Digital Prospectors C++ Software Programmer in Lexington, Massachusetts

C++ Software Programmer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Michaella Walsh at

Phone: 603-772-2700

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Job Title: C++ Software Programmer

Location : Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain a Security Clearance for access to classified information. An Active Secret Clearance is desired.


The Tactical Defense Systems Group works on air defense issues, in particular air vehicle survivability, vulnerability of United States Air Force aircraft to weapons systems, electronic countermeasures, and air surveillance for homeland defense. In support of these efforts, the Group maintains, operates and develops a variety of software for interfacing with hardware, data acquisition, real-time signal processing, and visualization of data collected from sensors that run on the group’s testbed aircraft and ground systems. The Group requires two (2) full time Software Programmers to assist with development, support and upgrades to the software systems running on our testbeds.

Position Scope/Job Functions

The operational airborne prototype system consists of a high-speed data network architecture with features controlled by a remote operator. Laboratory technical staff will design the software architecture for the system with input from the candidate, as well as provide algorithms for signal processing. The candidate will work as a member of a team that performs the coding, development, implementation, integration, and testing of the system. The candidate will be involved in several aspects of development: coding the back-end network architecture, implementing and optimizing signal-processing algorithms for real-time operation, integrating hardware or third-party software, creating user interfaces and operator displays, and developing testing and analysis tools. The candidate must be experienced in software design, development, integration, testing, documentation, and system maintenance. Work will be executed primarily in C or C++ in a primarily Linux environment using open source and custom software stacks.

Skills: Required

Candidate must have expertise with C++ development, object-oriented design, and common design patterns.

  • Experience developing distributed systems and/or network architectures

  • Experience in applying skills in innovative, cutting-edge software applications

  • Experience developing in a Linux environment such as Ubuntu, Red Hat, etc.

  • Experience with modern development tools such as git, GitHub, CMake, etc.

  • Experience with standard C++ development libraries such as STL, Boost, etc.

  • Capability of scripting with Unix shell, Python, Perl, etc.

  • Work well in a fast-moving, multidisciplinary, small team environment

  • Knowledge of full software lifecycle automation and testing tools in a DevOps environment

  • Experience with high-performance multi-threaded applications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of software programming challenge

  • Familiarity with C++11 and later C++ standards

  • Experience with DDS or other publish subscribe methodologies

  • Experience developing GUIs or other user interfaces/displays, ideally Qt

  • Avionics experience

  • Familiarity with MATLAB is a plus

  • Domain-specific knowledge in sensors and signal processing is a plus

Prior to an in-person interview, the selected candidate(s) will have the opportunity to demonstrate their coding skillset by completing a software programming challenge designed by Laboratory staff to represent a basic subset of the group’s core software development.

Education/Professional Certifications/Substituting Off-Set

MS plus 3 years minimum experience, or BS plus 5 years minimum experience

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes providing equal employment opportunity for all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING!

Make this your next career move as one of our many long-term contractors or employees!

Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.) - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


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