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Senior Software Engineer

Applied Research Associates, Inc. has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Senior Software Engineer who will support our growing business in modeling and simulation of physical phenomena within a 3D geometric modeling environment that is linked to a geographic information system (GIS). We apply traditional physical modeling approaches as well as deep learning and computer vision techniques to solve critical problems. As a member of our diverse multidisciplinary team, you will be responsible for developing software tools that strengthen our national security.

Experience & Skills Requirements:
Senior Software Engineer Minimum Qualifications:
• The nature of work (i.e. interactions with the intelligence community and DoD programs) requires eligibility to apply for and hold a US security clearance; selected applicants will undergo a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements at the time of employment
• BS in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or a related field or or currently enrolled in an BS degree program with completion within a year along with at least 7 years of relevant work experience OR MS with 5-7 years OR Ph.D. with 3-5 years
• Strong high-level language (e.g. C++, Python, Java, etc.) programming skills
• A desire to work in a dynamic team environment

Senior Software Engineer Preferred Qualifications:
Above all, we value passion, a desire to learn, and teamwork. We are confident that if you possess the right attitude, work ethic, and skill set, that you will succeed in the role. In addition to the experience and skills above, if you have any of the following, you will be able to accelerate your effectiveness and impact.
• Experience with Modern C++ (14/17/20) and modern static analysis tools
• Experience with Qt
• Familiarity with the CMake build system
• Expertise in Continuous Integration pipeline development and maintenance
• Expertise in DoD modeling and simulation technology
• Ability to communicate effectively through verbal and written mediums with technical and non-technical audiences

Senior Software Engineer Description:
You will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and computer scientists developing simulation tool technologies to support real-world planning operations for the Department of Defense. You’ll become familiar with unique research areas such as weapons effects, weaponeering, and anti-terrorism tactics. As a research and development program, the nature of our work varies from month to month and year to year: You will be continuously challenged to learn and grow expertise in new areas.

Our technology stack evolves over the years, but the main skills we use today include modern C++, Qt, OpenSceneGraph, CMake, and Python. Our ecosystem of tools includes Git, Microsoft Visual Studio, Atlassian tools (i.e. JIRA, Bitbucket, and Confluence), and TeamCity. At the end of the day, we try to find the best way to deliver useful products to our end users. The teams retain a mindset that is open to change and improvement.

The most successful candidates have a strong background in computer science, with experience in software architecture, algorithms, data structures, design patterns, API design, UX design, and/or test-driven development. They have a desire to continue expanding their knowledge. Additional expertise in science and engineering disciplines is also valued. If this describes you, please apply!

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:

• 7 year(s): Relevant Work Experience

• 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)