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Job #: R-00025623
Location: Mountain View, CA
Category: Software Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

Leidos has an opening for a Robotics Software Engineer Lunar Rover in Moffett Field, California. The Software Engineer will support the Intelligent Robotics Group ( at the NASA Ames Research Center. NASA AMES Research Center conducts aggressive research and development for robot missions on Earth and in space. This work supports a wide variety of NASA and non-NASA customers through direct technology delivery, field testing (in extreme environments and on the International Space Station), and deployment. Key work areas include autonomy, navigation, perception, and robot user interfaces. 

This position is for a full-time robotics engineer to develop software systems for the NASA VIPER Lunar Rover:

Required Education and Skills:

  • Applicants should have a B.S. (or higher) in Computer Science with 4 years related experience.
    A strong background and experience in Linux-based software development / engineering (C, C++, and/or Java) and agile development is required
  • Strong background in robotics and/or distributed systems
  • Strong background in developing high-performance software,   particularly with C/C++ and GNU tools under Linux
  • Experience with robot navigation, 3D user interfaces, and/or system   software

Other Desired Skills: 


  • Mobile robot navigation
  • ROS2 (Robot Operating System)
  • Sensor characterization and calibration


  • Distributed and asynchronous systems
  • Embedded systems (especially Linux/ARM and Android/ARM)
  • Middleware (particularly DDS) 

Computer vision

  • 3D environment perception and mapping
  • Extended Kalman filters
  • Visual pose estimation, including optical flow and feature-based approaches

This position requires successful completion of a government background check to access government facilities and/or systems. Per contract requirements, United States Citizenship or Permanent Residence Status is required.

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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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