Software Development Engineer-TS/SCI Clearance

Job Title
Software Development Engineer-TS/SCI Clearance
Job ID
Herndon,  VA
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Software Development Engineer-TS/SCI Clearance
Herndon, VA

@Orchard is retained by a top space technology company to identify a Software Development Engineer to join a team building innovative software for users in environmental, space, defense, and intelligence communities. The job is based out of Northern Virginia and due to the nature of the work requires an active Top Secret Clearance with an SCI.

Project: Our client is supporting a well-established DoD customer that works on critical and high-visibility missions designing, developing, and fielding cutting-edge sensor technologies. The team is tremendously talented, and they are in need to add a full-time Software Development Engineer with a strong foundation in modeling and simulation to work on the growing number of requirements.

Professional Development: Our client is very thoughtful about professional development and continuing education. They offer everyone the opportunity to define their career trajectory. The group has some amazing resources at its disposal specifically for this purpose. You will work with your direct supervisor and/or a mentor to set appropriate goals and design a plan to help you make consistent progress. An ideal candidate comes to work ready to solve unique problems, builds quality from the ground up through strong software engineering principles, and values curiosity and learning as part of their continued career growth. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and software developers.

Highlights of Responsibilities:
    • Develop new software from algorithm definitions and prototypes
    • Work with program teams to plan future operations.
    • Practice and improve on agile development methodologies and tools
    • Work in a collaborative environment to support the sensor system design and fielding
    • Work with a multi-disciplinary team to compile complex products to inform leadership on technical risks and chances for success of projects.
    • Brief customer project, program, and senior leadership, as well as mission partners on modeling efforts, results, conclusions, and recommendations.

Minimum Requirements:
    • Must have current/active TS/SCI security clearance and be willing and able to obtain CI Polygraph
    • Master’s degree in engineering, sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or related technology field. Three additional years of experience may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
    • 10 years of relevant experience in your field of expertise
    • Ability and willingness to work on-site at customer location in Northern Virginia
    • Experience supporting the development of associated sensors systems that acquire TECHINT data
    • Monitor the technology and transition efforts of TECHINT-related sensors and systems in design by DoD and the Intelligence Community

Preferred Skills:
    • Strong programming skills in C++, Python, Java, etc.
    • Experience with Digital Signal Processing, Image Processing, Matlab, AWS, RESTful APIs, RESTful Web Services, Orchestration, and Containerization (e.g. Kubernetes, Docker).
    • Advanced education in Math, Physics.
    • Knowledge in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Electro-Optical (EO), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Geospatial Data.
    • Experience with ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, STK, SIMDIS, Global Mapper, ENVI, QT Modeler, and/or SocetGXP.
    • Development using Agile development practices.

If this opportunity sounds like a good fit, or if you would simply like more information, please apply so that we can paint the full picture.

Established in 2010, @Orchard LLC, also known as, Talent Orchard has an exceptional reputation, providing staffing solutions to time-sensitive, talent scarcity issues to deliver better talent management ROI.  Our specialty lies in the critical area of program talent acquisition and resource management, not in one narrow skillset, but across many areas of technical and functional delivery. To learn more about our other exciting opportunities, visit our Jobs Page at


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