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Businesses United Technologies Research Center Job ID 01273399 Date posted 01/04/2019 City Berkeley State California Country United States

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RCCA1: UTRC California Office 2855 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94705 USA

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) is the corporate research center of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), one of the world’s largest and most respected corporations, operating at the leading edge of commercial and military aviation, aerospace systems, climate control, elevator design, and security and fire protection. UTC was founded by some of the world’s greatest inventors and pioneers who built brands such as Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Goodrich, Otis, and Carrier. We helped build the Second Industrial Revolution and brought about a century of urbanization and globalization. Now we need your help to build the next one.

In UTRC, we create new ideas and opportunities by collaborating across time zones, geographies and cultures. We are a community of high performing inventors, innovators, thinkers, manufacturers, motivators, leaders, problem solvers, dreamers and achievers. We work with universities, external research organizations, and global business units to identify, develop and demonstrate innovative technology solutions, products, services and intelligent systems.

We are looking for independent thinkers and self-starters with a demonstrated ability to produce high-quality innovative technical content by collaborating with fellow researchers and product specialists. You will have the opportunity to continuously develop and invent new technologies, products and processes. At UTRC, you’ll be part of an evolving, globally diverse company that’s moving fast to shape the future of technology - one full of career opportunities and the chance to contribute and grow in a variety of ways.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest people from the broadest and most diverse talent pool possible, so that we can serve our customers globally. If you have ideas, inspiration and expertise to continue developing products and systems that make the world a better place to live, then we have a great opportunity for you to contribute to our continued legacy of innovation.

The Autonomous and Intelligent Systems department of UTRC has an opening at the level of senior scientist in the broad area of Applied Mathematics, which includes the areas of uncertainty quantification, stochastic systems, probability and statistics, dynamical systems, and stochastic optimization.  Candidates meeting a substantial subset of the criteria listed below are encouraged to apply. The appropriate grade level will be assessed based on education and years/type of experience.

In particular, we are interested in candidates who will bring new expertise for enhancing robustness, predictability, and performance of UTC’s product portfolio and a passion for translating ideas into impactful demonstrators or products.  Successful candidates will lead the use of these technologies for the next generation autonomous systems and reasoning technologies.

The successful candidate will be expected to
• Work on difficult engineering tasks with little to no supervision, yet assuring good coordination with team members and leader for attaining the project goals.
• Be a good team player.
• Act as principal investigator as needed, leading multidisciplinary teams.
• Be able to communicate openly and effectively to both technical peers and senior management.
• Author technical papers and reports including publications in top journals and conferences; be active in related technical communities.

Minimum of M.S. in Applied Mathematics or relevant Engineering disciple with 4 years of experience. Preferred: Ph.D. in disciplines as outlined above and 1-2 years of experience.

We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in algorithm development for scalable analysis and optimization of complex systems in the presence of uncertainty. Ability to apply concepts from a broad range of areas such as dynamical systems theory, numerical methods, non-convex optimization, and uncertainty quantification in rigorous and innovative ways is also required. They should be familiar with modeling of stochastic processes, Bayesian methods, continuation algorithms, and bifurcation theory. Experience with autonomous and reasoning systems is a plus. The candidate should be comfortable with programming in C/C++, Python, and MATLAB. Familiarity with tools such as AUTO and Simulink is a plus. In addition, the candidate should be comfortable with fast-paced, but rigorous software development and be able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary, multinational team environment focused on innovation. Finally, they should be able to partner with leading worldwide institutions (university, government agencies, national labs, and professional organizations).

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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