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Principal Software Engineering Lead
Title:Principal Software Engineering Lead
Department:Information Technology
Location:Greenbelt, MD

Principal Software Engineering Lead

PRT Greenbelt, Maryland

Job Title: Principal Software Engineering Lead


Job Description

Pearl River Technologies is seeking a full-time senior software developer with the desire to lead projects and manage development teams of 4-6 individuals within NASA’s Flight Dynamics Facility (FDF), a real-time mission control center that supports more than half of NASA’s spacecraft and many civilian satellites. As such, the lead will be responsible for the development of real-time solutions that directly affect current and future space missions such as James Webb Space Telescope, the premier observatory of the next decade.


60% software leadership, 40% hands-on development

Specific areas of support will include:

  • Leading small to mid-size software development teams through an Agile software development lifecycle

  • Providing technical mentorship and in-house training to software development staff of all skill levels

  • Identifying new software methods and opportunities from public, private, academia and industry practices to improve FDF software and architecture
  • Developing, coding, testing, and troubleshooting software on a real-time operational system with a focus on quality, performance, scalability, and maintainability while mentoring others to do the same
  • Preparing for and presenting to stakeholders at engineering milestone reviews for approval
  • Ensuring adherence to configuration management policies and procedures

US citizenship required / EEO/AA / E-Verify Participation.

Skill Requirements

  • Track record of building, developing, and leading development teams through mid-size software projects using an Agile approach; may request supporting artifacts
  • Demonstrated ability and passion to motivate, mentor, and lead software developers of all skill levels
  • Expert Server-side development skills using C/C++, C# and/or Java (excluding web development)
  • Must have delivered complete software products; may request supporting artifacts
  • Understanding of development within a service-oriented architecture (SOA)

  • Experience in design and implementation of MVC architectures with client/server environments

  • Experience with scalable cloud services (AWS, EC2, Azure, Heroku, etc.)


Desired Skills

  • Familiarity with scripting languages such as Python or Perl
  • Familiarity with at least one Web Stack framework such as Angular, ReactJS, or Django
  • Familiarity with the Atlassian tool suite including JIRA, Confluence & Bitbucket


Required Experience

7-12 years’ professional experience in software development, with ever-increasing responsibilities including leading a software team and/or project.

Required Degree

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related degree from a recognized institution.

Job Location

Greenbelt, MD (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Security Clearance Requirements

A security clearance is not required at time of hire, though must qualify for a clearance at a later date. As such, applicants will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements (including US Citizenship) for access to classified information.

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