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Senior Software Engineer-2014457 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

What We Do:

At the SEI Emerging Technology Center, we describe our work as “making the recently possible mission-practical.” We help our government customers stay at the leading edge of technology by identifying, demonstrating, extending, and applying emerging software technologies to solve real government problems. We currently work in the fields of human-machine interaction, applied artificial intelligence and machine learning, and advanced computing—areas that are changing and progressing rapidly. As we show our customers how new technologies can improve their mission capabilities through rapid prototyping and iterative development, we both rely on and shape academic and industrial research.

Are you creative, curious, energetic, collaborative, technology-focused, and hard-working? Are you interested in making a difference by bringing innovation to government organizations and beyond? Apply to join our team.

Position Summary:

As a senior software developer on our team, you will lead projects and/or teams of other developers, analysts, and researchers to apply software research and leading-edge technologies to important and challenging government problems and needs.


  • BS in Computer Science or related discipline with ten (10) years of experience in hands-on software development; OR MS in the same fields with eight (8) years of experience; OR PhD with five (5) years of experience
  • Flexible to travel to other SEI offices in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion. Moderate travel (25%) outside of your home location.
  • You will be subject to a background investigation and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.


  • Build and demonstrate: You'll design and develop software solutions that provide needed capabilities to the government, building on state-of-the-art research in data analytics, information architectures, machine learning, artificial intelligence, software architectures, and human-machine interaction. You'll support software development infrastructure and assist in building and configuring computing systems and resources. You'll build and demonstrate interactive prototypes.
  • Test and evaluate: You'll conduct rapid software prototyping to demonstrate and evaluate technologies in relevant environments. You'll evaluate systems for performance and security. You'll test software capabilities using novel testing and analysis techniques.
  • Collaborate: You'll actively participate on teams of developers, researchers, designers, and technical leads. You'll collaborate with researchers and our government customers to understand challenges, needs, and possible solutions. You'll contribute to improving the overall technical capabilities of the Center by mentoring and teaching others, participating in design (software and otherwise) sessions, and sharing insights and wisdom across the SEI Emerging Technology Center team.
  • Programming: You'll have the chance to work with modern languages such as Java, Python, and C/C++; large-scale data frameworks such as Tensorflow, Spark, Keras, and Hadoop; and web frameworks like node.js and D3.js.
  • Technical Experimentation: You'll experiment with emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, computer vision, and deep learning.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Communication and Collaboration: You have strong written and verbal communication skills and can interact collaboratively and diplomatically with customers and colleagues. You grasp the big picture, direction, and goals of an effort while focusing great attention to detail. You can present complex ideas to people who may not have a deep understanding of the subject area.
  • Systems Thinking: You have the ability to grasp the big picture of systems and domains as well as strong reasoning skills and the ability to balance complex sets of tradespaces.
  • Dedication: You can meet deadlines while multi-tasking–sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities.
  • Creativity and Innovation: You are creative and curious, and you are inspired by the prospect of collaborating with premier researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and other universities and organizations. You quickly learn new procedures, techniques, and approaches.
  • Knowledge and Learning: You possess broad technical experience and interest in computer science and applied technology such as human-computer interaction, data analytics and machine learning, advanced computing, and autonomy and adaptive systems.

Desired Experience:

  • Technical Leadership: You have experience building, leading, managing, and participating on high-performing high-technology teams for a variety of projects.
  • Software Engineering Process: You have experience with a variety of modern software engineering processes from across the entire lifecycle. You understand how and when to use them and how to tailor them for dynamic environments.
  • Project Management: You have demonstrated your ability to establish and maintain relationships with customers, develop proposals, track work, manage risks, plan project staffing, and maintain a budget.
  • Technical Pragmatism: While holding the big picture in mind you can predict the realities of how the project will manifest technically and can make recommendations and decisions.
  • Technical Teamwork: You have experience participating on high-technology teams for a variety of projects, including open-source development projects.
  • Knowledge of Department of Defense and Intelligence Community: You are familiar with DoD or Intelligence Community software systems acquisition practices.

More Information

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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