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Principle Research & Development Engineer II, Embedded Software

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Burlington, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

About the Opportunity

The Kostas Research Institute (KRI) at Northeastern University (NU) – a rapidly growing institute that conducts cutting-edge applied R&D – is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Principle/Senior Research & Development (R&D) Engineer with expertise in Embedded Software Engineering. The Senior R&D Engineer is expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and contribute to the successful execution of R&D projects.

Responsibilities include providing subject matter expertise and technical contributions as an embedded software engineer for a wide range of projects requiring computing systems design and realization, including machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications, autonomy, cognitive and distributed sensing and communication, advanced manufacturing, and decision support systems, among others. The Senior R&D Engineer will work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams across the KRI consortium, consisting of academic and industry partners, to create solutions and prototypes for projects in these application areas. Level of position will be based on education and experience.

Successful candidates will be responsible team leaders, passionate about cutting-edge/emerging computer hardware and software technologies, possess a deep understanding of software architectures and experience in turning such technologies into practical, state-of-the-art systems. A close working relationship with and support of KRI Senior R&D Engineers/Scientists for government and industry contracts will be required.

The Kostas Research Institute was founded, focusing on homeland security research and development. Today, KRI strives to advance resilience in the face of 21st-century risks across a wide range of technologies, emphasizing a collaborative approach that leverages our R1 university intellectual capital and technologies to develop application-specific solutions to customer needs. KRI focuses on satisfying customer-driven needs by co-locating a diverse, highly skilled R&D team that can address all aspects of a particular problem across the full range of technology-readiness levels. KRI headquarters, located at the NU Innovation Campus in Burlington, MA (ICBM), is home to one-of-a-kind research and test facilities for conducting activities related to cognitive and distributed RF signal processing and machine learning, unmanned and autonomous system technologies, as well as quantum materials and sensing.

This position is with KRI at Northeastern University, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NU. The primary office for this position is located at NU’s ICBM. Through NU, KRI offers an impressive benefits package, including multiple retirement plan options with extremely generous matching, as well as tuition waivers for classes and advanced degree programs. A full description of available benefits can be found on the NU website.


Required Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering / Computer Engineering or a related field.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience.


  • Proficiency in robotic software architecture design.
  • Experience in UAS vehicle executive design.
  • Experience with smart battery design.
  • Experience with motor control software.
  • Experience with Xilinx Zynq, Nvidia or snapdragon processors.
  • Proficiency in developing, testing, and deploying software packages for edge, desktop, enterprise, and/or cloud computing platforms.
  • Experience with databases including database and/or API design.
  • Proficiency in high-level object-oriented programming and scripting languages, such as Python, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, etc.
  • Interest in Computer Vision, ML, and AI concepts.
  • Ability to lead a small team of engineers and share knowledge with others.
  • Self-motivated and capable of independently planning and executing technical projects.
  • Ability to quickly adapt in working with novel/emerging technologies.
  • Passion for developing new prototypes and solutions.
  • A passion for learning and constantly expanding knowledgebase.
  • US Citizenship with the ability to obtain a DoD security clearance.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering or related field.


  • Experience with Altium Design
  • Experience with GitHub software
  • Experience with TAK/ATAK
  • Experience with low-level programming and scripting languages, such as C/Assembly, TCL, VHDL/Verilog, SystemC, etc.
  • Experience in applying for research and development funding.
  • Proficient with Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers Function Generators and Spectrum Analyzers.

Position Type


Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.