IAI is looking for a talented research data scientist to contribute to research and development efforts in machine learning, graph theory, and scientific software development.  The candidate will incorporate novel ideas and improve the state of the art on advanced projects related to processing of large networks, analyzing data in high dimensions and implementing high performance computing software.  Additionally, the candidate will develop a portfolio of related research by extending existing work and proposing new methods with novel application domains. 


You are highly encouraged to apply if you enjoy working with data and algorithms, passionate about understanding how things work, want to solve complex problems and strive to stay current on the technology and literature in areas of high performance computing, network analysis and machine learning.



  • Design and develop scalable machine learning and network analytic algorithms
  • Evaluate performance of a variety of machine learning and network analytic algorithms
  • Debug and solve problems in complex environments
  • Explore use of novel methods for compression, dimensionality reduction and summarization
  • Communicate findings effectively in the form of briefings and technical reports
  • Formulate research ideas/hypotheses to solve new problems



  • Algorithm development experience in Python, C/C++ and/or Java
  • Development of machine learning and/or graph-based algorithms (e.g., scikit-learn, networkx, mlpack, weka)
  • Familiar with high performance and big data computing technology (e.g., MPI, OpenMP, OpenACC, CUDA, opencl, mapreduce, hadoop, spark, BSP)
  • Exposure to graph traversal languages and graph databases (e.g., Apache Tinkerpop, neo4j, JanusGraph)
  • Familiar with word embedding methods (e.g., word2vec, GloVe, doc2vec)
  • Comfortable working on linux systems


  • A Masters degree or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or related field is required.


Leading the Transformation - The BlueHalo Effect
It speaks to who we are as a company, a global protective ring that shields everything we most want to safeguard, an unbroken line that ensures our customers retain the advantage in any battlespace, from high above the Earth to deep in cyberspace. It’s who we are, a halo, a protector, the light of inspired engineering keeping our Nation safe.
Our vision is a world where national security is certain because technical superiority is assured.
Join us and become a vital element of The BlueHalo Effect!


EEO Statement 
BlueHalo is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
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