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Jacobs Space Systems Embedded Software Engineer Lead in Severn, Maryland

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Your Impact:

Space Systems Embedded Software Engineer Lead


Do you have a passion for embedded software design? Do you like to think outside the box? Can you write embedded software in your sleep? Have led AGILE teams? Want to keep our nation safe? How about bleeding-edge technology? If so, then Jacobs has a great opportunity for you in our Innovative Aerospace Division (IAD) group. IAD is a rapidly growing business within the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Sector of Jacobs that is leading the design and development of next generation satellite payloads and ground processing systems.

This division is a small subset (<200) of the company comprised of engineers of various disciplines organized into product development teams. The small company atmosphere provides the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your engineering skills on the most challenging problems while also expanding your abilities and advancing your career. We have the corporate investment, infrastructure, subject matter experts, and strategic focus to enable you to be successful.

Successful candidates will have a background in either Technical management and Software Development/Engineering (C++ or Python), Electrical Engineering, or in Mathematics, and possess the following skills and abilities.



Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • Current TS/SCI clearance or able to be cleared to that level

  • Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. in electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics, math, or a related discipline.

  • 10 years’ experience in embedded software engineering

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills ranging from proposal writing to briefing executive level leadership.

  • Technical Leadership experience to include hardware/software development lifecycle management (AGILE, scheduling, estimation, and financial)

  • Systems engineering experience

  • Embedded system design experience

  • Custom hardware bring up experience


  • Experience working within teams of engineers as both a contributor and lead

  • Experience working with AGILE development practices (using Atlassian tools and Git)

  • Experience with Linux

  • Experience developing designs for airborne or satellite systems

  • Board support package development experience

  • Programming experience in C/C++/Python/Matlab/Verilog/VHDL

  • FPGA design experience

  • Tool experience:

  1. Buildroot

  2. Xilinx Vivado

  3. Xilinx SDK

  4. Keil

  5. Libero

  • SoC System design experience
  1. Xilinx UltraScale+ platform

  2. Xilinx RFSoC platform

  • Hardware experience
  1. Xilinx SoCs

  2. ARM processors

  3. Microsemi FPGAs

  • Radar experience

  • Signal processing experience

Clearance: Current TS/SCI clearance or able to be obtain and maintain to that level;

Clearance processing will be completed by the U.S. Government. Factors considered for a U.S. Government Security Clearance include but are not limited:

-U.S. Citizenship (Required)

-Favorable Criminal History Check

-Education Verification

-Abuse/Illegal Drug Use

-Credit Check

-Subject Interview

Location: Severn, MD (Preferred) or Beavercreek, OH. Position could be remote initially, but expected to come into office when COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed or removed.


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