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Applied Physics Laboratory Flight Software Developer in Laurel, Maryland

Position Description Are you a software engineer passionate about computer science, computer engineering, and the robotic exploration of our solar system? Does solving embedded software challenges sound motivating? If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL! We are seeking a dedicated embedded software developer eager to solve hard problems in space using best-practice software development practices. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) Space Exploration Sector develops spacecraft for both National Security applications and NASA funded exploration missions. Our group is a collaborative team of software developers, applied mathematicians/physicists and embedded system engineers that develop flight software and simulations for JHUAPL-developed spacecraft. Our embedded software developers work closely with hardware engineers to provide a rock-solid, continuously tested software stack capable of commanding and relaying data from billions of kilometers away. We value pushing the boundaries of the possible, staying up to date with software practices, and constantly infusing our knowledge into our spacecraft and the systems that support them. ## As a flight software developer, your responsibilities include: * Using solid embedded practices to build the software that runs a spacecraft. * Building and maintaining a robust testing pipeline at the unit, application and system testing levels. * Communicating with other spacecraft teams including avionics, telecommunications, navigation, systems, and integration and test to understand flight software interfaces and requirements. * Design, implement and test software to solve problems in a variety of embedded environments, with an emphasis on modular, reusable software. * Working with technical specialists at JHUAPL to research, advance, and advocate for emerging software practices, architectures and languages. ## Qualifications You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have * A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, or equivalent experience. * At least 5 years of experience in software development (years pursuing graduate degrees may also be combined towards this qualification). * Proficiency in C. * Experience with scripting languages (Python, Ruby or PERL). * Experience with decentralized CM systems, such as Git. * Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and independent follow-through. * Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship. You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have * A MS or PhD in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent. * At least 7 years of professional work experience. * Familiarity with flight software libraries, applications, and frameworks including NASA's cFE (Core Flight Executive) * Experience with real time operating systems including RTEMS, RT Linux and VxWorks * Experience with DevOps pipelines like Jenkins, GitLab and Bamboo * Experience with additional languages such as Rust, Scala, Lua, and Haskell * Experience using or configuring containerization frameworks such Docker and Kubernetes * Experience leading software development teams. * Are able to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance. Why work at APL? The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities athttp://www.jhuapl.edu/careers. Primary Location: United States-Maryland-Laurel *Req ID: 26661
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