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Sonar Systems Software Engineering Associate

University of Texas at Austin

Job detailsSalary$78,000 – $120,000 a yearJob TypeFull-timeLocation110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78712+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job descriptionHealth insurancePaid time offRetirement planFull Job DescriptionJob Posting Title:
Sonar Systems Software Engineering Associate

Hiring Department:
Applied Research Laboratories

Position Open To:
All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

FLSA Status:

Earliest Start Date:

Position Duration:
Expected to Continue


Job Details:

Research and development of software applications for sonar and underwater acoustics including algorithm design, implementation, verification, and performance analysis in the Advanced Technology Laboratory.


Design, implement and test real-time and data analysis software applications to support the development of high-frequency tactical sonar systems.

Work and communicate with a cross disciplinary team of engineers and scientists to meet project deadlines and milestones.

Integrate sonar software or hardware with other systems or platforms.

Profile or verification of signal processing or control algorithms and software applications.

Troubleshoot and debug issues observed in ARL developed sonar systems.

Document and present work performed.

Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field.

Strong analytical and problem-solving capability.

Demonstrated ability programming in the C++ programming language.

Thorough understanding of object-oriented programming concepts, data structures/design patterns/algorithm performance analysis.

Must possess basic understanding of Linux operating systems and administration.

Strong communication skills and readiness to work with team leads to ensure technical execution matches design goals.

Capability to work under pressure in a dynamic environment with evolving project requirements and deadlines.

Aptitude and willingness to continually learn new technologies and apply new skills.

Applicant must have a dynamic skill set, willing to work with new technologies, be highly organized and capable of planning and coordinating multiple tasks and managing their time. The position will require attention to detail, effective problem solving skills and excellent judgment. Ability to work independently with sensitive and confidential information, maintain a professional demeanor, work as a team member without daily supervision and effectively communicate with diverse groups of clients. Able to work under pressure and accept supervision. Regular and punctual attendance.

US Citizen. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

At least 2 years of professional experience programming in the C++ programming language.

Demonstrated technical proficiency in developing multi-threaded, multi-process, multi-machine computational software applications in a Linux environment.

Experience with open-source build tools such as cmake.

Experience utilizing common application debugging and performance profiling tools.

Understanding of common network protocols such as TCP/IP.

Familiarity with interpreted scripting languages such as Python or Bash.

Knowledge of database concepts and/or familiarity with SQL.

Exposure to geospatial analysis and GIS concepts.

Exposure to radar or underwater acoustic theory and common digital signal processing techniques.

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

General Notes

An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the United States, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.

Please mark “yes” on the application question that asks if additional materials are required. Failure to attach all additional materials listed below may result in a delay in application processing.

Visit our website ( for additional information about Applied Research Laboratories.

UT Austin offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

100% employer-paid basic medical coverage
Retirement contributions
Paid vacation and sick time
Paid holidays
Please visit our Human Resources (HR) website to learn more about the total benefits offered.

Salary Range

$78,000-$120,000+/negotiable depending on qualifications.

Working Conditions

Standard office conditions

Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Use of manual dexterity

Possible weekend, evening and holiday work

Possible interstate/intrastate travel

Required Materials


3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

Letter of interest

Unofficial college transcript.

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

Employment Eligibility:
Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Transparency:
The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information.

Employment Eligibility Verification:
If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The universitys company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197.Health insuranceHiring InsightsJob activityPosted 30+ days ago

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