Embedded Software Engineer, Electronics II-IV (4556) - UPDATED

Computers/Software Remote, United States Socorro, New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

Learn something new every day, from cryogenic cooling to fast radio burst detection, while working with some of the most advanced radio telescopes on the planet. As an Embedded Software Engineer in the Electronics Division, you'll use your experience with digital electronics to help architect and implement FPGA code in languages including VHDL and Verilog. You'll also develop software in a variety of languages to implement projects such as digital signal processing algorithms, REST servers, JavaScript clients, and SQL databases.


Regardless of language or framework, you'll practice excellent engineering processes, including making well-considered choices in architecture and design patterns, holding design and code reviews, and performing thorough unit, system, and regression testing.


You'll help schedule your own work based on the priorities of the team and of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and you'll take responsibility for the work you do. Your excellent written and verbal communication skills will allow you to coordinate the actions of many people and to document and present your work. This position will encourage you to invent more effective ways of improving your telescopes, and when you do you'll work with scientists and engineers to schedule, cost, implement, and test them.


Although relocation is not required, candidates must reside in the United States and have current authorization to work in the United States. Much of the team is located at the NRAO Science Operations Center, located on the campus of New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Socorro, NM is a small, historic city in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Socorro offers ample access to outdoor recreation.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay and is effective the first full pay period after six months of employment. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.

Job Duties Summary

Responsibilities will include:

  • Implementing and simulating FPGA code in languages including VHDL and Verilog.
  • Designing, implementing, and testing software in an Agile development team.
  • Using professional development practices including test-driven development and bug tracking.
  • Following NRAO and government safety policies and procedures.
  • Performing other relevant duties as assigned.


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a research or development environment. You must be able to communicate effectively verbally, over video, and in writing with personnel who may be in different time zones. Occasional travel (domestic and international) may be required.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelors degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field.


Preferred Education

Advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or a related field.


Minimum Experience

One to two years of experience implementing, testing, and supporting engineering production through firmware and software development.


Preferred Experience

Five or more years of experience implementing, testing and supporting engineering production through firmware and software development:

  • Demonstrated skills in firmware development and simulation.
  • Demonstrated skills in software architecture and design pattern selection and implementation.
  • A record of having rapidly learned multiple disciplines outside of formal schooling.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and enthusiasm.



Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button below.  Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position.  Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.



Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs.  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to resumes@nrao.edu.



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

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.