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Job #: R-00009410
Location: Mountain View, CA
Category: Software Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil


Job Requisition:

Senior Software Engineer for Air Traffic Management (Urban Air Taxis R&D Projects)

Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for a Senior Software Engineer supporting one of our customers in Mountain View, California. The Senior Software Engineer will support The Intelligent Systems Research and Development Support (ISRDS) contract, which assists NASA Ames Research Center in developing and infusing advanced information systems technology into NASA missions. Our scientists, engineers and information technologists support research and development of critical enabling intelligent technologies for all of the NASA Mission Directorates. This SGT‐led team has supported technology development for NASA space exploration missions such as LADEE and TESS, supports payload development for the International Space Station, and develops robotics and autonomous operations technologies for lunar and planetary exploration. ISRDS engineers provide support in aeronautics for autonomous operations of unmanned systems and for meeting the challenges of expanding capacity in the aviation industry.

NASA is developing the concepts for integrating the next revolution in Air Traffic Management, Urban Air Taxis into the NAS. This system will be taking a fast demonstration approach to developing these new concepts similar to the approach taken in developing NASA’s UTM systems.  The UTM Project has key deliverables to the FAA and industry via a Research Transition Team established with the FAA. The project is currently slated to be in effect through 2019. The ATM-X project has a key deliverables of the Grand Challenge to the Aeronautics Associate Administrator in 2020.

Basic Education and Experience:

  • BS in Computer Engineering / Computer Science or Related Field and a minimum of 8 years of experience. Additional years of experience and/or certifications will be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Agile Development processes
  • Collaborative version control (git, svn)
  • Build systems (gradle, maven)
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery/Deployment (Jenkins)
  • Java and C++ (backend)
  • Use of Relational Databases (MySQL and Postgres)
  • Cloud deployment (AWS)
  • UNIX command line tools
  • Secure coding practices
  • Open source security scanning
  • Static checking and secrets management
  • Excellent verbal communications
  • Team player
  • Ability to work directly with the customer
  • Ability to come up to speed quickly on software development projects and make contributions

Other Desired Skills: 

  • Familiarity with Atlassian stack
  • Interest and knowledge of aviation, air traffic management, and unpiloted aircraft systems (drones)
  • Excellent issue analysis and debugging abilities
  • Familiarity with UTM
  • Systems engineering perspective

This position requires successful completion of a government background check to access government facilities and/or systems. Work cannot begin on the contract without a fully adjudicated security clearance.  If you are not a United States Citizen or Green Card holder, this check could take 12-18 months to complete.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Public Trust


Yes, 10% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:




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Job Family:

Software Engineering



Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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