Advanced Aviation Systems Engineer - Huntsville, AL - ASL

Huntsville, AL 35801

Job Description

The Advanced Aviation Systems Engineer is a research faculty position in the Aviation Systems Division (ASD) of Applied Systems Laboratory (ASL) supporting the Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation sponsored research in Huntsville, AL. This position will support the development of safety-critical avionics and aircraft architectures that meet DO-178C airworthiness and security requirements in various Army efforts, including Air-Ground Networking Radio, Blue Force Tracking, Degraded Visual Environment, and the Improved Data Modem.

Job Duties

  • Support system integration and software development projects for the Department of Defense aircraft system improvement programs.
  • Coordinate system development tasks to include design, integration, and formal testing.
  • Use system specifications and interface descriptions for integration into an aircraft system of systems.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for system architectural framework, methods, and tools.
  • Ensure that technical work is performed to appropriate professional standards and that technical requirements are met.
  • Manage and document system configurations and key interfaces.
  • Manage reports of system deficiencies, develop verification plans, and define test vectors for verification and validation.
  • Utilize model-based systems engineering and modular open systems approach to develop and refine system architectures, requirements, and designs.
  • Interface with Army sponsor organizations and their leaders to develop research portfolios to meeting sponsors' evolving needs
  • Apply modular open systems approaches (MOSA) to Army aviation research efforts

Travel Requirements

25% - 50% travel

Remote and telework are allowable for this position; however, 25% travel is necessary (up to 50% in some cases), with frequent in-person meetings and events in Huntsville anticipated and required.

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist II

  • A Masters degree in Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, Software, or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Avionics, or related field and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, Software, or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Avionics, or related field and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, Software, or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Avionics, or related field.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years prior experience
  • Experience in hardware, software, and firmware development methodologies and structured approaches to system development.
  • Strong coordination, organization, teaming, and communication abilities
  • Experience with aircraft, missile systems, and/or spacecraft
  • Experience with avionics systems and safety-critical computer hardware and software
  • Works well individually or in a group setting
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraints
  • Successfully presents technical information


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with military avionics and sensor networks including 1553 data bus, ARINC-429, Ethernet, and serial interfaces
  • Experience with aviation airworthiness standards, including MIL-STD-882, AR385-10, and DO-178
  • Knowledge of or experience with open system architecture such as FACE, HOST, MOSA, SOSA, and/or CMOSS
  • Experience with system engineering tools (such as SysML, Magic Draw, EA, etc.) and configuration/requirements management systems (such as DOORS, JIRA, MKS, or ClearCase)
  • Familiarity using scripting languages for data analysis (Perl, Ruby, C++, Matlab, or Python)
  • Effectively work in small teams of GTRI and government members.
  • Develop presentation materials and experience leading integrated product teams and/or technical program management review meetings with sponsor organizations
  • An active security clearance is preferred.
  • Experience with defense acquisition programs, including DoD Instruction 5000.2 acquisition programs

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Ability to obtain Secret Clearance upon hire

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 Institutes mission of solving the worlds 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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