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Job #: R-00027288
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Systems 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: Civil

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Job Description:

Are you interested in improving and shaping the transportation industry?  Leidos is the lead for the USDOT’s research and development of new technologies to improve the safety, operation, and efficiency of the nation’s transportation system.  STOL provides a variety of services to support the advancement and deployment of emerging technologies, including vehicle automation and communication.  Leidos is seeking a Communications Engineer who is motivated by variety, thrives in a challenging environment, seeks professional growth, and will be a key part of a team developing and extending a variety of applications and components in support of transportation research.  This person will play a significant role in developing and evaluating technologies developed both in-house and by others.

Transportation Systems of interest relate to the following:

•    Vehicle-to-infrastructure, Vehicle-to-pedestrian, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication hardware and standards, 
•    Connected and Automated vehicles, 
•    Traffic operations, and 
•    Intelligent transportation systems.

The successful candidate will work closely with software developers, fellow engineers, and project managers to develop and execute test plans, install and manage communications hardware, and analyze wireless communications needs.  The candidate should enjoy working in a lab environment and in real world settings developing and testing new solutions, tools, and opportunities to advance the state of technology and promote adoption.  The Communications Engineer will be part of a growing research team that advances connected and automated vehicle technologies for FHWA.  

The Communications Engineer is expected to work on a full time basis onsite at FHWA’s Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA.  Primary responsibilities include: 

•    Interacting with customer and in-house development teams to identify, understand, and resolve technical goals and challenges
•    Working with wireless device vendors to specify and procure development hardware
•    Operating, testing, installing, and configuring wireless equipment and associated software
•    Troubleshooting
•    Evaluating new communication methods using cellular and DSRC in a vehicle environment
•    Conduct communication simulation for different communication protocols (e.g., DSRC and cellular)
•    Developing Connected Vehicle- and Infrastructure-based applications
•    Tracking and reporting performance of devices and software under test
•    Producing clear and concise records of testing
•    Writing technical reports and technical documentation
•    Data processing and analysis by using statistical methods
•    Conducting demonstrations, meetings, and webinars
•    Contributing to proposals, work efforts, budgets, schedules, and work breakdown structures
•    Test planning and development, system testing, and user documentation.

Required Education and Experience:

•    Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, or other engineering field. 
•    3+ years of experience testing and troubleshooting complex software and hardware systems.
•    Experience with Linux and Windows Operating systems
•    Familiarity with wireless and connected vehicle standards including IEEE 802.11 & 1609, 3GPP LTE & 5G, SAE J2735 & J2945
•    Experience with IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP, SNMP and networking in general
•    Experience with creating and executing comprehensive test cases 
•    Ability to identify, record, document, and track faults and flaws
•    Hands-on setup of data collection hardware and software
•    Self-motivated and ability to self-teach with minimal guidance
•    Good oral and written communication skills
•    Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance
•    Must have valid driver’s license and ability to pass DMV background check 

Desired Experience:

•    Familiar with C++, C#, C 
•    Experience working with Java, Python, SQL
•    Understanding of Transportation industry and connected and/or automated vehicle operations
•    Awareness of the systems engineering process
•    Experience with Git, Maven, and Gradle
•    Familiar with R, Matlab, and other professional statistical software package.
•    Understanding of ITS standards, such as NTCIP 1202
•    Geospatial positioning (e.g. GPS) and position correction (e.g. RTCM)
•    Network administration/engineering
•    Data management
•    Due to traveling to government test tracks to support field experiments, U.S. citizenship is preferred. 

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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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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