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AI/ML Mission Initiative Technical Expert



The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) was established to enable the Military Departments and Services, Joint Staff, Combatant Commands (CCMDs), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), and other DoD Components, to serve on a Cross-Functional Team (CFT) to swiftly introduce new capabilities and effectively experiment with new operational concepts in support of DoD's warfighting missions and business functions with the overarching goal of accelerating the delivery of AI-enabled capabilities, scaling the Department-wide impact of AI, and synchronizing DoD AI activities to expand Joint Force advantages. A CFT is an inter-disciplinary team including military officers, acquisition officials, and technical experts.


  • Location: Arlington, VA | USA
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Salary: $187,000k-199,000k
  • Open & Close Dates: 10/21/2021-Current
  • Number of Openings: 01

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is looking for a Senior Advisor and Technical Expert for the development and deployment of National and DoD artificial intelligence mission initiatives. In this role, you would serve as the JAIC’s Technical Expert for the design, development, and implementation of National and DoD artificial intelligence mission initiatives.


  • Leverage best practices from industry and academia to inform the JAIC’s selection, design, and execution of AI-focused initiatives and projects that leverage JAIC services, proliferate best practices among user communities of practice and serve to scale enterprise AI-solutions to operational users internal and external to the Department.
  • Serve as a Technical Advisor for the Mission Initiative Chiefs to build a strategic engagement plans for the delivery of JAIC advisory and other services.
  • Provide technical guidance for JAIC capability delivery and assessment teams to discover AI product requirements through continuous user engagement and accelerate implementation of AI technologies through targeted delivery of JAIC services.
  • Provide technical recommendations for enhancing the JAIC’s Enterprise-wide initiatives and projects, to ensure the adoption of artificial intelligence across the Department.
  • Advise Mission Initiative Chiefs on how to best execute and manage the artificial intelligence and machine learning roadmaps that can be shared internally across DoD and externally with allies, partners, industry, and academia.
  • Apply extensive knowledge of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science concepts, methodology, techniques, and technologies to enhance the design of existing technical project specifications for the deployment for artificial intelligence mission initiatives.
  • Provide consultation and advisement on the development, engineering, and integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning-base initiatives; interprets and advises on studies, analyses and evaluations of the information systems plans, programs, projects, networks, policies, and procedures.
  • Provide technical recommendations to enhance the adoption of a new technological capabilities across multiple organizations internal and external to the Department.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the JAIC Deputy Director and Directorate Director.


  • Extensive experience in developing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solutions for the Federal government; a state or local government; or a large corporation.
  • Expert knowledge of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science concepts, methodology, techniques, and technologies.
  • Significant experience working on complex artificial intelligence and machine learning projects, as the Lead Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Scientist or Engineer.
  • Experience defining and developing a new artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, technologies, and tools.
  • Extensive knowledge of management concepts, principles, methods and practices as well as a full range of product management and engineering software development activities.
  • Expert knowledge in Concept and Exploration, and continues through development, production, and completion of initial fielding of the system/equipment items, and transition to another program office for sustainment and operations as specifically related to artificial intelligence and machine learning enabled solutions.
  • Solid understanding of relevant Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning developments in industry, academia, government, with our allies and partners, and with our adversaries; Ability to apply this understanding to inform DoD artificial intelligence mission roadmaps and key decisions.
  • Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain a DoD SECRET-level security clearance within 12-months of hire and be eligible to be updated to the TS/SCI level.


In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the requirements described below and provide transcripts with the required degree at time of application.

  • GG-0801/0854 Professional Engineering Series: Four-year Professional Engineering degree.
  • GG-1550 Computer Science Series: Bachelor's degree in computer science or bachelor’s degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science (at least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus).
  • GS-1515 Operations Research Series: Bachelor's degree or higher in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics (at least 3 of the 24 semester hours have been in calculus).
  • GS-1529 Mathematical Statistics Series: Degree that includes 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.

All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

For more detailed information on the above criteria, please review the OPM Qualification Standards.


Please submit a complete application package with the following documentation to JAIC Hiring Box at: osd.JAIC-Hiring@mail.mil

  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Interest
  • Resume (required)
  • Unofficial transcripts (required)
  • DD214 (required if applicable)

Complete application packages must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. Incomplete packages may be removed from consideration.


  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • This national security position, which may require access to classified information. Selectee must complete a Special Background Investigation and receive a favorable adjudication by a determining authority. Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI). Failure to maintain security eligibility may result in termination.
  • This is a drug testing position – successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. Tentative offers of employment will be rescinded upon failure to report to the drug test appointment or failure to pass the test. You will be subject to random testing.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Pursuant to the Executive Order on Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Federal Employees, new DoD civilian employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entry on duty, subject to such exceptions as required by law. More details regarding this requirement can be found at: https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/.


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