With a new call for applications for laboratory research contracts and industrial doctoral scholarships just launched, Leonardo will now be able to count on a fresh pool of expertise for studying new technological breakthroughs and frontiers. The 2022 recruitment drive for new Leonardo Labs researchers (a network of research and development incubators), has created an additional 53 positions, providing opportunities for a good 130 researchers compared to the 77 openings created in 2021, a significant increase that confirms the figures are in line with Leonardo’s 2021 to 2023, three-year forecast.
“We are setting the company's future on an increasingly digital basis: from Big Data, to High-Power Computing, to Artificial Intelligence, as well as looking ahead to Quantum Computing and Quantum Communication" has recentely declared Franco Ongaro, Leonardo's Chief Technology & innovation Officer, to 'Il Sole 24 Ore'. "We are seeking to create a link between the group's business areas and this technology push – added Ongaro – and we must have a capability that doesn't just stop at internal growth. You can't be credible if your laboratories don't produce new knowledge that can be compared with the rest of the world. So, you have to publish and be in a position to show that the resources you have are carrying out research. That is why we have made this call for 53 new researchers, who are our lifeblood. They join the 77 that we already have in place, and we want to increase their number to 200 by the end of next year. We intend to reach a critical mass of research capability that will give us credibility in areas where we will face not the usual competition but instead much more famous research institutes. We already know that we will need to have Artificial Intelligence in all our platforms, and we have to figure out how to make it meaningful and, above all, certifiable".