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Software Engineer II (Embedded)


Germantown, MD, US, 20876

Job ID: 101299 


The Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business is a global leader and strategic partner committed to delivering world-class, full life-cycle defense and intelligence products that protect the security of our nation and our allies.  From air combat training to state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems, our technology is deployed by virtually all U.S. military and government agencies around the world.


Our facility is currently located in Germantown, MD.  Our business is experiencing growth in multiple market areas and as a result we are excited to announce that in January 2023 we will be in our newly built facility located just south of Frederick, off I-270.  This modern facility, with ESG initiatives and surrounding green spaces, offers many amenities quickly accessible to this attractive location.

Job Summary

DRS Signal Solutions is seeking a Level II Software Engineer to develop leading edge, standards-based software. Design, develop, analyze, document and support testing of complex applications, systems, or subsystems.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design, develop, analyze, test and debug of computer software applications and/or systems mostly in a Real-time embedded environment.

    • Work in a Linux Development environment

    • Customization and configuration of the Linux operating system for the target system.

    • Develop both in the kernel space (BSP, Drivers, etc) as well as user space application to interface with devices and FPGA registers and provide a socket based user interface.

  • Develop prototypes to retire key development risks.

  • Guide the technical design of products and software to integrate products and systems

  • Guide designs involving interdisciplinary teams in close cooperation with senior engineering management, program management and/or product line management. 

  • Serve as an expert in assigned technical area, both internally and to represent the company externally.

  • Reviews customer specifications and interacts with users to define system requirements and/or necessary modifications.

  • Support the program design to cost and design for manufacture requirements

  • Provide inputs for budget and schedule input for design assignments

  • Document component and subsystem specifications and material requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering or related technical field with 5 years of experience in software development. Candidates with a master’s degree are also welcomed to apply. 

  • Experience with software development (C/C++, Java) including test development using python.

  • Demonstrate experience with Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS)

  • Experience with embedded device drivers (TCP/IP, UART, I2C, PCIe, etc.) on Linux

  • Experience with SVN and Git version control

  • Solid understanding of multi-threading/multi-processing

  • Experience in initial hardware start-up and troubleshooting techniques

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to evaluate technical trade-offs

  • Familiarity with cyber security engineering tasks on embedded systems including security implementation, testing, and mitigating issues from testing.

  • Experience with Xilinx Embedded Processors in an FPGA such as UltraScale+ using Petalinux and Yocto.

  • Some experience in digital signal processing and communication theory

  • Experience with design and implementation of Software Defined Radio development; familiarity with REDHAWK, GNU Radios

  • Experience with Modular Open RF Architecture (MORA) reference implementation

  • Experience with MORA, VICTORY, JICD reference implementation

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #AIS

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish this through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

For additional information on  Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC