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Embedded Software Engineer III
Iridium Satellite, LLC McLean, VA

Embedded Software Engineer III

Iridium Satellite, LLC
McLean, VA
  • Full-Time
Company Overview

Iridium is an award-winning and innovative satellite communications company with bragging rights to the only network that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world. For over 20 years, Iridium's unique network and services have supported critical communications needs for individuals, businesses, and the evolving Internet of Things.


At Iridium, we understand the importance of staying connected and the limitations of traditional communications networks. People across the globe, including first responders, humanitarians, global militaries, scientific researchers, and lone workers, as well as ships, aircraft and remote operations all rely on Iridium to stay connected. We take our responsibility for providing these essential communications very seriously and pride ourselves on offering a reliable lifeline when needed. Likewise, Iridium is committed to providing an exciting and innovative workplace, where employees are challenged to think outside the box and collaborate on new, bold ideas and solutions. Our talented teams are passionate about their work and the impact our company makes around the world. Iridium fosters an empowering and inclusive culture that allows employees to genuinely be their best selves. We are looking for others who want to join this truly unique company that celebrates our employees and provides the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

What We're Looking For:

Iridium is seeking an Embedded Software Engineer to join our Mobile Product Software Engineering Team.  As a Embedded Software Engineer, you will be responsible for enhancing and sustaining the source code used in our mobile products and associated engineering tools. Working in this role, you'll gain valuable experience maintaining software for Iridium's transceivers while making a long-term impact on new high-quality products for our customers. You'll thrive in this role if you are passionate about creating reliable and robust products, interested in the long-term success of your work, and highly self reliant.


What You'll Do:

  • Develop embedded software for microcontrollers, ensuring high-quality, performance, and reliability.
  • Implement and optimize real-time operating systems, device drivers, and communication protocols.
  • Debug and troubleshoot field-reported firmware issues, ensuring timely resolution.
  • Reproduce, isolate and debug complex low-level problems that may span interfaces between hardware and software
  • Integrate, build, and configuration manage embedded software
  • Write and maintain unit, regression and pairwise test suites for product software
  • Create, and maintain documentations such as software requirements, ICDs, tet plan and procedure
  • Review work products created by other team members
  • Work collaboratively with software, hardware, and system development engineers
  • Work cross functionally to instill a strong culture of product quality within the organization
Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

What You'll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related technical field with 5+ year of relative software experience, including:
    • 2+ years experience developing embedded software, preferably for microcontrollers
    • 3+ years' experience developing software in C; solid understanding of ANSI C, common data structures and memory management techniques
  • Familiarity with asynchronous event driven paradigms
  • Proven experience in embedded systems design with preemptive, multitasking real-time operating systems
  • Excellent knowledge of OSI model, networking protocols, interfaces, and hardware subsystems
  • Solid understanding of communication protocols such as UART, SPI, and I2C
  • Adequate knowledge of reading schematics and data sheets for components
  • Experience with benchmarking algorithm performance on embedded systems using software and hardware techniques
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to confidently present products, deliverables, analyses, and/or issues
  • Possess an analytical mindset, with the ability to understand a situation or problem and think critically to make decisions or come up with solutions
  • Being a proactive communicator and asking for help when needed
  • Have confidence and be able to establish valuable relationships with others
  • Must be able to prioritize key tasks and have a strong sense of ownership over your work
  • Be active in seeking out ways to continuously improve yourself and gain new knowledge


Things That Would be Great if You Brought to the Table:

  • 1+ years' of experience in developing ancillary tools in Python
  • Experience developing software for ARM M series microcontrollers
  • Experience using Linux command-line interfaces
  • Familiarity with multi-threading/multi-tasking
  • Familiarity with signal analysis tools such as Wireshark.
  • Demonstrated embedded systems troubleshooting experience
  • 1+ years' of experience working with agile methods & environment using the Atlassian suite.
  • Demonstrated understanding of software production via continuous integration
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices for software version control (Git, SVN etc)
  • Knowledge of RF communication systems and protocols
  • Working knowledge of bash, make and similar programming languages


We'll also need you to:

  • Be able to travel to meetings with geographically remote teams
  • U.S. Citizenship required


Work Environment:

This position primarily works in the company office or in a home office. The position is largely sedentary with the majority of the position sitting in a chair and working with a computer. The role uses basic office equipment including a phone, video, computer, keyboard, mouse, and printer.


Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.



Employment Type: FULL_TIME


Iridium Satellite, LLC

1750 Tysons Blvd.

McLean, VA
22102 USA



Posted date

May 19, 2024
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Iridium Satellite, LLC job posting for a Embedded Software Engineer III in McLean, VA with a salary of $132,900 to $174,900 Yearly with a map of McLean location.