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Job #: R-00050202
Location: McLean, VA
Category: Testing and Quality Assurance
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: 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 US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Research and Development program for new Surface Transportation technologies improving the safety, operation, and efficiency of the nation’s transportation system.

Leidos is seeking a mid-level Transportation Hardware Test 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 evaluating technologies developed both in-house and by others. 

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

Systems of interest relate to the following:

•    Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication hardware and standards,

•    Autonomous/Driverless vehicles,

•    Traffic operations, and

•    Intelligent transportation systems.

The successful candidate will work closely with software developers, systems engineers and project managers to develop and execute test plans, create automated test scripts, identify and resolve defects, and improve the quality of the finished applications.  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 Test Engineer will be part of a growing research team that advances Connected and Autonomous vehicle technologies for FHWA.

Responsibilities include:

• Interacting with customer and in-house development teams to understand and resolve technical goals and challenges

• Building and maintaining trust with key FHWA stakeholders to facilitate communication on R&D priorities

• Managing, testing, and installing equipment (in vehicles and in Road Side Equipment)

• Configuring hardware and software

• Travel to test track facilities (around 25% of the year)

• Troubleshooting

• Tracking and reporting performance of devices and software under test

• Producing clear and concise records of testing

• Conducting demonstrations, meetings, and webinars

• Writing technical reports and technical documentation

• Contributing to proposals, work efforts, budgets, schedules, and work breakdown structures

• Additional duties to include: RSE testing, automated test planning and development, software integration, system testing, simulation testing, and user documentation.

Required Education & Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering or other engineering field, Computer Science, or other science discipline with 4+ years of experience testing and debugging complex software and hardware systems, or a Master’s degree with 2+ years related experience

• Must be a US Citizen

• Must be able to travel to test track facilities, around 25% of the year

• Experience with creating comprehensive test cases

• Experience in identifying, documenting and tracking software defects

• Experience using statistical knowledge to design test plans and process data

• Experience with data visualization

• Experience with verifying and validating simulation models using field and/or hardware data

• Knowledge in 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

• Able to follow-through on commitments and deliver quality products ahead of or on schedule

• Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust clearance

• Must have valid driver’s license and ability to pass DMV background check

Desired Experience:

• Understanding of connected and/or automated vehicle operations

• Knowledge of the systems engineering process

• Knowledge of Agile Software Methodology

• Experience in creating automated test scripts and using automated testing tools

• Experience in establishing a test approach using a combination of automated tests and manual tests

• Familiarity with C++, C#, C running on Linux Operating systems

• Experience with IPv4, IPv6, TCP/UDP, and networking in general

• Strong Experience working with Java, Python, SQL, Windows

• Experience with Git, Maven, and Gradle

• Experience with Robot Operating System (ROS)

• Understanding of connected vehicle and ITS standards, such as SAE J2735, IEEE 1609, IEEE 802.11, NTCIP 1202

• Experience with software development

• Experience with Geospatial positioning (e.g. GPS) and position correction (e.g. RTCM)

• Familiarity with Network administration/engineering

• Understanding of wireless communications, particularly DSRC, cellular, or Wi-Fi

• Experience with Data management

• Familiarity with Lidar

• Familiarity with different types of simulators for e.g.:

  • Vehicle dynamics and sensor simulators, such as CARLA, LGSVL, CARMSIM, CARMaker or similar
  • Traffic simulation tools like SUMO, Vissim, Aimsun, TransModeler or similar
  • Communication simulation tools like NS-3, OMNET++, NetSim, OPNET, Matlab or similar


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Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 25% of the time

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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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