Software Design Engineer, Associate (JBUS) - 28681 in Norfolk, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 6/28/2019

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Job Description



Are you a mission driven individual who is looking for a meaningful career?  This isn't your average mission.  Join Alion and make a difference by helping to create and maintain modeling and simulation training services and applications for our US Navy Fleet!

Position Summary

The Joint Simulation Bus (JBUS) Interface Developer is responsible for the life-cycle software engineering of JBUS system interfaces to meet Navy Service Program Manager objectives. JBUS is a High Level Architecture (HLA) compliant simulation and Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Intelligence (C4I) interface system and is a component of the core simulation used in the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE).  The NCTE is a federation comprised of many distributed simulation systems and interfaces used to support Navy and Joint Training, as well as Navy concept development and experimentation. The JBUS Interface Developer is a contributor to the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE) software engineering activities in support of Fleet Synthetic Training (FST). NCTE Software Engineering provides modeling and simulation application development, live, virtual and constructive systems integration support and in-service engineering support to US Fleet Forces (USFF) and the Number Fleets. The NCTE Software Engineering team is directly responsible, in this context, for developing and maintaining technical solutions and standards to provide the greatest level of training capability to the warfighter, at the lowest possible cost, at the fastest pace achievable.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under direct supervision, this developer will receive prioritized requirements from the Navy Continuous Training Environment (NCTE) Command Software Development Lead, work with end users to achieve robust, maintainable and effective simulation and C4I interfaces, and support the continuous improvement of the software infrastructure.  The developer will be required to work with a team of developers and subject matter experts to develop, enhance, integrate, and support JBUS. 

Primary development is done on Red Hat Linux 6/7 platforms using Eclipse and/or IntelliJ IDEs.  The JBUS suite is composed of a back end application written in Java, an embedded or independent web server written in Java, and a front end written with Sencha ExtJS (JavaScript). Gradle is primarily used to build the components of the JBUS suite, however Ant is also required to maintain backwards compatibility at customer sites.  Git serves as the revision control system.  Bash shell scripting is used to help automate tasks and query information.

Assists in the writing and/or presentation of briefings (reports on analyses, findings, and project progress), project or task plans, system specification manuals, technical reports and user manuals.

Participates in the preparation of technical proposals. 

Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline plus 0 to 2 years of directly related experience developing and maintaining software. Highly prefer 4 or more years of experience.  Subsequent employment, achieving employer funded Security+ and an OS certification will be required if the successful candidate does not have them already.

In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 4 years applicable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities


  • Experience and understanding of object oriented (OO) design and development.
  • Willingness to use an IDE for development.
  • Ability to obtain related technical certifications
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to work in a team environment.
  • On-site support required.  Interface with customers on a daily basis.


  • Experience with Java development
  • Familiarity and willingness to work in an Agile Development environment
  • Experience with development in a Linux/Unix environment
  • JavaScript development experience.
  • C/C++ development experience.
  • Experience with Apache ActiveMQ.
  • Knowledge of Gradle build system.
  • Knowledge of Ant build system.
  • Experience with continuous integration and analysis tools such as JUnit, Jenkins, and SonarQube.
  • Experience with Eclipse, Intelllij, or other Java-related IDE.
  • Experience using Software Configuration Management Tools such as SVN or GIT.
  • Experience in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) design.
  • Knowledge of HLA and DIS protocols.
  • Experience with C4I Systems.
  • System interface development experience.
  • Shell Scripting or other knowledge of other Scripting language.
  • Military domain experience.

Must possess an Active Secret security clearance to begin employment.



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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