Embedded Software/Firmware Engineer - ASL - Open Rank (Hybrid)

Submit Resume ID: 499167
Type: Researchers
Location: Smyrna, GA
Categories: Antenna, Embedded Systems, Hardware Development/Design, RF, Signal Processing, Software Development/Design, Aerospace, Avionics, ISR & Tactical Systems

Project/Unit Description

The Applied Systems Laboratory (ASL) is currently seeking an Embedded Software/Firmware Engineer for a full-time research faculty position. As a team member, you will develop a next generation communications architecture that addresses legacy replacement and next generation radio integration, leveraging software defined radios and modular open system approaches. This project supports a cross-functional integrated product team (IPT) which performs prototyping, system demonstrations, and proof of concepts for systems to help the Joint Forces.

The position requires being within the local commuting distance of either Huntsville, AL or Smyrna, GA.

Job Purpose

The Embedded Software/Firmware Engineer is responsible for developing algorithms and code for real-time signal processing to include communication and data transfer between system level hardware and embedded hardware. The Embedded Software/Firmware Engineer develops designs based on embedded firmware systems, such as Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), Digital Signal Processors (DSPs), microcontrollers/computers, Application-Specific Integrated Circuits/systems (ASICs), and or Graphics Processor Units (GPUs). These designs also require development of documentation to support future reviews of design and enhancements. This position requires extensive knowledge of development environments for Xilinx and Altera (Intel) technologies, software development and configuration skills, and computer operating systems. The Embedded Software/Firmware Engineer applies engineering principles to firmware software creation and implementation of real-time hardware interface firmware and analysis, debugging, and testing of these systems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design, test, and develop software systems to meet requirements.
  • Configure and manage real-time operating systems.
  • Contribute to new architecture ideas and designs.
  • Supervise lower-level researchers and students.
  • Follow embedded software development processes and verify managed developers are following embedded development processes.
  • Evaluate process improvements.
  • Develop and maintain software and scripts to support embedded software development and processes.
  • Evaluate and merge software written by supervised developers.
  • Contribute to research reports, white papers, and competitive proposals.
  • Provide level of effort estimates for sponsored research programs and/or Internal Research and Development (IRAD) programs.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Help lead the Joint Forces with defining and implementing an open architecture and standard solutions for the joint service tactical waveform community.
  • Design architecture and implement solutions on software defined radios and digital radioheads.
  • Reverse engineer existing RF signal processing solutions and tactical waveform applications to integrate with MORA SDR solutions.
  • Integrate tactical waveform solutions in GNU Radio, REDHAWK, PHOTON, MORA, or X-MIDAS frameworks.
  • Development of digital signal processing algorithms across heterogeneous hardware platforms (CPUs, GPUs, DSPs, FPGAs, etc.) for SDR systems.
  • Test and evaluation engineering of RF systems.
  • Software development RF signal collection and analysis.
  • Evaluate emerging technologies and standards for use in SDR systems.
  • May lead teams that will conduct tests and assessments of capabilities in both laboratory and operationally relevant environments.
  • May lead teams that will develop, Integrate, and Test prototypes with existing and novel waveforms.
  • May lead MBSE efforts representing communications architecture supporting next generation and modern communications radios.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 9+ years prior experience after completion of a bachelor's degree in a relevant technical field.
  • Experience in embedded engineering for hardware, software, and firmware development and structured approaches to system development.
  • Strong coordination, organization, teaming, and communication abilities.
  • Works well individually and in a group setting.
  • Proficiency in technical writing and oral communications skills and proven ability to work with and communicate with project team members, customers, and Military representatives.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active Secret Clearance.
  • Completion of a master's degree in a relevant technical field.
  • Software Defined Radio and Digital Radiohead experience.
  • Experience with RF system concepts and components including antenna technology.
  • Experience with Software Defined Radios (SDR).
  • Experience with waveform fundamentals and/or definitions.
  • Experience with various wideband data link waveforms like Bandwidth Efficient CDL and standard CDL.
  • Knowledge of networking protocols and their application.
  • Ability to develop software and/or simulations of interfaces using either MATLAB/EMANE/ Octave/Python/C++ or other method(s).
  • FPGA development experience (VHDL).
  • GPGPU development experience (e.g. CUDA/OpenCL).
  • Familiarity with VITA 49.2 or Modular Open Radio Frequency Architecture (MORA).
  • Familiarity with OMS/UCI or VICTORY MOSA Standards.
  • Familiarity with architecture development in utilizing UML/SysML.
  • Familiarity with MBSE (e.g. Cameo Enterprise Architecture, UAF, UPDM).
  • Experience leading technical research and/or participating in acquisition programs in support of the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.

Travel Requirements

  • <10% 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 Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or any related technical field.
  • 7 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or any related technical field.
  • 4 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or any 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:

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