Network Virtualization -ICL

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

The Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL) Communications Systems and Spectrum Division (CSSD) is looking for an entry-level Network Virtualization Developer who can create innovative solutions including software defined networks and network function virtualization and is looking for a dynamic and challenging work environment. The Division's projects focus on advanced networking technologies, cloud-based networking operation including virtual machines and containers, 5G/NextG networking technologies and network adaptation through machine learning. The division supports work across many branches of the Department of Defense (DoD), including the Army, Navy, and Office of the Secretary of Defense. Key products include deployed prototype systems including hardened cellular networks, communication and spectrum sensing machine learning algorithms, physics-based modeling and simulation tools, and system analyses. The ideal candidate will be an experienced researcher with a desire to perform innovative virtualized network architecture, development, and characterization and apply engineering, large-scale networking and virtualized network architecture development to complex, multi-constrained networking problems of interest to the DoD with access to multiple and varied 5G testbeds including access to off-site live 5G networks.

Job Duties

Researcher will be expected to lead complex, software-oriented networking research and participate in the execution of multiple projects, including attending technical meetings, completing assigned technical tasks, collaborating with colleagues, and presenting their research to the technical team and technical sponsors. Tasking will be assigned to leverage the existing skills of the candidate, including large-scale network architecture, application of advanced networking concepts including network slicing, network splitting, multi-layered networking, network function virtualization, control/user plane separation, edge computing, software-defined networking and network performance prediction and characterization. The ideal candidate will be expected to develop relationships with current and potential customers, contribute to whitepapers and proposals, and set technical direction. As their career develops, candidates would be expected to lead proposals for new business, mentor junior staff, and lead projects

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Computational Sciences and Engineering or other majors with sufficient work in the field of signal processing and machine learning algorithms .

Research Engineer/Scientist II

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

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited Master's or Doctoral degree program relevant to this position will be considered. Candidate must have a graduation date of no later than May 2021
  • Demonstrated experience in communications, networking and edge/cloud computing
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a research environment where there are many unknowns and undiscovered paths

Preferred Qualifications

  • Existing U.S. security clearance
  • Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or a related field of study 
  • Background in wireless networking
  • Experience with 4G/5G cellular network operation
  • Experience in distributed computing networks including cloud computing
  • Expertise in virtual machines and container networking

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

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 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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