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Senior Applications Software Engineer

Draper Labs
United States, Florida, St. Petersburg
November 16, 2022

Senior Applications Software Engineer
Job Location

US-FL-St. Petersburg

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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.


The AI, Human, and Data Technologies division is looking for an experienced software engineer to help deliver unique and robust solutions to a variety of end users. We work on exciting and diverse projects with a focus on end to end application development, user experience, and deployment. Projects will range from DoD to commercial to internally funded R&D.

You will work closely with our UX team to help define appropriate solutions for the needs of our users. Development will typically follow an Agile Scrum methodology with automated testing. You will be expected to develop, test, and integrate software features with minimal oversight, and potentially lead such efforts. This position will have a strong focus on Java development, architecture, and design. The ideal candidate will have a strong development background, with a leadership mentality and an interest in fielding solutions.


Required Qualifications:

    BS/MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or similar with 10+ years of post-graduate development experience
  • 6+ years of experience with object oriented programming, design patterns, and functional programming
  • 4+ years of Java 8+
  • Significant experience with automated testing (JUnit, Mocking frameworks, etc.)
  • Experience with configuration management (such as git, svn)
  • Familiarity with Agile Development
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Self-starter and team player with a desire to field systems and improve user experience
  • US Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with asynchronous or multi-threaded programming
  • Experience with GUI applications
  • Interest in developing multi-year, production level software
  • Experience and interest in creating documentation aimed at end-users and developers
  • Experience in Autonomous vehicle applications
  • Experience in the Maritime system domain
  • Experience with Engineering problem-solving methodology (state a problem; analysis; approach; design/implementation; results)
  • Top Secret Clearance

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