Senior DevOps Software Engineer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract | Recruiter: Steve Merriman | Phone: 603.637.4084

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Job Title: DevOps Software Engineer

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 without incident is desired.


Our client’s Control and Autonomous Systems Engineering Group develops software and algorithms enabling unmanned air, ground, and maritime vehicles to operate in complex environments with reduced levels of human control and supervision. The Group is in need of an Engineer to architect, establish, and maintain software engineering infrastructure supporting autonomous systems development efforts.

Position Scope/Job Functions

-- Domains: Software development infrastructure; DevOps; continuous integration and testing; automation; unit testing; packaging; infrastructure as code; release engineering; virtualization and containerization; simulation-in-the-loop; robotics.

-- Own (architect, design, build, and manage) a platform of systems and tools facilitating effective, high quality, and distributed development of robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems software and algorithms. Platform components include continuous integration and test, simulation-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop testing, software packaging, virtual and container-based deployment.

-- Work with robotics developers and project management to analyze recurring software engineering challenges, identify opportunities for process improvements, and create plans to realize solutions.

-- Produce documentation and tutorials supporting developer on-ramping and use of best practices.


Skills: Required

-- Experience architecting, designing, and implementing software development infrastructure with significant responsibility for the success of the DevOps platform.

-- Ability to effectively communicate the elements and attributes of a design, approach, or decision at a high-level in written, verbal, and presentation formats.

-- Ability to work effectively in a collaborative small-team environment.

-- Broad and comprehensive knowledge of established and emerging automated build, continuous integration and test, infrastructure as code, deployment, and other SDLC tools.

-- In-depth experience using and customizing the Atlassian suite of tools (Jira, Bitbucket, Confluence) and the Jenkins automation server.

-- Strong experience with compiled / systems software development in the Linux operating system. Proficient with Linux system administration.

-- Software skills (required): Git, Jira, Bitbucket, Jenkins


Skills: Preferred

-- Experience building DevOps solutions for embedded, robotic, or autonomous systems.

-- Experience with the Government?s DI2E Developer Collaboration Tools.

-- Knowledge of software quality assurance tools and techniques such as static code analysis and fuzz testing.

-- Experience with the Robot Operating System (ROS) and ROS Version 2 (ROS2) build systems (catkin, ament, colcon).

-- Experience integrating visual or physics-based software simulation systems, such as Gazebo, Unity3D, AirSim, or OpenAI Gym, with continuous integration and test frameworks.

-- Knowledge of cyber security considerations relevant to DevOps.

-- Experience building systems on commercial cloud providers with AWS GovCloud preferred.

-- Familiarity with agile development practices

-- Proficiency with automation tools for provisioning and configuration, such as Ansible.

-- Software skills (preferred): ROS, Github, CMake, gcc, Python, Ansible, Docker


Education/Professional Certifications

PhD plus 5 years minimum experience, or MS plus 8 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.


Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is an award-winning recruiting and consulting firm that specializes in placing contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire engineers into rewarding opportunities with our impressive and ever-growing client base. We believe that all people should love their jobs.

Come see why Digital Prospectors has been voted “Best Staffing Firm to Temp For” by Staffing Industry Analysts, "Best of Staffing" for candidate satisfaction by Inavero /, "Top Temporary Placement Firm" by Boston Business Journal, "Best Company To Work For" by Business NH magazine, "Excellence in IT and Engineering Staffing” by TechServe Alliance, "Top IT Services Company" by Inc. Magazine, "Most Reliable Staffing Agency" in Forbes Magazine and "Top Ranked Staffing Firm" by Staffing Industry Analysts.

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