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Job #: R-00118040
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Electrical Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Remote Type: No Remote
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2000
Group: Civil

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Leidos is seeking a CAV Tech Transfer Data Lead to join our team! The R&D Engineer will be a key part of the Leidos team supporting Connected Automated Vehicle (CAV) research across the US through our work at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (STOL), located at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA. Our team advances CAV technology for the USDOT by developing, testing, and supporting the adoption of technologies associated with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications as well as Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA).

This is an opportunity for someone who is seeking a hands-on role in a fast-paced environment working directly with state and local DOTs as well as technology vendors in the CAV industry. A strong candidate will have the following: a background in electrical, civil, automotive, or other relevant technical discipline; the ability to troubleshoot computers, computer networks, electronic/electromechanical systems, and transportation simulation tools; the ability to learn and clearly communicate complex technical matters to a variety of audiences. The ideal candidate will arrive with a working knowledge of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and networking, including related hardware/software configurations and applicable IEEE and SAE standards. The work environment is very collegial and benefits from a collaborative effort across a growing interdisciplinary team. In addition to the laboratory and office environment, occasional travel for customer support or field work is required. The candidate will receive advanced vehicle control training to safely operate our fleet of research vehicles.

The primary responsibility of this role as a CAV Tech Transfer Data Lead in the Saxton Laboratory is assisting in the industry adoption of ITS technologies through a data driven benefit analysis of the ITS infrastructure. Additionally, the help desk provides technical assistance for stakeholders deploying other USDOT research and tools (many developed by our team), including an open-source software platform for Vehicle-to-Everything communications (V2X Hub), CAV message creator tools, and the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) specification. As a technical point of contact for the data being generated by the various research projects at the Saxton Lab, the person at this position shall be able to convey information to stakeholders through the CAVSS and CDA Engagement projects. The person at this role will be required to learn and stay up to date with our lab's research products, CAV equipment, and stakeholder research needs. The CAVSS project receives requests for equipment loans and technical support from diverse stakeholders, and this person will be responsible for responding with technical support, following up as needed, and coordinating with our team of engineers and technicians to track support.

Anticipated pay range for this role: $80,000 - $90,000 - $100,000

Duties May include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with organizing and managing project work, including but not limited to supporting development and review of project financials, customer interaction, provide input towards project direction, and providing engineering expertise towards project execution.
  • Work to accomplish the development and maintenance of a stakeholder community of practice to support tech transfer for various projects across the surface transportation research portfolio.
  • Perform engineering duties at the systems level on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software required for traffic signals control, traffic management systems, vehicle guidance systems, and transportation simulation tools. This is a hands-on role, working directly with the components, systems, and suppliers to develop new and exciting transportation technologies.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and drive data solutions.
  • Conduct stakeholder outreach and promotion to meet research and project needs.
  • Support the operations and maintenance of the lab facility, equipment, and associated testbeds, including but not limited to conducting and/or supervising the prototyping, assembly, and configuration of electrical and networking equipment, and performing safety driver duties during testing.
  • Stay up to date with latest technology in the CAV industry by attending seminars, conferences, and independent research.
  • Interface with researchers, Government technical and business personnel, and other users of the Saxton Laboratory and associated testbeds.
  • Assist in various phases of research projects across the breadth of transportation science.

Required Education & Experience:

  • B.S. in electrical, Civil, Automotive, or other scientific or engineering discipline with 2+ years’ related experience or M.S. or PhD in Electrical, Civil, Automotive, or other scientific or engineering discipline and less than 2 years of prior relevant experience.
  • Ability to test and troubleshoot complex power and communication systems.
  • Familiarity with transportation and communication systems.
  • Time management and ability to balance priorities and ensure the products and services are delivered on-time and within budget.
  • Desire to independently learn about new technologies, hardware, and software (with guidance and technical support from the team as needed) - and instruct external stakeholders on how to use them.
  • Must communicate clearly, both orally and in writing along with a good understanding of industry specific terminology (authorship and publication of technical papers and presentations is a plus).

Other Requirements:

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance (which includes three years of immediate residency in the US).
  • Must be a good team player and be able to give and take constructive feedback. 
  • Must be prompt, schedule-conscious, and able to focus on the work at hand. 
  • Must be coachable and open to self-discovery and professional improvement.
  • Valid driver’s license and suitability to operate a motor vehicle.

Extra consideration given for experience in any of the following:

  • Traffic signal controller operations, configuration, communications, and Transportation Management Center operations.
  • Familiarity with transportation simulation tools including SUMO, CARLA, etc.
  • Use of spectrum and network analyzers and other RF test equipment.
  • Software development tools and methods, including one or more commonly used programming languages, such as C++, Python, JAVA, and Bash scripting.
  • Geospatial positioning (e.g., GPS) and position correction (e.g., RTCM)
  • Computer network engineering.
  • Wireless communication standards like IEEE 802.11p and 3GPP Release 15 or greater, supporting technologies like DSRC, C-V2X, Wi-Fi, and 5G.
  • Connected vehicle or transportation communication standards (e.g., SAE J2735, NTCIP 1202, etc.) preferred.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $63,050.00 - $113,975.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 46,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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