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Lead Software Engineer

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Job ID: 213598
Location: UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States
Date Posted: Oct 4, 2021
Category: Software
Subcategory: SW Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: Yes
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Lead Software Engineer to support our team in the DCMV area. The Lead Software Engineer at SAIC's Identity and Data Sciences Laboratories (IDSL) will develop cutting edge software tools to facilitate state of the art applied research. These tools will be used to gather, process, and store biometric data, such as face, fingerprint, and iris images, to evaluate the performance of commercial biometric and identity systems. The IDSL operates the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF; a recognized leader in large scale technology testing as well as a cloud-based biometric analytic environment (CBAE) to perform biometric evaluations on operational data spanning billions of records. The candidate will join a multi-disciplinary team and will take a leadership role in building new tools for acquiring and processing biometric data spanning both on-premises and cloud-based systems.

In this position, the Lead Software Engineer will:

  • Thrive on being on the critical path and will work independently to solve abstract problems and adapt to changing requirements.
  • Architect, develop, test, deploy and maintain software to facilitate reliable data acquisition, processing, storage, and complex analytics.
  • Work in a diverse team, interfacing daily with people of diverse skills and backgrounds. 

This position is remote. Post-COVID19, up to 20% travel is expected to the DC metropolitan area.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors (or 4 years equivalent practical experience) and six (6) years or more experience; Masters and four (4) years or more experience; PhD and two (2) years or more experience.
  • Must be a US Citizen due to clearance.
  • Experience in Go, Python, or Java.
  • Experience developing, deploying, and monitoring microservice-based distributed systems.
  • Experience working with Unix/Linux environments, CI/CD tools, databases and information processing systems, cloud-based systems, networking, software security.

Desired qualifications

  • Master’s or higher degree in engineering, computer science, or other technical field.
  • Experience working in a research environment.
  • Experience deploying and managing open source tools.
  • Interest and ability to learn new technical skills including coding languages as needed.

COVID Policy: Prospective and/or new employees will be required to adhere with SAIC's vaccination policy. All SAIC employees must be fully vaccinated and they must submit proof of vaccination on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement at Contact Us and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Customer site vaccination requirements, if more strict, will take precedence over SAIC's vaccination policy.
Target salary range: $145,001 - $155,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

We are more than 26,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a respectful work culture based on diversity, equity, and inclusion that values all contributors. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $7.1 billion. For more information, visit

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