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The Aerospace, Transportation, & Systems (ATAS) Lab of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is seeking software engineers interested in intellectually challenging and rewarding work. Located in Atlanta, GA, ATAS conducts world-class applied research in avionics modeling, simulation, analysis, testing, evaluation, and software development to support the government sponsors.

The Software Engineer is a research faculty position in the Collaborative Autonomy branch. This position will support the development of safety-critical software architectures that meet software and security requirements in various DoD efforts.

Software Developers are primarily responsible for developing software components across multiple sponsored projects. They will be responsible for adhering to, updating and/or maintaining the architecture required to design, built, and test new autonomous behaviors requiring hardware-in-the-loop and in-flight testing and will also be expected to participate in flight testing operations. Candidates should be familiar with common software development practices including working with teams of other software developers and building stable versions of software for release.

Job Duties

  • Support software development projects for the Department of Defense aircraft system improvement programs.
  • Implement software specifications based on interface descriptions for integration into an aircraft system of systems.
  • Grow expertise in software architectural frameworks, methods, and tools.
  • Ensure that technical work is performed to appropriate professional standards and that technical requirements are met.
  • Illustrate, document, and debug software issues.
  • Create software change requests across multiple programs.
  • Implement a communication interface to a hardware device.
  • Add and leverage a third-party library within our software stack.
  • Implement an external API exposing our custom internal software.
  • Add a newly developed library and source code into the broader software stack.
  • Execute software development tasks including design, integration, and formal testing.
  • Support the development and implementation of software test architecture, management, and infrastructure for software releases.
  • Implement tasking for the development of general software-centric components.

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a field of study related to Avionics or the Aviation field.

Research Engineer/Scientist II

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

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited Bachelor's degree program relevant to this position will be considered. Candidate must have a graduation date of no later than December 2021
  • C++
  • Make/CMake/Studio (or similar build system)
  • GIT and GitLab (or similar version control system)
  • Experience implementing an idea as an interface/library/package/etc (vs. one-off problems)
  • Understand Linux Software Package Install Process
  • Understand basic shell environments and typical commands (i.e., comfortable with command line)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in leading or working on a team of software engineers
  • Python
  • C#
  • Have built open-source libraries
  • Have manipulated system package repositories
  • Have used issue trackers
  • Experience debugging software (printouts, GDB, Visual Studio, etc.)
  • Experience with robotics and/or ROS
  • Experience with machine/computer vision and/or OpenCV
  • Experience with computer networking and system network configuration
  • Experience with implementing for hardware (sensors, actuators, deploying for embedded systems, etc.)

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.

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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