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Junior Software Engineer

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is seeking a highly qualified Junior Software Engineer to develop advanced algorithms for the Intelligence and Defense communities. The engineer will join a collaborative team of engineers and scientists developing physics-based modeling and simulation software.

If you want to accelerate your career growth and are passionate about applying your expertise to solve problems of national importance, then we have the job you are looking for! You will be able to achieve your personal and professional goals in a stable environment that emphasizes and rewards the entrepreneurial spirit.

Junior Software Engineer Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate will actively be interested in applying math/statistics/engineering concepts to solve multi-disciplinary problems. The candidate should be familiar with improving/optimizing/tuning existing algorithms as well as developing new algorithms from scratch. This will include software design, software development, and debugging / issue resolution. Candidates will have the opportunity to work on full-stack applications, focusing on the areas that interest them. The candidate should demonstrate a hands-on approach to problem-solving and must be willing to participate in the evaluation of algorithm and system performance actively.

Scientists/engineers who are passionate about applying their expertise to solve problems of national importance, have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and seek opportunities for personal and professional growth in a stable environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Junior Software Engineer Qualifications:
• US Citizenship (Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information) 
• BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a closely related field along with 0-2 years of relevant work experience OR MS degree OR PhD 
• Experience with at least one modern software development ecosystem (Python, Java, C++, JavaScript) and interest in learning others
• Team player with excellent communication skills

Junior Software Engineer Additional Desirable Qualifications:
• Prior/existing security clearance
• Strong mathematical foundation and algorithm development skills 
• Ability and desire to quickly learn new domains
• Experience with one of the following and interest in learning another: web frameworks (i.e. Django), front-end development (i.e. React), cloud technologies (i.e. Docker, Kubernetes), and/or native M&S development
• Experience working on Intelligence and DoD programs 

About Us:
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software, and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

To find out more about the Software Enterprise Division visit our website at: 

• Less than 2 year(s): Relevant Work Experience

• Bachelors 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)