Senior Systems Engineer

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Aug 04, 2023
Oct 01, 2023
Full Time
Rapid Prototyping Research Center Senior Systems EngineerThe George Mason University Rapid Prototyping Research Center, within the College of Engineering and Computing, seeks a proactive, organized, and self-reliant Senior Systems Engineer. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Department:The Rapid Prototyping Research Center (RPRC) focuses on providing its Department of Defense (DOD) sponsors a unique perspective on rapid prototyping that aligns with Section 804 in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act. Specifically, rather than developing a new system to satisfy intractable problems on the battlefield, the RPRC integrates new technology into existing infrastructure. This unique approach reduces acquisition costs since the sustainment tail is in place. It also reduces the time to field intractable solutions to the battlefield from 10-14 years down to 1-3 years and provides assurance that the prototype involved is integrated with the latest technology, not dated technology due to lengthy acquisition delivery timelines.About the Position:The Senior Systems Engineer will have the responsibility for building a large-scale enterprise application using web technologies, distributed computation and storage frameworks, data collection nodes, and sophisticated, cutting-edge domain analytics, with the system hosted on virtualized and cloud-computing platforms. They will also support the Program Manager to maintain the program schedule, provide input to the program budget, support program planning activities, and deliver contractually required periodic reports and briefs, engineering status reports, and other program documentationResponsibilities:Design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, highly reliable and fault-tolerant systems on AWS and other cloud platforms;Select appropriate AWS services to design and deploy an application based on the business requirements and implement cost control strategies on the AWS infrastructure;To guide the development team, create architectural approaches for software design and implementations, including high-level product specifications and design documents;Participate in software development processes. Providing technical guidance to the development team and supporting quality assurance, version control, and build processes;Designs and develops software architecture for distributed systems that are a combination of COTS hardware, software and custom developed solutions;Leads the development of system software including - low level drivers/BSP, API's, applications databases, algorithms, etc.;Assists with design reviews;Works with QA to optimize testing techniques;Provides technical guidance and mentoring to program teams;Tracks industry trends and maintains knowledge of new technologies to better serve the program's architecture needs. Assess new and emerging technologies and utilize that knowledge to improve the current deployment, increase scalability and adoption rates; andSupports the Program Manager to maintain the program schedule, provide input to the program budget, support program planning activities, and deliver contractually required periodic reports and briefs, engineering status reports, and other program documentation.Required Qualifications:US Citizen with ability to obtain a TS clearance;Master's degree in related field;Strong written, verbal and presentation skills, including communicating with non-technical audiences;Expertise in PNT/A-PNT with experience with fielded, operational technologies and systems;Significant professional experience in the following technologies:Software Design Methodologies: Object Oriented Design and Analysis, Unified Modeling Language(UML), Agile/Scrum, and Waterfall;Programming Languages: C/C++, C#, .NET, Java, Python;Scripting: Javascript, Shell;Packages: numpy (Python), BLAS/LAPACK (C/C++);Operating Systems: Unix, Linux, Android, Ubuntu, RTOS, Windows;Cloud-based systems and communications: AWS, Azure, VPN;Algorithms and Analysis: Digital Signal and Image Processing, Matlab, Parallel Algorithms;Source Control: CVS (SVN), Rational ClearCase, Git;Software-defined radio technology and associated signal processing techniques;Systems operations and functions, to include data analysis/statistics, networking, and data security;Systems of systems, mesh processing, parallel/redundant operations;Modeling and simulation of large distributed systems; andExperience with a product development lifecycle including design, engineering, prototyping, LRIP, and the deployment of production systems (products).Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is HereThe College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and the School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. Ranked nationally in the top 100 in both undergraduate and graduate education, the College boasts 10,000 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 302 full-time faculty who comprise the College, 93 are tenured, 75 are tenure-track, 82 are instructional faculty, and 52 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $70 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, community-based healthcare, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The College highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.George Mason University is the largest and most diverse public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of 40,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country, and has an outstanding local public school system.In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing. George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to increase its capacity in engineering and computing. Some of the university's exciting plans are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a 360,000 square foot building¬-Fuse at Mason Square. Fuse will become the nexus of Mason's transdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship, and academic program efforts in digital innovation, and will unite the public and private sectors in a collaborative alliance to address the world's grand challenges.

For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number F903AZ; and attach a cover letter, resume, a statement of what diversity and inclusion mean to you (to attach as 'Other Doc'), and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by August 17, 2023; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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