Software Engineer II-III (Open Rank)

Computers/Software Green Bank, West Virginia


                       Software Engineer II-III (Open Rank)  


Job Number:4376

Job Title: Software Engineer (II-III Open Rank)

Location: Green Bank Observatory

State: West Virginia

City: Green Bank

Posting Date:9/21/2018

Internal End: 9/28/2018

Job Schedule: Full Time

Department: Green Bank Software Development Division

Career Level: Intermediate (non-manager)

Education: Four-Year Degree

Experience: 2-5 Years





Position Description:


Position Summary

We are seeking an early or mid-career software engineer to join the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) Software Development Division (SDD). The division’s primary focus is maintaining and upgrading the subsystems supporting the operation of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. The major subsystems include: telescope monitor and control, telescope scheduling, data reduction, and data archiving. The team also develops new software to meet challenges posed by new observing paradigms and state of the art instrumentation.  Job classification and compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.



Using prescribed methods, researches, conducts or coordinates detailed phases of software engineering work as assigned. Performs work that involves conventional software engineering practices.  The successful candidate will collaborate with members of the Software, Electronics and Science Divisions to contribute to full life cycle development of systems-oriented applications supporting GBO operations. Opportunities exist to develop software in other radio astronomy-related domains including embedded systems, FPGA systems, software defined radio, and machine learning. 


  • Under general instruction and using pre-established guidelines, designs, develops and implements software applications for subsystems, and for implementation and support of subsystems under close supervision.
  • Participates in documentation, installation, testing, maintenance support and further development of software subsystems within established standards.
  • Works with other software developers and scientists to identify and solve problems.
  • Assists in preparing costs and time analyses of projects.  Makes recommendations for procedures, equipment purchases, and other improvements.
  • Proactive compliance with Observatory and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
  • Other duties as assigned.






Position Requirements:

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or related field.

Minimum Experience:

Two to three years previous related work experience is required.  Candidates with three to five years of related experience may be considered for a Software Engineer III position. 

Requires the use of PCs, workstations, and software packages. Must be familiar with standard software engineering concepts, practices and procedures through academic training and formal work experience.  Requires strong interpersonal and communications skills.


Required Technical Experience:

- Object-oriented design and development with C++.

- Python application development.

- Linux application and device driver development; good knowledge of systems level Linux.

- Real-time computing principles with application to real-time Linux extensions or frameworks (e.g. RTAI or Xenomai).

- Computer architecture including multi-threading, memory management, and hardware interfaces.

- Networking and socket programming.

- Experience debugging medium-to-high complexity software/hardware systems.

- Ability to clearly convey technical information to developers, engineers and scientists, interact with peers in a positive and respectful way and calmly resolve conflicts.


Desired Technical Experience:

- Digital signal processing

- Bash or other scripting languages

- Version control software

- Agile or waterfall methodology

- Unit testing and continuous integration


Job title and compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.




Application Instructions:


Apply online at the Associated University Inc. / NRAO / GBO / LBO Careers page; upload CV/Resume and letter of interest.






AUI is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)