Sr. Staff Software Engineer (Apps)

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As a Sr. Staff Software Engineer, leads and mentors a group of software developers in a fast moving, collaborative Agile development environment. In this role, one oversees plans, design, development, and testing of software systems to support autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. As an expert in the field, one uses professional concepts in developing resolution to mission critical issues and broad design matters.

Position Responsibilities

  • Responsible for vision-based autonomy technology roadmap and technical execution
  • Works on defining software life cycle development process and requirements
  • Supervises and oversees technical software development in support of products and programs Presents at and leads internal and external software design reviews
  • Oversees creation of software design documentation according to software process requirements
  • Contributes to process improvement efforts and ensures compliance with coding standards
  • Ensures team delivers work on-time according to agreed completion dates and within project schedule and budget
  • Derives software architecture and algorithm design from detailed software requirements
  • Works closely with multiple teams of software developers and reports updates to senior management
  • Operates in a continuous learning environment and provides knowledge transfer and mentoring to less experienced engineers
  • Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new or special assignments
  • May supervise the activities of others
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skill s & Experience)

  • An advanced degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Math, or Physics is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Minimum 12-15 years of relevant experience in embedded Linux systems or GPUs
  • Experienced with formal and structured software lifecycle development process
  • Familiar with software design patterns, SDLC, and STLC
  • Expertise in one of the following: C++, C, and/or Python
  • Experienced working with common protocols such as TCP, UDP, RS-232, CAN, I2C, SPI
  • Experienced writing unit tests and automated testing frameworks
  • Experienced with Agile Software Development Process Management
  • Demonstrated familiarity with source code configuration management tools such as Git as well as familiarity with CI/CD tools, IDEs and debuggers
  • Willingness to travel locally (Occasionally)
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • M.S. or PhD is preferred
  • Experience with computer vision and machine learning, especially on embedded systems
  • Experience with UAS, drones, robotics, autonomous vehicles, or other embedded systems
  • Familiar with real-time control systems, especially advanced estimation techniques
  • Demonstrates capacity as an innovator and subject matter expert in the field
  • Demonstrates understanding of object-oriented design, data structures, database, and operating systems. A basic knowledge of networking is preferred
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and sound judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Demonstrates effective listening, questioning, clarifying and summarizing skills to effectively communicate in one-on-one and small group settings
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests
  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and R&D environment (Frequent)
  • Travel required to domestic US sites (Occasional)
  • Required to stand and sit for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $140,691 - $211,037

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.

    Job details


    Sr. Staff Software Engineer (Apps)




    United States


    June 11, 2024

    Application deadline

    September 08, 2023

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