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Raytheon Technologies Senior Research Engineer - UAS Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

The Collins Aerospace Mission System Advanced Technology group is seeking candidates for an opening in the Immersive and Autonomous Systems group for a Senior Software Engineer in the domain of Uncrewed A e rial Systems (UAS), with a specific focus on the eme rging domains of UAS Traffic Management (U TM ) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) .

With the emergence of UAS and UAM, the airspace is seeing a rapid exp an sion of new types of vehicles , with increasing levels of autonomy using the airspace in a variety of n ovel ways. From drones capable of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) railway inspections, to flying ta xis, UAS and UAM represent a simultaneous revolution in nearly every aspect of aviation . As part of the subset of those at Collins who track and innovates to solve these challenges, this position offers an opportunity to grow with this emerging domain .

Primary Responsibilities:

  • As a part of the IAS group , a candidate will be part of a research and development organization in charge of conceptualizing, implementing , demonstrating, and maturing new technologies and ideas in a wide variety of topics . At Collins Aerospace you’ll be part of an evolving, globally diverse company that’s moving fast to shape the future of technology - one full of career and growth opportunities.

  • Candidates should be well rounded self - starters with a passion for innovation who can understand challenging concepts, create requirements to address and implement solutions in software.

  • This position requires working directly with NASA, the FAA, as well as international airspace authorities as well as customers as we participate in research and early-stage concept development, demonstration, and maturation activities.

    Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of prior relevant experience OR

  • Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 3 years experience OR

  • In absence of a degree, 9 years of relevant experience is required

  • Engineering/Other Technical Positions: Bachelor’s degree (typically in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and a minimum of 5 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations.

  • Strong c ommunications skills relevant for participating in a diverse and distributed team, interfacing with customers , research partners, and relevant airspace regulators as well as participating in concept demonstrations and other presentations.

  • Experience in web development, with an ability to excel in a full stack environment with interfaces to many external systems . Preferably with familiarity with Angular

  • Strong aptitude for programming in a variety of languages and environments including:

  • Web development: Python, TS, HTML, CSS, SQL

  • Scripting and server environments: Shell /Python scripting

  • Basic understanding of IP networks

  • Must Be a U.S. Citizen

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with version control (GIT preferred)

  • Familiarity with handling, processing, and efficient queries relating to geographic information systems (GIS) data and common geospatial tools ( e.g. ArcGIS, Shapely, etc )

  • General proficiency in Linux-based server environments

  • Embedded environments: C/C+

  • Familiarity with continuous development and deployment

  • Background in aviation, ideally UAS and or air traffic control

  • Experience with software in the loop (SITL) or other simulation techniques

  • Familiarity with web development concepts, tools, and frameworks such as Angular, Docker, RabbitMQ, Kubernetes, RESTful interfaces, Flask, POSTMAN, jQuery, OpenAPI , experience with websockets , Nginx, etc .

  • Machine Learning concepts and experience

  • Ability to support occasional travel

    Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

Do you want to be a part of something bigger? A team whose impact stretches across the world, and even beyond? At Collins Aerospace, our Mission Systems team helps civilian, military and government customers complete their most complex missions — whatever and wherever they may be. Our customers depend on us for intelligent and secure communications, missionized systems for specialized aircraft and spacecraft and collaborative space solutions. By joining our team, you’ll have your own critical part to play in ensuring our customer succeeds today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow. Are you up for the challenge? Join our mission today.

Collins Aerospace Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Life insurance and disability coverage

  • Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal

  • Ovia Health, fertility and family planning

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions

  • Redbrick - Incentives for a Healthy You

  • Autism Benefit

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

  • Adoption Assistance

  • Best Doctors, second opinion program

  • And more!

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.


  • Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)

  • Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

    At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

    Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

    Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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, age or any other federally protected class.

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