Junior Systems Engineer
Posted on: June 19, 2022
Description Job Description:Leidos is seeking a Systems R&D
Engineer to join our team! The R&D Engineer will be a key part
of the Leidos team supporting Connected Automated Vehicle (CAV) and
Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA) research across the US through
our work at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Saxton
Laboratory (STOL), located at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research
Center in McLean, VA. Our team advances CAV technology for the
USDOT by developing, testing, and supporting the adoption of
technologies associated with vehicle-to-vehicle and
vehicle-to-infrastructure communications as well as CDA.This is an
opportunity for someone who is seeking a hands-on role in a
fast-paced environment working directly with state and local DOTs
as well as technology vendors in the Intelligent Transportation
Systems (ITS) industry. A strong candidate will have the following:
a background in electrical, computer, systems, civil, automotive,
or other relevant technical discipline; work history or education
that demonstrates ability to troubleshoot computers, code software,
manage computer networks, and understand
electronic/electromechanical systems; the ability to learn and
clearly communicate complex technical matters to a variety of
audiences. The ideal candidate will arrive with a working knowledge
of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications
and networking, including related hardware/software configurations
and applicable IEEE and SAE standards. The work environment
benefits from a collaborative effort across a growing
interdisciplinary team. In addition to the laboratory and office
environment, occasional travel for customer support,
demonstrations, field work, and conference attendance may be
required. The candidate will receive advanced vehicle driver
training to safely operate our fleet of research vehicles.The
primary responsibility of this role as an R&D Engineer in the
Saxton Laboratory is assisting in the development, integration, and
testing of new technologies for ITS. Additionally, this position
will assist with developing and communicating technical solutions
for our CAV Support Services (CAVSS) equipment loan program and
technical help desk where Leidos arrange no-cost equipment loans
(e.g., on-board units, roadside units, and networking devices for
CAVs) to stakeholders and provide technical assistance in
configuring and testing these systems. In addition, our help desk
promotes and provides technical assistance for stakeholders
deploying other USDOT research and tools (many developed by our
team), including an open-source software platform for
Vehicle-to-Everything communications (V2X Hub), CAV message creator
tools, and the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) specification. The
CAVSS project receives requests for equipment loans and technical
support from diverse stakeholders. This role will be responsible
for responding with technical support, following up as needed, and
coordinating with our team of engineers and technicians to track
support. As the technical point of contact for the CAVSS, the
Engineer will be required to learn and stay up to date with our
lab's research products, CAV equipment, and stakeholder research
needs.Duties shall include:
- Perform engineering duties at the systems level on
commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software required for
traffic signals control, traffic management systems, and vehicle
guidance systems. This is a hands-on role, working directly with
the components, systems, and suppliers to develop new and exciting
- Integrate electrical and computer prototypes to meet research
and stakeholder needs.
- Conduct and/or supervise the prototyping, assembly, and
configuration of electrical and networking equipment and components
for research and early-adopter needs.
- Educate stakeholders and early adopters on technologies,
capabilities, best-practices, and FHWA resources that are relevant
to their success in deploying CAV technologies.
- Represent Leidos and FHWA in collaboration with diverse
stakeholders on technical discussions and in meetings.
- Analyze complex CAV early-adopter needs and respond promptly to
requests for technical and engineering assistance.
- Perform market research and cost-benefit analysis to identify
and procure emerging and state-of-the-art products for the CAVSS
Loan Equipment Inventory.
- Follow and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to
manage the CAVSS Loan Equipment Inventory.
- Stay up to date with latest technology in the CAV industry by
attending seminars, conferences and independent research.
- Interface with researchers, Government technical and business
personnel, and other users of the Saxton Laboratory and associated
testbeds. May include facilitating connections and hosting
- Assist in various phases of research projects across the
breadth of transportation science.
- Support the operations and maintenance of the lab facility,
equipment, and associated testbeds.
- Interface with Government technical and business
personnel.Required Education & Experience:
- Bachelors degree in Electrical, Systems, Computer, Civil,
Automotive or other scientific or engineering discipline. OR
directly related associate degree with 2+ years related experience
may be considered in lieu of a degree.
- Ability to test and troubleshoot complex power and
- Familiarity with intelligent transportation systems and
- Software development tools and methods, including one or more
commonly used programming languages, such as C++, Python, JAVA, and
- Time management and ability to balance priorities and ensure
the products and services are delivered on-time and within
- Desire to independently learn about new technologies, hardware,
and software (with guidance and technical support from the team as
needed) - and instruct external stakeholders on how to use
- Must communicate clearly in English, both orally and in writing
along with a good understanding of industry specific terminology
(authorship and publication of technical papers and presentations
is a plus).Desired Qualifications:
- Traffic signal controller operations, configuration,
communications, and Transportation Management Center
- Use of spectrum and network analyzers and other RF test
- Geospatial positioning (e.g., GPS) and position correction
- Computer network engineering.
- Wireless communication standards like IEEE 802.11p and 3GPP
Release 15 or greater, supporting technologies like DSRC, C-V2X,
Wi-Fi, and 5G.
- Connected vehicle or transportation communication standards
(e.g., SAE J2735, NTCIP 1202, etc.) preferred.Other Requirements
- Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust
- Must be a good team player and be able to give and take
- Must be prompt, schedule-conscious, and able to focus on the
work at hand.
- Must be coachable and open to professional improvement.
- Valid drivers license and suitability to operate a motor
vehicle.Pay Range: $50,700 - $78,000 - $105,300Pay Range:Pay Range
$50,700.00 - $78,000.00 - $105,300.00The Leidos pay range for this
job level is a general guideline onlyand not a guarantee of
compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending
an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the
job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as
well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable
bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.#FeaturedjobRequired
Keywords: Leidos, Burke , Junior Systems Engineer, Other , Burke, Virginia
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