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Digital Prospectors System Development Software Engineer in Westford, Massachusetts

System Development Software Engineer

Westford, MA

Job Type: Contract

Recruiter: Steve Merriman at

Phone: 603.637.4084

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Job Title: System Development Software Engineer

Location : Westford, 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 Space Systems Analysis & Test Group identifies and evaluates threats to U.S. use of space for military, intelligence, civil, and commercial purposes. In addition, the Group investigates and develops techniques to specify and mitigate space environment effects on command, control, communication and intelligence systems. The Group is working to develop an advanced optical space surveillance network to support critical national needs, and is in need of a system development software engineer to lead the development of a distributed space surveillance telescope network.

Position Scope/Job Functions

Work will involve participating in the design, planning, development, implementation, and testing of real-time and near-real-time system software that support national-level data collection campaigns for the Department of Defense.

Skills: Required

  • The candidate must have experience leading clean-sheet architecture and development of complex systems software from high-level requirements.

  • The candidate must have experience in developing REST web services in Python and/or C++.

  • The candidate must have experience with programming user applications on Linux and Windows.

  • The candidate should be familiar with simple image processing techniques.

  • The candidate must be motivated and capable of working with little management direction.

  • The candidate must possess strong communications skills and be able to report results effectively.

Skills: Preferred

  • Familiarity with control theory, astrodynamics, image processing and/or detection theory are desired but not required.

  • Experience with agile software engineering methodology, such as scrum.

  • Knowledge of MATLAB would be helpful.

  • Experience with containerization technology, such as docker would be highly beneficial

Education/Professional Certifications

PhD plus five (5) years minimum relevant experience, or MS plus eight (8) years minimum relevant 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.

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Phone: 603-772-2700