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Trillium Technologies is looking for an accomplished individual keen to do good and do well to lead our US operations. The US Program Director has a key role in shaping and delivering the programs we create with NASA, Google Cloud, the Mayo Clinic and others to tackle the most interesting and important challenges of our time using AI. These range from detecting and managing wildfires, to creating detailed maps of resources on the Moon, mitigating the effects of global heating, to deploying ML payloads in orbit and applying AI to astronaut health.
Trillium is looking for an outstanding team member to lead and manage operations in the US. Your role will be to develop, manage and embed multi-stakeholder programs, work with experts in artificial intelligence and the space sciences and produce world-class results for the benefit of humankind. We are looking for someone who can think big with us but also deliver.
This person should embody the following traits: adaptability, servant leadership, life-long learner, self-starter, diplomat, multi-tasker and have a can-do attitude.
Program development and direction
The Program Director is key to operationalizing the US based work and must be comfortable moving from brainstorming and strategy to execution and everything in between. This individual will deliver the FDL program from challenge development and selection, researcher recruitment, interviews and selection, facilitate the 8 week sprint and support partners and researchers through workshops and conferences after the sprint.
Content creation and communication
This individual will need to be a born communicator, comfortable conveying complex ideas or topics to academic researchers as well as C-level executives at Fortune 500 companies. In this role, there will be times when you will need to put on your technical writing hat, generating content for grants, publication submissions, competitions, conference proceedings and many other areas. You may be asked to write up results and to support partners in production of their own communication materials including brainstorming new ideas, executing deliverables for our partners (everything from writing a tweet for the CEO of Intel, reviewing/writing press releases, or developing talking points for speakers, etc).
Managing partners and stakeholders
The right person for this role will be proactive and comfortable working with multiple stakeholders – including NASA, Google Cloud, Intel, Nvidia, IBM, Lockheed Martin and other leaders in AI as well as our deployment partners that use the results of our projects. This role includes working closely with our delivery partner, the SETI Institute, based in Mountain View, California and NASA Ames. You would also need to be comfortable liaising with and managing our commercial and government partners and stakeholders – helping secure and negotiate agreements, funding and contracts.
Leading logistics and operations
The role includes leading on all the logistics and operations that come with running programs and driving world class research results. This means balancing conceptually sophisticated research questions and needs, with a deep sensitivity and appreciation of how to get the best from people under pressure and a critical eye for logistical detail and needs. There will also be a logistical component to this role supporting everything from gitlab/github account management to onsite logistics.
Being a team player
You will be working remotely with FDL’s Founder James Parr and supported by our team in London. We have a fairly flat structure and in a small organization, everyone has learned to be self sufficient while leaning upon the strengths and abilities of particular team members. We are looking for someone who loves making things happen and making sure everything that should be happening is happening!
Your Profile & Skills
- You will be an experienced project manager, ideally with design or systems thinking and facilitation experience or experience working with agile techniques and an understanding of how to get the best out of teams.
- You are a confident individual with client/stakeholder management, liaison and/or consultancy experience.
- You are an inductive thinker and enjoy identifying and developing opportunities and bringing them to fruition.
- You have some event or teaching programming, production and facilitation experience.
An excellent team player with exceptional communication skills.
- You have excellent writing skills that you can tailor to various styles and functions.
- Highly adaptable and flexible in a fast paced and changing environment, requiring multitasking, and quick problem solving on the fly.
- You are self directed and enjoy taking responsibility for and leading your own program of work.
- You have an advanced degree related to artificial intelligence or space sciences, robotics, business, social or behavioural sciences, medicine or other related fields and may already have a higher degree.
- You have experience of working virtually and/or experience of working with virtual teams across multiple time zones.
- It is essential you are fluent in English, and any additional languages are welcome.
- Knowledge of the space industry / or familiarity with the working practices of tech companies, government agencies and academia is beneficial, but not essential.
- The right to live and work in the USA.
Length of Contract: This will be a full time contract. There will be a three-month probationary period, with monthly reviews.
Compensation: To be discussed – junior program director ($60,000- $80,000), senior program director ($80,000-$120,000)(dependent on experience). The breadth of salary bands reflects our interest in finding the right candidate for the role to accommodate varying levels of length and depth of experience and skills we are looking for.
Location: Virtual but based in the US and available during US business hours. When it is safe to do so the role is likely to include extended regular travel to Silicon Valley throughout the year.
(The program location during two months of the summer will be in Silicon Valley at NASA Ames and the SETI Institute and possibly other locations nearby.)
About the company
Trillium Technologies is a small social enterprise with programs in the US, Europe and Australia. We deliver research programs of tailored interdisciplinary teams, tackling some of the most interesting and important challenges of our time using Artificial Intelligence (AI). These range from detecting and managing bushfires, to creating detailed maps of resources on the Moon, from mitigating the effects of global heating to deploying ML Payloads into orbit and astronaut health.
Our research programs apply agile methods to make rapid progress towards solutions, and are guided by academic rigor and open science principles. We build supportive communities involving top-level academic institutions, national science and space agencies, leading technology firms, and global aerospace companies. This broad and deep partner network enables state-of-the-art results by supplying world-leading expertise in AI and domain science, combined with significant resources to find solutions at scale.
We have been delivering our flagship program, the Frontier Development Lab (FDL) – an AI and space science and exploration research partnership with NASA (FDL.ai) and the SETI Institute – for six years. FDL has enabled us to diversify into climate change and disaster response, while supporting NASA’s Science Mission Directorate to develop new AI applications in space weather, lunar exploration, exploration medicine, planetary defense and astrobiology. Over the past few years, our SpaceML.org initiative has built capacity in the deployment and data sharing of FDL algorithms for NASA such as Worldview Search (Worldview) and the comet hunting pipeline (CAMS). Meanwhile FDL Europe with ESA, has been deploying ML payloads to space in partnership with Oxford University and D-Orbit.
If you share our excitement at meeting the best of the best from around the world and seeing first hand how innovation happens from the back of a napkin to deployment in space, this is the opportunity for you. At the same time, join a lovely small team of people who want everyone – from the most senior to the most junior – to have a great ride along the way.
We need someone to lead our work in the development and delivery of our established US based programs including FDL and spin-out AI deployment and jump-start new programs in Blue Carbon (oceanic carbon sequestration) wildfires and ML enabled space medicine.