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The MITRE Corporation Software Research Engineer in Fort Meade, Maryland

Why choose between doing meaningful work and having a fulfilling life? At MITRE, you can have both. That's because MITRE people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges—and we're committed to the long-term well-being of our employees. MITRE is different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every day—working for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We offer competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. If this sounds like the choice you want to make, then choose MITRE—and make a difference with us.

Our Communications Department is looking for an entry-level computer scientist or software engineer who is passionate about networking and communications. As an engineer at MITRE, you will work closely with others in a culture that encourages and values innovation, collaboration, mentoring, and continuous learning. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the solution of a variety of real, challenging, and critical problems that face our nation. You will have the opportunity to leverage and grow your network research engineering knowledge and hands-on skills through exposure to aspects of networking and communications that are unfamiliar to you, as well as by taking advantage of the many formal learning opportunities that MITRE provides, such as MITRE Institute classes, continuing education, tech talks and innovation exchanges, and more.

This position will require you to make use of your fundamental understanding of and interest in networking protocols and principles. Your specific duties will vary by project but will generally include performing research, design, analysis, hands-on prototyping, testing, experimentation, and modeling and simulation to address complex questions regarding design, security, and performance of networks that are faced by a variety of MITRE’s customers. Examples of activities you may perform include:

  • Perform systems engineering, design, analysis, and experimentation of networks

  • Build lab-based testbeds and conduct proof-of-concept experiments

  • Model the performance and behavior of networks in enterprise and tactical environments

  • Work with cyber and infrastructure automation technologies

  • Research emerging technologies and assess applicability to sponsor missions

  • Rapid lab prototyping, field testing, technical benchmarking, and modeling and simulation

  • Evaluate, validate, integrate, and design new protocols and technologies to meet sponsors missions

  • Propose and contribute to R&D initiatives

Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Systems, or a related field.

  • Coursework, experience, or skills in one or more of the areas below:

  • Cloud networking fundamentals

  • Infrastructure automation and virtualization technologies

  • TCP/IP networking fundamentals and related standard networking protocols

  • IP routing and layer 2 switching protocols

  • Proficiency in one or more scripting or programming languages such as C, C++, Java, or Python

  • R&D or analysis interest and experience.

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DoD Top Secret Clearance (U.S. Citizenship required).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active Top Secret/SCI Clearance with Polygraph preferred.

  • Software engineering coursework and experience.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.

  • Self-motivated to learn emerging technologies and explore new versions of existing solutions.

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