Mission Critical Software Engineer

Cambridge, MA

Posted: 08/14/2019 Employment Type: Contract Industry: IT Job Number: 230193

Title: Mission Critical Software Engineer

Duration: 6+ months

Location: Cambridge MA



Softworld Engineering is staffing for a prestigious R&D lab in Cambridge MA. This position supports a larger Program which is responsible for delivering a fault tolerant GNC flight computer for integration into an autonomous space craft which will service the International Space Station. The responsibilities of this position include working as part of a team to build and deliver two simulators for the autonomous space craft:
  • The first simulator is of the GNC flight computer, intended to provide a surrogate for integration into their larger vehicle simulation and to support mission simulations at the system level.
  • The second simulator is of the remote terminals in the vehicle, intended to provide a test environment for the development and verification of the flight computer for the vehicle

Must Have:
  • MS in Computer Science/Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • At least 7 years of experience
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly. This program is large and the number of tasks are varied
  • Ability to learn quickly and on the job is a strong must.
  • Good knowledge of C/C++. Strong aptitude with pointers, bit math, and good code design principles desired.
  • Experience with System Design. E.g., how to robustly design a new feature of a larger system and then implement and integrate that piece into the system.
  • Experience with Linux systems.
  • Experience with Git, including concepts like branching, patch files, performing merge requests, continuous integration, etc.


  • Experience with any/all aspects of fault tolerant system designs. E.g., redundancy management, I/O, CRCs, telemetry, etc.
  • Knowledge or experience with MIL-STD-1553B.
  • Experience with parallel processing.


Wish list:
  • Experience with CRIU.
  • Knowledge of SQL.
  • Knowledge of Python.
  • Experience with writing/editing Makefiles.
  • Knowledge of LaTeX.
  • Experience with documentation and technical writing.
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