Senior Principal Systems Engineer - 27260 in Suffolk, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 11/5/2018

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Job Description


Position Summary

Join a team of dedicated and talented engineers working to build the future architecture to support the ever-evolving needs of Joint Training. The Alion Simulation Engineer leads the design of a brand-new simulation system, from the ground up, in a modern web architecture that combines the best of breed capabilities of previously developed technologies while leveraging current industry trends and new technologies to produce a sim that will meet training needs today and well into the future.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Will be responsible for simulation requirements capture, simulation design and CONOPS, simulation implementation, and testing procedures.
  • Candidate will work with the requirements, data, software development, infrastructure, and test and evaluate teams to coordination and support the development of an interactive but highly automated simulation of military combat and crisis response for strategic and operational training using cloud technology.
  • Ability to evolve a system architecture, coordinate the work of a matrixed development organization working in an agile environment, and to perform individual development, research, and experimentation.
  • Take the lead on ensuring that the simulation design makes effective use of available technologies, simulation requirements are being accurately captured and addressed, that development leads to an efficient, modular, open architecture, that alternative design approaches are properly evaluated by conducting experiments where needed, and that a usable product increments are being delivered.
  • Apply concepts of discrete event and continuous simulation, distributed computation, and behavior generation to achieve state of the art simulation capabilities.

Experience and Technical Skills

  • The position requires a person that can function well in a loosely structured team environment.
  • Must have strong background in simulation and software development with additional experience in some of the following areas:
    • Web based systems, Cloud Computing, discrete event simulation, computer programming, and networking,
    • Bayesian networks, natural language processing/generation, machine learning, rule based systems,
    • Planning systems, game development, military operations and exercises, training and training systems.
    • Programming experience in at least one high level language
    • Familiarity with Linux
    • Familiarity with databases
    • Familiarity with statistics
  • Candidate must possess good communication skills as this task requires interaction with military, government, and contractor personnel.
  • Candidate should be capable of creating technical documentation and summary presentations that summarize the technical requirements and questions to be considered at each meeting.


Master’s degree plus 12 or more years of relevant work experience. Doctorate degree preferred.  Degree(s) must be in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline.

Project/program engineering experience.

In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 20 years of applicable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data.

A minimum of SECRET security clearance is required. TS highly desired plus.

Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.

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