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Senior Software Engineer, School of Engineering

Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN

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Senior Software Engineer, School of Engineering

Posted 11 days ago

Senior Software Engineers on research teams are responsible for engineering and/or software design, implementation, analysis, and maintenance or experimentation.

The Institute for Software Integrated Systems, a School of Engineering department at Vanderbilt University, is expanding two of its research teams, ESTCP and MIDAS.

ESTCP Research Team

The ESTCP team's current project involves transitioning future "Smart Grid" management from a centralized to a coordinated and distributed control paradigm, specifically, using an integrated microgrid. Microgrids, with local power generation and storage capability, can greatly reduce dependence on large utilities while providing sufficiently reliable power to communities. However, microgrids need intelligent and distributed control systems to manage various modes of operations and to provide a stable energy supply. This project is developing an open source microgrid control system that runs on a network of small embedded devices attached to the microgrid power system components (photovoltaic cells, batteries, residential loads, etc.) The ultimate goal is to build field-tested, generic control system software that is highly customizable and can be widely used in various microgrid systems.

MIDAS Research Team

The MIDAS team's current project involves developing a new approach to evolutionary software development and deployment that extends the results of model-based software engineering. The project will construct an integrated, end-to-end framework for building software that is focused on growth and adaptation. The envisioned technology is based on the concept of a ‘Model Design Language’ (MDL) that supports the expression of the developer’s objectives (the ‘what’), intentions (the ‘how’), and constraints (the ‘limitations’) related to the software artifacts to be produced. The ‘models’ represented in this language are called the ‘design models’ for the software artifact(s) and they encompass more than what we express today in software models like UML. We consider software development as a continuous process, as in the DevOps paradigm, where the software is undergoing continuous change, improvement, and extension; and our goal is to build the tools to support this. The main idea is that changes in the requirements will result in the designer/developer making changes in the ‘design model’ that will result in automatically generated changes in the generated artifacts, or changes in the target system, at run-time, as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with modeling and analysis of discipline-specific engineering problems.
  • Assist PI and/or System Architect with the development and maintenance of discipline-specific software systems and/or engineering tools to support project and research goals.
  • Perform engineering and/or software design, implementation, analysis, maintenance, or experimentation as directed by PI and lead Engineers.
  • Adhere to existing technical standards and recommend or develop new standards, as applicable.
  • Prepare technical documentation for work products of project.
  • Maintain familiarity with and expertise in emerging technologies and techniques related to project and research goals.
  • Provide PI and /or System Architect with accurate documentation of all systems within project research area of direct involvement or responsibility.
  • Provide PI and/or System Architect with data to assist in evaluation of project research direction and progress, providing input on solutions as necessary.
  • Provide PI and /or System Architect with daily documentation of work performed.
  • Effectively deliver technical progress reports and presentations in written and oral forms to project research staff and faculty.
  • Communicate regularly, effectively, and professionally with PI, System Architect, and research team.
  • Share research knowledge, product, and processes with PI, System Architect, and research team.

General Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering is necessary.
  • Solid, established skills in software system development, modeling, and/or systems engineering.
  • Ability to design, implement, test, document, and maintain software.

ESTCP Research Team Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering is necessary.
  • Familiarity with concepts and techniques of signals and systems, computer architecture, software design, and embedded systems.
  • Knowledge of the Python, C, and C++ programming languages is a plus.
  • Experience with networking and distributed systems as well as software development for the power grid is a plus.

MIDAS Research Team Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering is necessary.
  • Familiarity with concepts and techniques of software engineering tools, model-based software development, software design, and embedded systems.
  • Knowledge of the Python, C, C++, Typescript, and Javascript programming languages is a plus.
  • Experience with model-driven software development techniques and tools is a plus.

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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.