Software Engineer - Open Rank-ACL

Submit Resume ID: 499387
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing, Electronic Warfare, Information Technology, Machine Learning, Networking, Software Development/Design, Other, Aerospace, Data Analytics/Science

Project/Unit Description

GTRI’s Signals and Systems Division (SASD) in the Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL) seeks qualified candidates for the position of a Software Engineer within the Operational Capabilities Branch (OCB). This Research Faculty position involves applying software engineering and computer science techniques to solve challenging real-world problems related to national defense.

SASD consists of a staff of research professionals engaged in a portfolio of research related to next-generation aerospace technology analysis and innovation, including RF/EO/IR sensor physics, signal processing algorithms and techniques, EM maneuver warfare, effects-based modeling and simulation, verification and validation, advanced threat analysis, and operations research/developmental planning. ACL develops tailored solutions for a broad range of national security challenges through disciplined application of physics- and effects-based modeling to realizable systems, augmented with prototype development and testing. ACL’s research thrusts extend across domains, and include bio-, chemical-, RF-, and optical-sensor physics; materials science and engineering; electromagnetic theory, computation, structures, and measurements; electronic warfare techniques and applications; operational scenario modeling and simulation; traditional and asymmetric threat analysis; and ground maneuver warfare.

The Software Engineer will be a part of a cross-disciplinary team inclusively composed of software engineers and architects, modeling and simulation engineers, and model-based systems engineers. They will contribute software development to complex analysis frameworks. They will leverage their knowledge of coding, high-performance computing, DevSecOps, CI/CD pipelines, agile development, and configuration management to execute their software development tasks. The successful candidate will balance project commitments to meet team goals, working with sponsors, engineers, and GTRI management. They will also be mentored to develop skills in managing subtasks, presenting their work to external stakeholders, and engaging sponsors to identify potential opportunities and contribute to proposals.

Job Purpose

The Software Engineer designs, develops, and tests software applications and products. Additionally, the Software Engineer manages software development teams, provides technical leadership, and establishes software development lifecycle practices and processes. The Software Engineer is proficient in programming languages such as Java, JavaScript, C, C++, C#, Ruby, Python, Scala, and Groovy. In this role, the Software Engineer requires extensive knowledge of programming languages, software development, computer operating systems, Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), DevOps, Application Programming Interface (API) development, container development, and distributed systems. The Software Engineer also applies engineering principles to software creation, manages production releases of software, performs code reviews, merges feature development branches, and analyzes and triages issues. The necessary skill areas for the Software Engineer include programming and coding, fundamentals of computer science, software design and architecture development, algorithms and data structures, information analysis, software debugging and testing, and working on development teams. The Software Engineer also works with sponsors to curate requirements, define sprint work items, set priorities for work backlogs, and organize development teams.

Key Responsibilities

  • Perform software development, debugging, modification, enhancement, and documentation
  • Design, test, and develop computer software in order to meet program requirements
  • Apply expertise in computing systems to define requirements and develop software designs recognizing limitations of target hardware platforms
  • Develop and maintain kernel and user-level software and scripts
  • Contribute to research reports, presentations, white papers, and competitive proposals
  • Create and analyze network protocols

Additional Responsibilities

  • Integrate with study planning, mission modeling, and data analysis functional teams
  • Identify areas of dependency and overlap with other teams or team members and drive coordination to resolve conflicts between teams
  • Support deployment of DevOps pipelines for automated build, check, and test of software and or firmware items
  • Document software requirements and design implementations.
  • Develop skills and training as part of the greater GTRI workforce using professional development funding
  • Contribute to the innovative, cutting-edge software research using Independent Research and Development (IRAD)

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited degree program relevant to this position will be considered. The candidate must have a graduation date of no later than August 2024
  • BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline
  • Experience with both Windows and Linux operating systems
  • 3-6 years of experience with any or all of the following languages:
  • C#, C++
  • Python
  • Java
  • Experience utilizing DevOps tools such as the Atlassian tool suite or GitLab
  • Interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to convey highly technical material in a clear, concise manner to a nontechnical audience
  • Able to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance
  • MS or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline
  • Experience with mission-level modeling environments such as AFSIM
  • Experience with requirements management tools
  • Experience working with radar or other electronic warfare systems
  • Experience leading teams of software developers

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

  • 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline
  • 3 years of related experience with a Masters’ degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline
  • 0 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related discipline

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:

Equal Employment Opportunity

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