Aviation Research Engineer

The Position

ATAC has an opening for an Aviation Research Engineer. This is a full-time position and is located in Santa Clara, California. The successful candidate will provide technical contributions to ATAC’s Research and Product Development Division for innovative research efforts and the design, development, and deployment of aviation information systems.
Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading and participating in aviation focused research projects from start to finish.
  • Developing machine learning, neural networks, or other Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled software algorithms to find significant patterns in aviation-related data.
  • Integrating advanced data mining techniques into ATAC research and commercial products.
  • Interacting with aviation subject matter experts (SMEs) to incorporate their knowledge into active learning algorithms.
  • Formulating and defining integration scope and objectives based on user needs, specifications and research.
  • Devising or modifying system procedures to solve complex problems, considering computer equipment capacity and limitations, operating time, and form of desired results.
  • Utilizing Big Data and GPU-based processing techniques to scale computational problems.
  • Conducting independent technical investigations supporting research and product development.
  • Writing research papers for aviation research conferences.
  • Writing proposals for research projects.

A background check will be required for this position.


ATAC is looking for career-minded people with the potential to grow professionally, provide technical expertise and assume project management responsibilities.
Required attributes include: 

  • Master's or Bachelor's Degree in science, engineering, or math with a minimum of three years of relevant experience in data mining, machine learning, Big Data, or AI algorithm development.
  • Ability to quickly prototype and demonstrate software concepts in a number of languages
  • Experience includes the development of algorithms to process aviation-related data sets
  • Experience with building web-based aviation metrics dashboards using options such as Javascript, Angular, etc., is highly desirable
  • Strong analytical skills and experience working with large data sets
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal relations skills
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
Desired attributes include: 
  • PC programming experience (VBA, Perl, and Python)
  • A statistics background (R, Shiny)
  • Experience in air traffic control systems or as a private/commercial/military pilot.

ATAC offers a casual business environment within a supportive team of likeminded individuals. We are proud of our working environment, our culture and our people-we will be the best place to work for those who share our passion.

In addition, the ideal candidate is a team player, open to new ideas, technologies and development methodologies, thinks both logically and creatively, and approaches problems and problem solving with a positive and constructive attitude.

Corporate Information

ATAC Corporation is a software and services company that specializes in providing the aviation community with state-of-the-art computer simulation, modeling, and analysis tools, as well as expert services in air traffic systems and operations design and analysis.  We are committed to making major contributions to the aviation industry by providing high quality products and services to meet critical needs, while maintaining a creative, innovative, and responsive, small-company environment.

ATAC serves clients in both the public and private sectors via its headquarters office in Santa Clara, California and branch offices in Washington, D.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, and San Diego, California. Primary clients include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), service branches of the Department of Defense (DOD), airport authorities, airport planning and engineering firms, and private companies involved with aviation systems development and integration.

If this sounds like you, please use one of the following methods to send your resume AND a cover letter in which you summarize the particular elements of your background that relate to the requirements of this position.

Fax: 408 727 8447
E-mail: Human Resources
Please send a non-formatted ASCII-text version of your resume in the body of the email, or attach your cover letter and resume as Microsoft Word documents.

ATAC Corporation
Attn: Human Resources
2770 De La Cruz Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050-2624

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