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The MITRE Corporation Software Engineer in Lexington Park, 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.

The MITRE Naval Aviation Systems Department’s (N233) mission is to advance Naval Aviation solutions with urgency ensuring warfighter dominance against current and future adversaries in defense of our nation. This is accomplished by delivering timely, effective, and sustainable capabilities to ensure the warfighter’s mission success and safe return home.

The Naval Aviation department is seeking a Software Engineer / Computer Scientist to design, develop, test and implement software applications for Naval aviation sponsors. These software engineering projects will touch on a multitude of cutting-edge aircraft platforms, both manned and unmanned, as well as systems requiring the implementation of various open architecture standards. Opportunities in research and development exist in such areas as Machine Learning, Modeling and Simulation, and Distributed Computing to support Naval aviation capabilities of the future!

Responsibilities include:

  • Execute full software engineering life cycle processes (concept vision through test).

  • Understand Open Architecture guidance and construct new tools and standards for government sponsors to easily adopt hardware and software architecture standards and systems for acquisition or verification purposes.

  • Create applications for embedded systems using new developing standards on platforms for demonstration or research purposes.

  • Engage directly with sponsors and work independently on newly adopted applications for capabilities to better serve the DoD.

  • Research and analyze data, open source, and DoD standards to solve complex problems.

  • Model Software Architecture, understand and identify the necessary items that go into Systems and Software Architecture in order to create a gap analysis.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 to 8 years of related experience

  • Applicants selected for this position will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or applicants who are eligible for security clearances.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field.

  • Programming language experience in either

  • Java or similar object-oriented language

  • C/C++

  • Understanding of software design patterns and best practices

  • Understanding of the Agile Software Development Life Cycle

  • Strong technical writing skills such as drafting software requirements and technical guidance

  • Possess and maintain a Secret level security clearance

  • Obtain and maintain a Top Secret level security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of model-based system engineering (MBSE) principles

  • Working knowledge of several programming languages, such as:

  • Java or similar object-oriented language

  • C/C++

  • Git, Virtual Machine


  • Python

  • Visual Studio, Eclipse

  • AWS

  • C#

  • Working knowledge of DoD acquisition programs

  • Machine Learning experience or course work

  • Strong interpersonal, briefing, and communication skills

  • Understanding of Verification and Validation (V&V) Principles

  • Understanding of basic networking, cybersecurity, and OSI Model Layers

  • Obtain and maintain a Top-Secret level security clearance

This requisition requires the following clearance(s):

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