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Software/Hardware Interface Engineer

Date: Jan 17, 2023

Location: Fort Belvoir, Virginia, US

Company: QinetiQ

Who Are We?

We are a world-class team of professionals who deliver next generation technology and products in robotic and autonomous platforms, ground, soldier, and maritime systems in 50+ locations world-wide. Much of our work contributes to innovative research in the fields of sensor science, signal processing, data fusion, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and augmented reality (AR).

QinetiQ Inc.’s dedicated experts in defense, aerospace, security, and related fields all work together to explore new ways of protecting the American Warfighter, Security Forces, and Allies. Being a part of QinetiQ Inc. means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. 

Why Join QinetiQ Inc.?

If you have the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges, then you will experience a unique working environment where innovative teams blend different perspectives, disciplines, and technologies to discover new ways of solving complex problems.  In our diverse and inclusive environment, you can be authentic, feel valued, be respected, and realize your full potential. QinetiQ Inc. will support you with workplace flexibility, a commitment to the health and well-being of you and your family and provide opportunities to work with a purpose. We are committed to supporting your success in both your professional and personal lives.

QinetiQ Inc. is seeking an experienced Software/Hardware Interface Engineer to support the development of real-time control and analysis system-level firmware. 


Your Contribution to the Mission :

  • Programming & control of hardware systems
    • Systems include motors and encoders, cameras, lasers, gimbals, etc.
    • Digital image capture and image analysis experience is desired.
    • Well-defined and documented data/source code organization is desired.
    • Experience with Configuration Management systems.
  • The applicant should be skilled in the development of GUI interfaces which will control the operation of the hardware and be good at documenting the software architecture for use by others. 
  • Various other Software tasks and responsibilities will be assigned, with an emphasis on spiral development, software integration with hardware test-fix-test experience.
  • Candidate skilled in digital image capture, image analysis, along with data organization is desired.
  • Support for an in-house C/C++/Python image collection software tool will be required.
  • Candidate will also lead an effort to transition the existing manually written software to commercially supported video capture/logging application, such as STREAMS. 
  • The candidate will need to be able to travel to support field testing during project culmination and milestone test events.
  • This candidate is expected to document all software products and analysis results developed in a form understandable by multiple types of users.   
  • The ability to quickly adapt to and learn new types of software and hardware interfaces in imaging equipment is highly desirable. 


To Land this Job, You'll Need :


  • Working knowledge of SInstruments LabView, Matlab Instrument Control Toolbox, or other High Level Languages.
  • Experience using SDK interfaces
    • How to extend or expand capabilities to existing software
    • To connect to and program mechanical or electrical hardware components
  • Basic GUI development experience
  • Visual Basic Scripting 
  • C/C++ Programming experience 
  • JSON messaging experience 
  • GUI development 
  • Microsoft Office 
  • Basic understanding of digital image processing fundamentals 
  • Able to travel as needed to support key field exercises and tests
  • Proactive approach to solving problems given very minimal supervision. 




  • Knowledge of motors, encoders, hall effect sensors, cameras, lasers and positioners/gimbals 
  • Knowledge of Hyperspectral and Multi-spectral data analysis 
  • Knowledge of Infrared electro-optical imaging systems 
  • A basic understanding of radiometric signal conversions 
  • Familiarity with Streams or other commercial data capture software 
  • DOD Secret clearance






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QinetiQ Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified Applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.