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Job #: R-00047890
Location: San Diego, CA
Category: Systems Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos Maritime System Solutions (MSS) is seeking to hire Vehicle Systems Engineer (UxS) in support of AUV Operations to support our Silvertip customer located at NIWC Systems Center, San Diego, CA. The position will be part of the unmanned underwater vehicle development AUV Launch and Recovery operations.

This position will require the candidate to obtain and hold a Secret Clearance. This position is for a mid-level engineer to join a growing, fast-paced research, development, testing and evaluation team at Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific located in San Diego, California. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design methods and approaches for integrating cutting-edge sensor technologies into Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs).
  • Develop software and hardware code to modify and enhance UUV behaviors and controls, including execution of sensor specific commands and tasking.
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary engineering team to deliver game-changing technologies under a rapid research and development timeline.
  • Conduct multi-faceted testing (integration, regression, unit-level, etc.) to ensure UUV reliability and performance, and proper operation of new sensor technologies and capabilities.
  • Troubleshoot complex UUV software and hardware issues, determining the best approach for addressing the issue(s) while considering the impact of that change(s) on other system components and sub-systems.
  • Participate in at-sea test events to collect and analysis real-world engineering data in support of improvements and engineering design changes to the vehicle and/or associated sensors.
  • Proficiency in Python, Java and Unix/Linx bash scripting is preferred
  • Strong hardware and software troubleshooting skills
  • Experience working with electronics test equipment (spectrum analyzers, multimeter, oscilloscopes, etc.)
  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret hardware and software documents
  • Experience testing hardware and software in various testing environments (integration, regression, unit-level, etc.)

Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field
  • RF Design and Testing
  • Background and understanding of electronic systems
  • Experience with Unmanned Systems or Robotics (underwater vehicles is preferred)
  • Experience with Windows and Unix Operating Systems
  • Experience in Oceanographic Instruments
  • Ability to work in small groups and independently
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced work environment
  • Skilled in communicating technical information both verbally and written
  • Self-started that is able to solve technical and process related problems
  • Strong hardware troubleshooting skills
  • Requires BS and 4 – 8 years of prior relevant experience or Masters with 2 – 6 years of prior relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to work on a small boat (i.e. not susceptible to motion sickness)
  • Willing to travel for short periods of time to support project requirements

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Systems Engineering

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About Leidos

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 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

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