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Job #: R-00020667
Location: Huntsville, AL
Category: Electrical Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Leidos Innovations Center (LInC)

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Job Description:

Do you like Autonomous Navigation Engineering and Programming? If so read on!

The Guidance Navigation and Control Department of the Leidos Innovation Center develops and deploys cutting edge alternative positioning systems for customers who can’t rely on GPS alone, and we need your help in the Rocket City (Huntsville, AL)! In this position you’ll be working on a mix of analytical and hands-on tasks including algorithm development/optimization, interfacing to sensors (electrically and programmatically), writing software targeting multiple computing architectures, and field testing of navigation systems. Our group primarily supports research and development as well as advanced prototyping for customers including DARPA, NASA, Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, and the Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. These customers need to get our advanced technology into the field! You’ll be engaged on multiple projects as a part of a small team of engineers (typically 3-5) working together in spiral or agile development environments to meet customer schedules aimed at near-term field demonstrations of advanced capabilities.  Are you excited about making advanced technologies work in the real world? Then we want you on our team!

Fun stuff on the job you will get to do:
- Design and develop prototype systems, including designing electrical interfaces and power connections
- Write software to interface to sensors over a variety of protocols and interfaces (e.g. I2C, SPI, RS232, RS422, USB, Ethernet)
- Work with a team of engineers to get cutting-edge navigation, computer vision, and machine learning algorithms running in real-time on real hardware
- Develop and utilize simulation testbeds to support algorithm testing and assessment
- Travel with your team to demo your system to the customer on a variety of platforms, including aircraft, ground vehicles, pedestrians, and naval ships.  Testing typically lasts for 1-2 weeks.

Skills you will need to be successful in this role:
    - Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent and  3+ years of relevant experience
    - Must be a US Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance. You don’t have to have a clearance currently, but we’ll be putting you in for a one after you begin and you’ll need to be “clear-able”
    - Experience programming in C/C++. You’ll do most of your software development in C/C++, but we also program in Python and Matlab
    - Experience working in a Linux environment, preferably comfortable working on a headless system
    - Familiarity with DC circuits.  We do not do board-level designs, but understanding basic concepts of power, current, and voltage is beneficial

You will wow us even more if you have these skills:
    - Master’s or PhD Degree in major listed above
    - Experience working with various sensor types (Inertial Measurement Units, GPS, cameras, LiDAR, etc.)
    - Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS) and the OpenCV computer vision library
    - Experience with autonomous system development through robotics competitions
    - Experience using version control tools (GIT, Subversion, etc)
    - Experience with either sensor fusion/estimation algorithms (e.g. Kalman Filters, Particle Filters, Factor Graphs) or with computer vision algorithms

External Referral Eligible

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Electrical 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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