Computer Vision Research Engineer

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/10/17
Engineering Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/10/17

If you are looking for a career position where you will apply the latest computer vision research to problems of national importance, then our Raleigh division of ARA has an exciting opportunity worth considering. Not only will you be able to apply your expertise while continuing to learn, you will do it in a stable, collaborative environment that fosters team work, innovation, and technical excellence.

Our internal research team at ARA works closely with faculty and graduate students from the computer vision, photogrammetry, and computer graphics departments at Purdue University, the University of Tennessee, the University of North Carolina, and ETH Zurich. This position originates from a newly formed joint industry and academic team primed by ARA that is focused on geometric reconstruction of city-scale urban environments. As a valued contributor your responsibilities will include (1) defining requirements and establishing research objectives with the team, (2) working independently and as a member of smaller subgroups to develop new algorithms, (3) testing evolving algorithms against established performance metrics, and (4), in later year of the program, transition the research from a prototype system to the intelligence and defense communities.

The opportunity for career advancement and continual learning does not stop there. At ARA we continually identify cross-training opportunities and encourage staff to be involved in other R&D and software development programs of their interest. You can expect on a day to day level to be challenged with independent computer vision research and algorithm development that supports a larger collaborative team of ARA researchers and academic partners.

Position Requirements:

  • PhD degree in computer vision, or closely related field
  • Expertise in multi-view geometry, 3D graphics, robust estimation, image processing
  • Relocation to Raleigh NC; position involves minimal travel to customer meetings
  • Team player with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Eligibility to apply for and hold a US security clearance (selected applicants will undergo a securityinvestigation and must meet eligibility requirements at the time of employment).

Position Preferences:

  • Experience generating point clouds from images and video
  • Experience in terrain generation from point cloud data
  • Experience in machine learning, including deep learning
  • Experience in inverse modeling, contextural reasoning, and probabilistic inferencing
  • Experience in GIS applications
  • Experience programming in Matlab, Python, and C++


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,100 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, pleaseapply at

ARA is an EOE/M/F/Disabled/Veteran Employer.

ARA is an At-Will Employer.


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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.




PHD or better in Computer Science or related field.


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