Senior Software Engineer/Computer Scientist, C++, AI/Autonomy Solutions for Aviation and Space Explo

Nesco Resource
November 13, 2021
Mountain View, CA
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The Planning and Scheduling Group at NASA Ames Research Center develops cutting-edge AI and autonomy solutions for aviation and space exploration. We seek a software engineer/computer scientist to focus on plan execution technologies.

The initial role centers around an open-source plan representation language and execution system called PLEXIL ( The Planning and Scheduling Group is building automated and autonomous systems for NASA applications on a variety of platforms using PLEXIL. The successful candidate will work independently and with project teams to deliver these capabilities.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Integration of the PLEXIL Executive into flight software frameworks such as Core Flight Software
  • Development of PLEXIL plans for space and aviation applications
  • Integration of PLEXIL with autonomy planners and schedulers
  • Evolution of the PLEXIL language
  • Maintenance, development, extension, and documentation of the PLEXIL suite: Executive, compilers, translators, visualization tools, etc.
  • Exploration and research of new or alternative technologies for plan execution and high- level autonomy relevant to NASA missions

    Required Education, Experience, & Skills:

  • BS in Computer Science or a related field
  • 6 + years of professional software development experience
  • Expertise in C++ programming and object-oriented design and patterns
  • Strong aptitude in software development life cycle, including testing and documentation
  • Must be able to work independently and take full ownership of a project
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    Desirable qualifications:

  • MS in Computer Science or related field
  • Prior experience with Core Flight Software (cFS) development and integration
  • Experience in robotics, autonomy/automation, aerospace, programming language design and implementation, AI
  • Knowledge of discrete control, reactive systems, automated planning and scheduling, formal methods
  • Experience developing portable C++ code for delivery on multiple platforms
  • Working knowledge of C++ language standards
  • Experience developing cross-platform build scripts with CMake, GNU autotools, and/or GNU make
  • Experience with additional programming languages: Shell scripting, Java, Python, XSLT
  • Experience developing real time OS applications
  • Experience with modern software management tools, e.g. the Atlassian suite (Jira, Bitbucket, Confluence, Bamboo)
  • Experience with Agile software development methodologies

    Nesco Resource and affiliates (Lehigh G.I.T Inc, and Callos Resource, LLC) is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics with respect to employment opportunities.

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