Software Test Engineer - Autonomous and AI Enabled Systems with Security Clearance

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland
Jun 12, 2024
Jul 10, 2024
Engineering, Software
Position Type
Full Time
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Description Are you interested in working in multi-disciplinary teams to advance the state-of-the-art in autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, software design, embedded systems, virtual reality, simulation and/or unmanned air platforms? Are you interested in applying your skills to conceive, design, prototype and test new capabilities in intelligent autonomous systems that will save US warfighter's lives and ensure our nation's preeminence? If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL! We are the Intelligent Combat Platforms Group, and our mission focus is to ensure that our Nation maintains the operational advantage on the future battlefield through foundational advances in artificial intelligence, autonomy, manned-unmanned teaming and novel unmanned aircraft (e.g. drones) design and testing. We believe the future of warfare will be defined by intelligent autonomous systems capable of fighting with machine precision at machine speeds. Whether it is developing the intelligence that drives autonomous wingmen behaviors, integrated real-time collaboration tools and data analytic architectures, or novel AI design tools and software, the Intelligent Combat Platforms Group is at the forefront. Three of our recent game-changing projects (DARPA Air Combat Evolution, AFRL Golden Horde, and Air Force SkyBorg) are featured in recent news articles, highlighting our impact and innovation. We are seeking inquisitive and creative team members who like to tackle challenging problems to help us build the next generation of AI-enabled combat systems and shape the future of warfare. Our team is an entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary team committed to developing technical talent, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration, while having fun with what we do! As a Software Test Engineer - Autonomous Systems, you will Research and develop new and novel approaches for test and evaluation of AI and autonomous systems software.
Develop software test plans, procedures, processes, and reports for AI and autonomous system software.
Collaborate with technical leads to determine strategies for scenario, stress, and requirements-based testing.
Run static and dynamic code analysis tools on incremental software deliveries.
Develop test applications and metrics to benchmark performance.
Support lab, ground and flight testing of AI and autonomous systems including testing at remote locations.
Provide test and evaluation expertise to customers on performers testing approaches, plans, schedules, and capabilities to ensure program success. Qualifications You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Possess a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering or another related field.
Have at least five years of relevant experience in software engineering and test.
Have at least five years of relevant experience in various software testing techniques and the ability to use them in practice: smoke testing, system testing, regression testing, stress testing, performance testing.
Have the ability to develop techniques and tools to automate testing.
Have proficiency in scripting languages including Bash, PowerShell, and Python.
Have experience creating test documentation (test plans, reports, metrics).
Are familiar with Java, Python, .NET, C/C++, UML, and object-oriented programming concepts.
Have demonstrated strength with communication skills - both verbal and written and possess the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Are able to travel within CONUS to U.S. Government and defense contractor's sites as well as to the work locations of Group staff.
Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Possess a Master's degree (or higher) in Computer Science/Engineering, Aerospace or Electrical Engineering or another related field.
Have a strong knowledge of Quality Assurance methodology and tools.
Have experience with cloud technologies such as Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud.
Possess relevant certifications such as: Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST), Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE), Certified Manager of Software Testing (CMST), ISTQB Agile Tester Certification.
Are well-versed in using professional software development tools such as integrated development environments (IDE), version control, issue trackers, debuggers and continuous integration tools and willing to lead teams through integration processes.
Have experience developing software test stands and laboratory environments.
Have experience working with unmanned aircraft test and evaluation.
Have experience with test and evaluation related to autonomy, AI, and/or machine learning.
Have an active Top Secret clearance. Why work at APL? The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at About Us APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact . Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.