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Raytheon Company | Chesapeake, Virginia
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Requisition ID 148908BR
Date updated 09/20/2019
CE41 Principal Software Engineer

One global team creating trusted, innovative solutions to make the world a safer place…
Raytheon offers an innovative and inclusive culture; welcoming diversity and collaboration and providing numerous opportunities for career growth.

We are currently hiring a Principal Software Engineer to join the Relocatable-Over-The-Horizon Radar (ROTHR) team in Chesapeake, VA.

ROTHR is an established program with a broad variety of complex sub-systems and technologies that range from mainframes, Windows client/server, and Linux clusters, to embedded Linux with custom FPGA processing. ROTHR is part of the Missile Defense and Surveillance Systems Engineering team within Raytheon IDS. As a member of the team, the Principal Software Engineer will provide support and ongoing enhancements to operational high-frequency surveillance radars located in Virginia, Texas, and Puerto Rico.

The Principal Software Engineer role will encompass, to varying degrees, all phases of the software engineering life cycle. The Principal Software Engineer will work as both an individual contributor and team member using Agile development practices. A willingness and desire to work across engineering domains, the ability to learn new skills, and quickly adapt to changing environments is necessary.

Software development is primarily in the C/C++ languages. Some software tasks may involve LabVIEW and OpenVMS FORTRAN. Git and GitLab are used for version control. Cross-domain engineering tasks may consist of VHDL and Verilog FPGA development using Xilinx FPGA development tools. These hardware-domain tasks require the use of common digital and analog test equipment such as logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers.

The Principal Software Engineer will support software installations, upgrades, and testing at each of the radar sites, therefore, occasional short-term travel may be required. The Principal Software Engineer will utilize excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills in order to successfully interface with engineering team members, site technicians, operations personnel, management, and internal and external customers.

Except in rare circumstances, U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a U.S security clearance within one year from date of hire.

Must be able to obtain access to U.S. DoD installations.

Required Skills/Experience:
•Ability to obtain access to U.S. DoD installations
•8 years of professional software engineering
•2 years of professional C/C++ software programming
•Software development in both Windows and Linux environments
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Ability to obtain U.S. security clearance. Except in rare circumstances, only U.S. citizens are able to obtain a security clearance.

Required Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Software Engineering, or related STEM field.

Desired Skills/Experience:
•Recent or current active U.S. security clearance
•Radar and digital signal processing techniques
•Developing software utilizing the Eclipse environment
•Real-time multi-threaded software development
•Data analysis using MATLAB or Octave
•Software development experience using LabVIEW
•VHDL and Verilog languages and FPGA development
•Xilinx FPGA development tools
•Familiarity with laboratory-grade digital and analog test equipment
•Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Software Engineering, or related STEM field

KEYWORDS: c, c++, software engineering, windows, linux, radar, signal processing, software, systems, eclipse, developing, developer, git, gitlab, open vms fortran, matlab, octave, labview, fpga, vhdl, Verilog, digital, analog, test, Xilinx, analyzers, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers

At Raytheon, we innovate to create solutions and solve complex challenges across all domains: from land and sea to air, space, and cyberspace. In doing so, we embrace the talent, expertise and perspectives of our diverse workforce, each bringing their skills, ideas and dedication to the work we do. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our customers, industry partners and our teammates, making a positive impact not only to our business, but also in our communities where we live and work. Our constant innovation is made possible by a strong culture, investing in our people, and an unwavering vision that’s shared by Raytheon employees across the globe – a vision of one global team creating trusted, innovative solutions to make the world a safer place.

Raytheon has been recognized as a respected employer and valued corporate citizen for our employment practices, programs and community support by a number of highly-regarded organizations. The list includes: Forbes, Glassdoor, National Veterans Small Business Association, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, Environmental Protection Agency, Affinity Inc. and many more.

What We Offer: Whether you’re just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, Raytheon offers a robust total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the superior benefits Raytheon offers include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.

Find out why Forbes ranks us among the top 500 of America’s Best Employers by visiting us online at

Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


About Raytheon Company

Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services

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