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Computer Vision Research Scientist at Thales DIS USA Inc. in Pasadena, California

Posted in Health Care 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Location: Pasadena, United States of America

Thales people architect identity management and data protection solutions at the heart of digital security. Business and governments rely on us to bring trust to the billons of digital interactions they have with people. Our technologies and services help banks exchange funds, people cross borders, energy become smarter and much more. More than 30,000 organizations already rely on us to verify the identities of people and things, grant access to digital services, analyze vast quantities of information and encrypt data to make the connected world more secure.

This position is a hybrid position located in Pasadena, CA

Thales is looking for an experience Computer Vision Research Scientist in our biometric algorithms team, you will lead and conduct applied research towards the implementation and improvement of the algorithms underlying our world-class biometric product line. Research areas include biometric image quality assessment, face, finger friction ridge, scars/marks/tattoo and iris recognition, biometric fusion, and presentation attack detection.

Key Areas of Responsibilities

•Develop state-of-the-art biometric algorithms and systems for image quality assessment, recognition, fusion, and presentation attack detection

•Evaluate and continuously improve these algorithms for biometric performance, speed, and demographic equitability

•Validate each improvement after system integration and for the targeted scenario

•Stay abreast of the latest scientific publications in biometrics and pertinent fields of computer vision (CV)

•Implement and evaluate published approaches to benchmark them against our own

•Propose new approaches for features that differentiate us from the competition 

•Write near-production level code and practice secure coding standards

•Collaborate closely with your team members while effectively using resources within the global organization

•Grow into the role of a Thales-wide subject matter expert in your fields of specialization

•Prepare submissions for internal and external technology evaluations

•Occasionally support pre/post-sales projects

•Secure IP by submitting patent applications

•Shape research roadmaps in negotiations with product managers and business owners

Minimum Requirments

•Masters of Science with 5+ years of industry in a relevant and technical discipline or a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field with 2+ years of industry experience in a relevant and technical discipline

•First-authored publications in related conference or journal if you possess a PhD

•Prior experience in an analytical role using scientific rigor to create solutions

•Collaborative skills with the ability and willingness to strive in a diverse environment

•Prior completed-project experience in at least one of the fields: biometrics, 2D or 3D object detection & recognition, pose estimation, segmentation, texture analysis/synthesis, and shape-from-X

•Experience in classical or deep-learning-based machine learning for CV applications,

•Background in stochastic signal analysis and detection, as relevant to these fields

•A thorough understanding of the digital imaging process, including its optical aspects

•5+ years of strong coding skills experience in C/C++ in a corporate setting

•Ability to effortlessly switch between the big-picture and detailed view of a problem

•Excellent verbal and written communication skills

•Occasional domestic or international travel to conferences, trade shows or industry events – approximately 10%

•Ability to adhere to EAR (Export Administration Regulations)

Preffered Qualifications

•Experience in developing algorithms for face, finger, iris, SMT recognition, biometric fusion, or presentation attack detection

•Algorithm development experience in computational photography and 3A algorithms

•Hands-on experience in designing, training, and deploying deep neural networks preferably convolutional, using Tensorflow, PyTorch, Caffe, or Keras

•Experience in GPU programming using CUDA or OpenCL

•Familiarity with concepts of cyber security

The anticipated TTC range for this role is $124,317.00 - $230,874.00  per year. The Company reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s status protected by local, state, or federal law. 

The Company provides an extensive benefits program for all full-time employees working 30 or more hours per week and their eligible dependents, including the following: 

•Elective Health, Dental, Vision, FSA/HSA and Well-Being plans 

•401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with a company contribution and a match, and without vesting period 

•Company paid holidays, vacation days, and paid sick leave 

•Company provided Life Insurance, AD&D, Disability, and Employee Assistance Plan 


This position will require successfully completing a post-offer background check. Qualified candidates with (a) criminal history will be considered and are not automatically disqualified, consistent with federal law, state law, and local ordinances.

Successful applicant must comply with federal contractor vaccine mandate requirements.

Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law

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