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Job #: R-00021121
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Intern Technical
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil


Job Description:

Are you interested in Autonomous Vehicles and intelligent transportation systems?

Do you want to collaborate with scientists and engineers at a world class Federal R&D center for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles?

Leidos is seeking Transportation Research and Development Engineer Lab Assistants (R&D Lab Assistants) INTERN to join our team at the Saxton Laboratory in McLean, VA.

The Saxton Lab supports the USDOT and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) with a range of transportation and operations research programs.

This is a hands-on opportunity to be part of a large interdisciplinary research team that advances connected and automated vehicle technologies by developing, testing, and demonstrating new capabilities associated with Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications (V2V, V2I, and V2X).

Primary Responsibilities

The R&D Lab Assistant INTERN will participate in some or all of the following:

  • Assisting engineers and researchers with various phases of scientific research and laboratory upkeep.
  • Configuring hardware and software systems required for control of traffic signals, traffic management systems, and vehicle guidance systems.
  • Completing routine laboratory tasks as defined in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Contributing to the development of new best practices and SOPs for laboratory tasks.
  • Configuring electrical, scientific, or networking equipment under supervision of senior engineers.
  • Data collection and record keeping

Note: *The selected INTERN will be required to operate the vehicles and may have an opportunity for advanced driver training to serve as a Safety Driver for vehicle testing*

Basic Qualifications

  • Candidates must be enrolled in a degree program in a relevant scientific or technical discipline such as Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Automotive Technology, etc.

  • Aptitude for technology and interest in intelligent transportation solutions.
  • Must be a good team player and able to give and take constructive feedback.
  • Must be prompt, schedule-conscious, and able to focus on the work at hand.
  • Valid driver’s license and suitability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Your GPA needs to be included on your application and resume.

    US Citizenship Requirements

    Candidate must be able to obtain an Public Trust clearance.

Preference for candidates with any of the following Qualifications:

  • Linux experience.
  • Familiarity with networking technologies – routers, switches, headless computer systems.
  • Some programming/scripting experience – MATLAB, Python, JAVA, C++, or other.
  • Electromechanical troubleshooting experience

  • Direct research experience contributing to the authorship of a technical paper.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:

Public Trust



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Job Family:

Intern Technical


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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