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Software Engineer II - UAS Traffic Management
Title:Software Engineer II - UAS Traffic Management
Department:Information Technology
City:Mountain View
Work Location: NASA Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
Minimum Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Clearance: US Government


How will the burgeoning UAS industry’s small drones (unpiloted aircraft systems - UAS) be able to fly in their airspace safely? How will they avoid hazards including buildings, highly localized weather conditions, and other nearby UAS? How will they fly safely in an urban environment? NASA is developing an air traffic management system specifically to address this dynamic problem for small UAS flying at low altitudes. The UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project, led by NASA Ames Research Center, has been underway for 3+ years and has produced prototype software that has been extensively tested with participating UAS operators at FAA UAS Test Sites across the country. Development is expanding – this is an unusual opportunity for a systems engineer with well-rounded skills to support one of the most rapidly advancing and publicly visible aviation technologies, one that is likely to form the basis of safe and efficient small UAS deployment throughout the country.
You will work on site at NASA Ames Research Center, in the Aviation Systems Division’s UTM team. A major goal of this project is to research, develop, and demonstrate a safe flight environment for small UAS by approving only those flight plans that do not conflict with other UAS flight plans in this airspace, and that do not create other hazards. The UTM project has numerous collaborators from government agencies, vendors of UAS and UAS-based services, and universities pursuing related research. UTM technology transfer is underway to the FAA.
On this project you will work directly with NASA and contractor researchers and developers to provide technical communications and support for NASA’s collaborations with the FAA, NASA partners, and other organizations in the UTM ecosphere. This work will include maintaining documents and data in the Atlassian stack (Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket), performing data analysis, monitoring flight test operations (both remotely from facilities at NASA Ames Research Center.

Education:  BS in Computer Science or Related Field (MS Preferred)
Year(s) of Experience: 3 - 5 years

Required Skills and Traits

  • Must be detail-oriented and able to organize information on Confluence, track actions on Jira, and manage code and code review process using Bitbucket
  • Exposure to dev-ops and/or willingness to learn (Jenkins, Ansible)
  • Experience (management or development) in cloud (prefer AWS) environment and/or willingness to learn such software as needed.
  • S/W experience with an emphasis on restful API development and test-driven development in any of the following languages: java, php, python, scala, C++
  • Data analysis experience using Matlab (or equivalent) and SQL
  • Ability to process, synthesize, and plot data
  • Excellent verbal communications skills - ability to communicate with stakeholders (UTM test sites and partners) about technical and process questions regarding UTM ConOps
  • Ability to work independently, identify and communicate with experts in various areas of UTM development
  • Ability to assist organizing and running meetings using virtual meeting tools.
Other Desired Skills

  • Experience participating in or observing aircraft or robotics field tests
  • Familiarity with Agile Software Development
  • Interest and experience with UAS, such as holding a Part 107 Remote Pilot License and having flown rotorcraft UAS (however, in this position you will not be piloting UAS)
  • Knowledge/experience with UTM
QTS, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates are considered regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, disability or military status.
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