Lead Software Engineer, Autonomous Vehicles

Scientific Systems Company, Inc.

Scientific Systems Products Division is looking to fill a Lead Software Engineer position in the domain of Autonomous Vehicles and Uncrewed Systems. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing software for advanced AI/ML programs relating to multi-vehicle autonomous flight systems and crewed-uncrewed collaboration.

Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (www.ssci.com) is a leading developer of advanced technologies for navigation, mission planning and autonomy for the Aerospace and Defense industries. Founded in 1990 and based in Woburn, MA, Scientific Systems Company Inc. (SSCI) invents disruptive technologies, develops revolutionary solutions, and builds trusted products for our customer’s most challenging missions. SSCI focuses on the creation of AI/ML enabled capabilities to command, control, communicate with, and manage composable collections of intelligent agents, smart sensors, and autonomous platforms across all domains.

*This position requires an Active DoD Security Clearance SECRET (or above)


  • Must have an active SECRET clearance or higher.
  • 8+ years of experience and Master’s degree (or higher) in Computer Science or relevant engineering discipline
  • 8-12 years of industry experience (DoD strongly preferred), including as a software team lead for software development/R&D of AI for Robotics, Machine Learning, Robot Planning/Optimization Techniques, and/or Autonomous Uncrewed Systems Software
  • Experience using C/C++, Python and (desired) relevant memory-safe languages. Familiarity with Linux-based development environments highly desired.
  • Experience designing software architecture for complex software systems, and integrate with DoD-standard architectures and interfaces.
  • Experience leading a team of developers to build modular, reusable software with deployment-ready production values.
  • Experience with modern software development tool chains and processes (Agile, git/Gitlab/Github, Confluence/Jira, CI/CD and automated test methodologies, etc.)
  • Experience with DoD or other common robotics and datalink architecture standards (especially OMS and AFSIM, but also FACE, DDS, ROS, STANAG 4586, J-Series, etc.)


Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with AI robotic navigation and decision algorithms – path planning (A*, RRT), schedule optimization (Simulated Annealing, Genetic Algorithms, Tabu Search), distributed coordination algorithms.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate orally and possess technical writing skills


Salary is competitive with market rates, with annual bonus awards based on company and individual performance. SSCI benefits package includes 401K and Health/Life/Disability Insurance.

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