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Digital Prospectors Distributed Systems Engineer in Lexington, Massachusetts

Distributed Systems Engineer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Peter Roos (

Phone: 603-772-2700

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Job Title: Distributed Systems Engineer

Location : Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

*Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain a Security Clearance for access to classified information. An Active Secret Clearance without incident is desired.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


Our client’s Energy Systems Group is designing an open architecture that will make the next generation of mobile and distributed power systems more agile, scalable, modular, efficient, and resilient.

The Group is in need of an Engineer to help design new components and interfaces for this power architecture. This engineer will help extend the architecture and communications data model to include new power technologies such as electric vehicles, cybersecurity, and high-power loads and to support new power use cases such as disaster response and highly mobile and distributed operations.

The hire will be a key contributor to a three-person internal team that collaborates with experts across the Laboratory and with multiple external organizations, working with engineers with diverse skillsets.

Position Scope/Job Functions

-- Domains: distributed systems architecture, digital communications and control

-- Design, prototype, and validate communications and behaviors for distributed power systems.

-- Support technology transfer and interact with engineers in other domains.

-- Participate in developing new designs and requirements that meet user needs.

-- Participate in defining, describing, and implementing program deliverables/functionalities.

-- Evaluate and propose use of distributed algorithms, mathematical models, and tools where applicable.

Skills: Required

-- Apply distributed system design practices and principles for distributed communications, consensus protocols, and/or emergent behavior of large-scale systems.

-- Design and validate communications data models.

-- Create and use models of distributed systems.

-- Develop solutions with minimal formal guidance or documentation.

-- Apply rigorous engineering design methods such as model-based design or formal methods.

-- Document and present designs for external collaborators to simulate or implement.

Skills: Preferred

-- Conversant in one or more engineering disciplines: cybersecurity, electrical, human factors, mechanical, and software.

-- Experience with OMG IDL or similar data modeling standards such as ASN.1, EBNF, Protobuf, UML, W3C OWL, WSDL, or XSD.

-- Experience with OMG DDS or similar communications frameworks such as CORBA, gRPC, Java JWS, REST, SOAP, Vanderbilt ACE, or ZeroMQ.

-- Experience with modeling tools such as Mathematica, Modelica, or Simulink.

-- Experience with the dynamics of distributed cyber-physical systems.

-- Verification and validation testing of communications interface specifications.

-- Experience with collaboration tools such as wikis, issue trackers, LaTeX, and Git.

-- Experience with software development; ability to read source code.

-- Conversant in network protocols, routing, and traffic capture.

Education/Professional Certifications

PhD plus 5 years minimum experience, or MS plus 8 years minimum experience.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING!

Make this your next career move as one of our many long-term contractors or employees!

Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.) - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is an award-winning recruiting and consulting firm that specializes in placing contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire engineers into rewarding opportunities with our impressive and ever-growing client base. We believe that all people should love their jobs.

Come see why Digital Prospectors has been voted “ Best Staffing Firm to Temp For ” by Staffing Industry Analysts, " Best of Staffing " for candidate satisfaction by Inavero /, " Top Temporary Placement Firm " by Boston Business Journal, " Best Company To Work For " by Business NH magazine, " Excellence in IT and Engineering Staffing ” by TechServe Alliance, " Top IT Services Company " by Inc. Magazine, " Most Reliable Staffing Agency " in Forbes Magazine and " Top Ranked Staffing Firm " by Staffing Industry Analysts.

Phone: 603-772-2700