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Software Design Engineer, Principal - 27583 in Annapolis Junction, MD at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 2/16/2019

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Job Description


Software Design Engineer, Principal

Position Summary

This is a senior technical leadership position within a team of 6-12 in development and implementation, integration, fielding, test and documentation of software modifications to a large-scale, widely-fielded codebase using C++, Java, and Javascript/HTML5.

Candidate will take direction from Program manager, Chief Naval Architect and other program stakeholders and perform lead and development roles within the team.  Candidate will be leading multi-developer software development projects leveraging developers across multiple work sites and also handle the interdependencies of working on a development effort in and out of secure environments.


  • Defines specifications for highly complex software programming applications and/or oversees the maintenance of existing programs to ensure continued performance and compliance with current guidelines and standards.
  • Performs all necessary aspects of the programming phase of software development including coding, testing, debugging and documenting using current guidelines and standards.
  • Develops architecture requirements and performance standards to meet customer specifications.
  • Leads the analysis and development of test plans. Tests assigned components and units, provides test results and recommends corrections.
  • Identifies and directs resolution of highly complex hardware/software interface issues or other technical problems.
  • Researches and develops prospective applications and products and maintains current knowledge of relevant technologies.
  • Authors or 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.
  • Develop software solutions by analyzing system performance standards, conferring with users or system engineers; analyzing systems, data usage and work processes; and investigating problem areas.
  • Leads the preparation of technical proposals.
  • Provides work leadership to less experienced employees.


  • Masters or higher in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related discipline.
  • Work Experience: Fourteen (14) years' software engineering experience in programs and contracts of similar scope, type, and complexity is required.  In some cases, masters requirement may be waived for candidates with bachelors and 4+ years of additional software engineering experience.
  • Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology.
  • Significant experience with software development of algorithms, computer networking and interfaces in a Linux environment.
  • Technical Experience: C++, JavaScript and Java experience preferred, Experience in any two of C++, Javascript, or Java required.
  • Experience in one or more of the following preferred:
    • Experience integrating and fielding complex software on multi-sensor collection platforms
    • Design and application of front-end GUIs
    • Signal and Digital Imagery Processing
    • Machine Learning
    • Implementing and executing complex systems in Docker
    • Math, physics, and geodesy
  • Personal Experience: Team player with excellent written and oral skills. Able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and to efficiently balance multiple simultaneous projects with disparate timelines.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • US Citizen and Active Secret clearance  required but TS SCI desired





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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