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Scientific Systems Company, Inc. Principal/Lead Software Engineer - Autonomy Products in Woburn, Massachusetts

SSCI is looking to fill Principal/Lead Software Engineer positions for software projects relating to autonomy for unmanned systems. These positions require U.S. Citizenship and a current U.S. Dept. of Defense Secret Security Clearance.

Scientific Systems Company, Inc. ( is a leading developer of advanced technologies for navigation, mission planning and autonomy for the Aerospace and Defense industries. Founded in 1990 and based in Woburn, MA, Scientific Systems Company Inc. (SSCI) invents disruptive technologies, develops revolutionary solutions, and builds trusted products for our customers’ most challenging missions. SSCI focuses on the creation of AI/ML enabled capabilities to command, control, communicate with, and manage composable collections of intelligent agents, smart sensors, and autonomous platforms across all domains.


  • Lead a software development team to design, implement, and test embedded multi-vehicle autonomy software systems utilizing AI, robot planning and optimization and machine learning algorithms.

  • Integrate autonomy software components and algorithms onto real-world unmanned aerial platforms

  • Develop competitive proposals and follow-on programs for acquisition and R&D customers, including AFLCMC, NAVAIR, DARPA, ONR, AFRL, and other government agencies and industry primes

  • Present technical results to internal and external customers


  • PhD or MS w/ 7+ years of relevant experience in software development of autonomy software systems, AI for robotics, machine learning, and/or robot planning/optimization techniques.

  • Mastery of C/C++

  • Proficiency with agile software development methodology as a scrum master

  • Experience with DevSecOps, software factories, and CI/CD pipelines

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Desired Skills

  • Experience implementing AI and/or Machine Learning algorithms on real-world robot or vehicle prototypes

  • Proficiency with standard libraries used for AI, robotics, computer vision, and/or machine learning (e.g., ROS, scikit, etc.), esp. defense industry standards (UCS, UCI, OMS, FACE)

  • Experience as an M&S developer, integrating software with AFSIM

  • Experience in Human Systems Integration (HSI), User Interfaces (UI), Multi-Vehicle Tasking, and/or Mission Planning for Unmanned Systems

  • Experience with systems/software engineering processes, including development tools, configuration management, SysML/UML, DevOps, and test/QA methods


Salary is competitive with market rates, with annual bonus awards based on company and individual performance. SSCI benefits package includes 401K, Health/Life/Disability Insurance.