SOFTWARE DEVELOPER – University of Washington – Seattle, WA

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The Electronic and Photonic Systems team at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington is hiring – see yourself at APL!

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a research unit at the University of Washington. Our research expertise is in ocean physics and engineering, ocean and medical acoustics, polar science, environmental remote sensing, and signal processing. We conduct research and development that is sponsored by a variety of federal and state agencies, and take great pride in our long-standing status as a US Navy-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Our work takes place not only on the University of Washington campus and medical centers, but in field locations around the world – at sea, in the air, and on polar ice caps. We apply rigorous scientific inquiry and engineering excellence in pursuit of solutions to important problems for the good of our region, nation, and world.

Diversity is a core value at University of Washington and the Applied Physics Laboratory shares this commitment. We are focused on building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable research environment for all students, staff, and collaborators. We believe every member on our team enriches our community by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

In the Electronic and Photonic System (EPS) Department, engineers work on large scale, state-of-the-art research projects to advance important scientific inquiries made by sponsors ranging from the National Science Foundation to the United States Navy. The projects focus on cabled ocean systems requiring unique power and telemetry systems to support instrumentation hundreds of kilometers offshore connected in real time with transoceanic cable technology.

The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is hiring a Software Developer to work on mission critical – command and control software programs for a diverse set of customers and applications. The successful candidate will be part of an integrated engineering team that designs, builds, installs, operates and maintains state of the art cabled, real time, ocean-based data collection systems. The candidate will be responsible for all phases of the development and deployment of software systems used to configure and monitor the subsea components. The candidate will be responsible for analyzing requirements, presenting material at formal design reviews and documenting designed systems.

The successful candidate must be able to operate independently and will be responsible for all phases of software application development from requirements gathering, system definition, implementation, testing, releases and life cycle maintenance. The developed applications must be highly reliable such that at all times users have an accurate understanding of the system state and they have the ability to control the system in a clear and safe manner. A deep understanding of good user interface design and real time networking principals are critical to being successful in this position.


  • Proposes software architecture to meet requirements and presents to team members, sponsors and incorporates feedback.
  • Creates detailed software design including networking architecture, component breakdown, user interfaces, performance analysis and toolchains.
  • Creates and manages detailed development schedule and provides regular progress updates to management team.
  • Implements software design, providing incremental releases to the integration team to facilitate overall system testing.
  • Creates formal test reports and uses issue tracking system as part of the release process.
  • Performs formal release testing of full system functionality before releases are made to the customer in order to identify issues early before the system is fielded to operations.
  • Supports on-site customer installations at test facilities as well as operations center.
  • Provides technical support to customer during the testing and operation phases of the project.
  • Creates end user documentation of software applications.

    Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering or related engineering field AND 12 or more years of experience designing software applications.

  • US Citizen.
  • Eligible to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.
  • Proficient in user interface development.
  • Proficient in TCP/IP network interface programming.
  • Full understanding of multi-threaded programming techniques.
  • Solid software documentation and testing skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills, including:
  • o Documentation and configuration control.
    o Attention to detail – to ensure the system is operated at a high level of availability and in a reliable and consistent manner.
    o Communication skills – to support all members of the team on a daily basis and to be able to effectively work in high pressure situations dealing with operations or quickly troubleshooting systems in collaboration with all members of the diverse team.

  • Time management – to effectively prioritize diverse task list and operational needs of the team.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Current active DoD security clearance.
  • MS in Computer Engineering or related engineering field.
  • Excellent Java and Python programming skills.
  • Conversant with Subversion and GIT software revision control systems.
  • Experience with Eclipse for both development and debugging.
  • Experience with programming embedded systems in C.
  • Linux systems operation experience.
  • Experience with system and application performance monitoring tools.
  • Familiarity with Unix network configuration.
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    May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.

    To be eligible for this position, proof of US citizenship must be provided and you must be able to obtain or maintain a federal security clearance.

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