Software Engineer

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United States of America
US - VA, Herndon
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Information Technology
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When it comes to what you want in your career, if you can imagine it, you can do it at Parsons.  Imagine a career working with intelligent, diverse people sharing a common quest. Imagine a workplace where you can be yourself. Where you can thrive. Where you can find your next, right now. We’ve got what you’re looking for.

Job Description:

Parsons is looking for an amazingly talented Software Engineer to join our team! Qualified candidates will have mid-level (5-7 years) experience with full life-cycle software design, development, implementation, and verification and testing.

The ideal candidate would be a dedicated technical professional with some level of experience in or knowledge of the following areas:

  • Working with Linux computing environments, common databasing schemes, networking practices, messaging formats and strategies, and programming in multiple software languages, such as C/C++, Java, JavaScript, and Python.
  • Supporting programs employing modern software development and test approaches and methods to include, but not necessarily be limited to, agile development, waterfall, prototyping, iterative and incremental development, spiral development, rapid application development, and ability to apply to quick-reaction capability (QRC) development efforts
  • Supporting full software lifecycle projects, including requirements definition, design, software development, implementation, and test & verification as related to programs supporting the U.S. Government
  • Developing software and algorithms, machine-learning algorithms, or artificial intelligence techniques and applying them to digital RF signal processing, RF engineering or spectrum theory, communication systems, electronic warfare, SIGINT processing, or related areas is also a plus
  • Implementing basic software/application security, information assurance, confidentiality, integrity, and availability requirements (and associated compliance regimes) for software to be delivered to the U.S. Government in support of real-world mission requirements.
  • Comfortable taking direction from more senior developers and working with minimal management oversight in small multi-disciplinary teams striving to achieve specific goals in mission-relevant timelines for the U.S. Government.

Desired technical qualifications for the position include:

  • Working experience with Unix/Linux programming environments and junior- to mid-level proficiency in multiple software languages, such as Java, C/C++, and Python.
  • Knowledge of industry-standard databases such as PostgreSQL
  • Knowledge of common messaging formats such as Google Protocol Buffer and JSON and messaging brokers such as ActiveMQ and ZMQ
  • Experience using JavaScript Libraries such as Bokeh.js and Leaflet.js
  • Basic USRP knowledge
  • Familiarity with build tools such as Gradle and/or Maven
  • Comfortable with git and git branching/code review models.
  • Comfortable with web servlets, web sockets, and web servers (ie: Glassfish)
  • Familiarity with the development of U.S. Government statements of work, work breakdown structures, performance work plans, and related contract technical scope documents for software development efforts.
  • Experience supporting software development efforts for U.S. Government clients and demonstrated performance as a developer within multi-disciplinary teams
  • Sound problem-solving, verbal and written communication, and organizational skills. Must have experience with Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Project).
  • Must be a self-starter and have a willingness to work with others to conceptualize and develop innovative solutions to complex software challenges
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and a willingness to participate in and lead multi-disciplinary lead teams of diverse professionals

Additional sought-after qualifications or knowledge useful to the position:

  • Knowledge of software and algorithm development, machine-learning algorithm development, or artificial intelligence techniques applied to digital RF signal processing, RF engineering or spectrum theory, communication systems, electronic warfare, SIGINT processing, or related areas.

Minimum administrative requirements for the position include:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field such as computer science electrical engineering, computer engineering, software engineering, applied mathematics, or other relevant area, or demonstrably equivalent work experience.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Eligibility to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance; candidates with an existing security clearance are preferred (TS SCI)
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience doing software development as an individual and team contributor for efforts involving highly technical applications, and progressively increasing responsibility in as many of the above areas as possible.

Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements. U.S. Citizenship is required

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Federal Solutions team.

Our Federal Solutions segment delivers resources to our US government customers that ensure the success of missions around the globe. Our diverse, intelligent employees drive the state of the art as they provide services and solutions in the areas of defense, security, intelligence, infrastructure, and environmental. We promote a culture of excellence and close-knit teams that take pride in delivering, protecting, and sustaining our nation's most critical assets, from Earth to cyberspace. Throughout the company, our people are anticipating what’s next to deliver the solutions our customers need now.

Salary Range: 

$104,200.00 - $182,400.00

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

We truly invest and care about our employee’s wellbeing and provide endless growth opportunities as the sky is the limit, so aim for the stars! Imagine next and join the Parsons quest—APPLY TODAY!

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Founded in 1944, Parsons Corporation, a digitally enabled solutions provider, is focused on creating the future of the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets. From Earth to outer space, we deliver tomorrow’s solutions today. Equipped with the capabilities required to take on any defense, intelligence, or critical infrastructure challenge, our agile, innovative, and disruptive approach enables us to deliver solutions at the speed of relevance.

Our people are our greatest asset. We strive to be an employer of choice that engages employees in the community and creates rewarding career paths to cultivate a resilient workforce that is ready for the future.


Parsons has contributed to major infrastructure projects in Canada since the 1940’s, helping to design and build many well-known landscapes across the country, including the Regina Bypass, Turcot Exchange, Kicking Horse Canyon, Olivier-Charbonneau Bridge, and the Edmonton Light Rail Transit. Our markets are diverse, including Bridge, Tunnel, Road and Highway, Aviation, Rail and Transit, Smart Vehicle Solutions, Smart Mobility, Integrated Delivery, Environmental Remediation, Mining and Reclamation, and Water/Wastewater, as well as serving numerous industrial clients. The Parsons’ signature stands out and our achievements have been recognized via numerous awards for innovation and quality, particularly in long-span bridges, complex brigles, and major road networks expansions. Our teams work across Canada in many provinces, including Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Northern Territories and the Yukon.

Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/LGBTQ+.

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Balance in life is important and time away from the office is imperative to allow you to refresh and focus your attention on the things that matter to you. Parsons supports your time away by providing paid time off and paid flexible holidays.

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Health is not a one size fits all. At Parsons, we offer a robust Employee Assistance Program as well as comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans through large, national carriers with the choice of regional PPO, HDHP, or HMO networks.

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Parsons has a long-standing reputation as an industry leader in domestic and international engineering and construction projects. The company also has a solid history supporting federal government work.”

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