Branch Head - Systems Engineer - ELSYS

Submit Resume ID: 497511
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: System Architecture, Embedded Systems, Hardware Development/Design, Electronic Warfare, Modeling/Simulation, Project/Program Management, Radar, Sensors Integration, Signal Processing, Software Development/Design, System Engineering, Testing, Aerospace, Aircraft, Avionics, Sensors/Optics

Project/Unit Description

The Open Systems Development Branch (OSDB) branch in the Applied Embedded Systems (AES) conducts research on hardware-focused open architecture systems including the SOSA, HOST, and FOCIS standards. Branch members help the DoD mature standards and accelerate adoption through rapid design and demonstration of MOSA hardware prototypes. The branch also provides thought leadership in the development and assessment of open systems across GTRI and DoD. The branch head is responsible for the branch’s team members, project execution, branch technical knowledge and capabilities, and adherence to GTRI policies. The branch head is also responsible to have individual contributions to the research area of open architectures and prototype implementation. The ideal candidate is technically sound in this area which demonstrated contributions and knowledge of open architectures.

Job Purpose

This position will perform two primary roles: 1) as a Systems Engineer leading multiple sponsored research projects and 2) as the head of the Open Systems Development Branch (7-15 full-time-equivalent employees) performing administrative activities including hiring, performance appraisals and overall sponsored project success.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage all technical aspects of the product or system design including directing multiple lab resources for a large-scale product or system deployments.
  • Manage sub-contractor resources supporting all system engineering areas (definition, requirements analysis, synthesis, systems analysis and implementation).
  • Conduct product or system design synthesis translating requirements into physical architectures for systems of high complexity. Define/refine internal and external interfaces.
  • Develop technical reports and diagrams detailing product or system attributes.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage branch budgets, resources and compliance with institute policies and procedures
  • Oversee and manage sponsored research in the branch to ensure the execution of successful research programs based on sponsor requirements
  • Support branch operations and coordination across branches within the division and other laboratories of GTRI
  • Establish, maintain and evolve the strategic vision and execution plan for the branch to enhance sponsored project portfolios and technical capabilities
  • Train and mentor branch members including research faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students, to develop expertise in conducting research on hardware-related open architecture standards and applications. These duties include facilitating the publication of novel research activities, professional development and training opportunities
  • Direct business development activities to include: sponsor engagement, showcasing branch capabilities to internal and external organizations, support sponsor tours, visits and technical meetings
  • Oversee, author, and contribute to proposals and white papers for sustained branch growth
  • Conduct administrative actions including the recruitment, hiring and termination of branch personnel, execution of performance appraisals, development and execution of performance improvement plans and review and approval of employee timesheets

Represent the division and laboratory as a subject matter expert at consortiums, symposiums, and expositions

  • Ensure that all technical work is performed and documented to organizational and DoD standards-based on project requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience in technical project and/or program management and execution
  • Experience leading small to mid-sized teams of research engineers and technical staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Secret Clearance
  • Experience collaborating, organizing, teaming and communicating with a diverse team of government sponsors, researchers, and other stakeholders to facilitate project performance
  • Experience in program development, proposal development, and leadership of sponsored research projects
  • Experience developing and delivering technical briefings
  • Experience in a functional management role

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 9 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or a related technical field
  • 7 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s and Master's degree with one or both in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or a related technical field
  • 4 years of related experience with a Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. with one or all in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related technical field

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link:

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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