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Insitu, Inc. | Hood River, OR
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Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

The Software Engineer - Payload Integration Architect will act as the primary engineer responsible for executing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) development of electro-optical and infra-red (EO/IR) full motion video integration and network architectures for small tactical systems. The ideal candidate will be a multi-disciplinary systems engineer with experience in Ethernet, digital communications, video recording, compression, transmission, distribution, display and hardware/software integration. Preference will be given to candidates comfortable working in diverse internal and supplier/partner teams and a fast-paced environment for new product development while also supporting fielded systems.

Typical duties and responsibilities span the breadth of system development, integration, test and certification and may include many of the following: Perform multi-discipline requirements definition, synthesis, analysis and allocation. Conduct requirements decomposition, develop functional/physical block diagrams and define interface requirements. Analyze vertical/horizontal requirements traceability. Define verification methodology and develops quality assurance provisions. Develop system architecture definition and decomposition. Perform functional analysis and allocation. Analyze use cases and define information exchanges. Define physical architecture and interfaces. Translate customer requirements, constraints, and operational expectations into product designs. Perform trade studies and evaluate alternatives. Respond to internal and customer-initiated requests for information regarding details of vision system performance, including NIIRS and Ground Resolve Distance (GRD) assessments using using Modtran, Zemax, video editing tools, and/or other appropriate tools. Evaluate payload integration options and propose payload architectures for new company efforts, including next-generation UAVs and UGVs. Conduct technical risk and opportunity analysis and develop mitigation and capture plans. Establish system configuration baseline. Perform systems modeling and system/subsystem integration. Develop test plans and procedures. Assess interface protocols and standards. Define instrumentation and data acquisition requirements. Execute integrated tests and test reporting. Analyzes and develops verification and validation results. Incorporate regulatory and certification standards and performs supportability analysis. Conducts software design reviews.

Knowledge - Skills & Abilities Required:

Experience with design and implementation of digital video standards (HD, H.262/MPEG-2, and H.264/MPEG-4) for recording, compression, transmission, distribution & display. Experience in the derivation of hardware & software component performance and interface requirements from system concepts/specifications. Familiarity with networking modeling and communication protocols, including TCP/IP transport and Internet layers (TCP/IP, UDP, IPv6) and streaming media. Familiarity with Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaisance mission performance capabilities, including, but not limited to: object tracking, moving target indication, geolocation, lasar marking, /designation, sensor fusion and cross-queuing. Experience developing and releasing technical documentation to satisfy contractual obligations.


This job is limited to employees who, in the performance of their assigned work, regularly apply engineering disciplines to the research, design, development, test, and evaluation of company products, facilities, or manufacturing process and have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree of Science from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. Typical experience: 9-13 years in an engineering classification with a Bachelor's degree or 7-11 years experience in an engineering classification with a Master's degree.

Other requirements and preferences:
Security clearance (SECRET) preferred
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) development experience preferred
Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) mission system experience preferred

Please Note:
Issuance of offer is contingent on program funding *.

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Founded in 1994, Insitu, Inc. is a pioneer developer of long-range, unmanned, autonomous aircraft. To measure in situ means to measure in place, and is frequently used in environmental resource monitoring. Today, Insitu continues to develop innovative unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aircraft (UA), ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) tools, communications relay technology, and meteorology and geophysical measurement tools for both commercial and military purposes. Practical applications of the technology include military reconnaissance, the creation of internet networks in remote areas, border patrol, coastal monitoring, anti-sniper systems, environmental monitoring, search and rescue, and disaster relief. Insitu prides itself on maintaining the agility and innovative problem-solving that have marked its short, but brilliant, history even as it grows to a 200+ employee, multi-facility operation. A timeline of some of our more outstanding achievements: 2007 June 7 Boeing Australia Limited is awarded an AUD$20 million contract to provide ScanEagle ISR services to the Australian Army in Afghanistan April Insitu reaches a record of 14,000 hours flown since the beginning of the year.