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Java II Software Engineer

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), Algorithms, Modeling & Assessments Division in Raleigh, NC is seeking a Java II Software Engineer with Windows and Linux OS experience for a position developing and improving an existing weapon effects software architecture for advanced physics-based computational models deployed through standalone applications, web services, and Docker containers. This system is deployed for use in the Department of Defense. The candidate will have a strong passion and background in software development and making quality production software at all stages of the software lifecycle.

This role will be embedded in ARA's Nuclear Environments and Systems Assessments (NESA) directorate. The project you will be working on integrates and exposes algorithms and prototypes to compute the societal impact of significant disruption events primarily in the Java and C++ programming languages. You will be responsible for securing, integrating, cross-compiling, and documenting these algorithms into production-ready Java code. We are looking for a strong engineer that is inspired to build solutions that support our nation’s military.

As a valued contributor to our project team, your responsibilities will include (1) defining incremental improvements to deploy our current weapon effects software architecture to technology readiness level (TRL) 8 (2) integrating, debugging, and documenting models written in many different languages into this software architecture in Windows and Linux test environments, and (3) resolving security-related and CVE defects in the architecture while deploying in a modern DevOps driven pipeline. Additionally, you will support cross-compilation efforts of Windows software into a Linux environment.

What you'll do as a Java II Software Engineer:
As a Java II Software Engineer, you will be part of an Agile team working on all aspects of software development including discovery, design, coding, unit testing, vulnerability scanning, and documentation. You will be focused on integrating new modeling and simulation (M&S) capabilities including physics-based models, code refactoring, and compiling code for Linux and Windows-based OS to achieve a high level of software robustness and stability. Also, you will work directly with our customers, external teams, and other ARA programs to cross-integrate capabilities.

Java II Software Engineer Requirements:
Due to the nature of work, qualified candidates must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.

Candidate requirements include experience in software development and programming in Java and C++ within Agile teams using Git, Eclipse, Visual Studio, and JIRA. Compiling and developing for Linux OS and generating CMake files for build scripts is also a requirement. Qualified candidates must have a strong understanding of Java. This position requires a BS in Computer Science or similar with a minimum of 2 years of work experience, or an MS degree.

Staff II Java and C++ Developer Preferences:
• Current active security clearance
• Experience with related DoD software systems and models
• Interest in data science, data analysis, data visualization, and mathematical algorithms
• Experience developing and deploying software to DoD IA requirements
• Knowledge of nuclear weapons effects and background in scientific programming
• Experience executing, debugging, and compiling verification and validation reports along with methodology reports for nuclear weapons effects models

About Us:
Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,200 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at

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Experience Required
• 2 year(s): Relevant Work Experience

Education Required
• Bachelors or better in Computer Science or related field

• Masters or better in Computer Science or related field

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)