Research Systems Engineer

The Position

ATAC has an opening for a Research Systems Engineer.  This is a full-time mid- to senior staff position and may be located at our headquarters in Santa Clara, CA or the Washington D.C. area office.  The successful candidate will participate in analysis-focused research and development on the National Airspace System and new NextGen aviation systems.
Responsibilities will include:

  • Formulating and executing research plans
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of air traffic historical and simulated data
  • Development and analysis of fast-time and real-time aviation simulations and analysis tools
  • Integration of simulation and analysis tools and analytical techniques
  • Aviation data and simulation verification and validation
  • Design, development and/or analysis of new NAS concepts and algorithms
  • Technical report writing and technical presentations of analytical results
  • Work closely with government aviation users/customers

A background check will be required for this position.


ATAC is looking for career-minded people with the potential to grow professionally and advance into positions of greater technical and project management responsibility.
Required attributes include:

  • B.S. degree in the area of engineering including civil, electrical, electronic, chemical, industrial, mechanical, aeronautical, or computer
  • Ability to conduct modeling and/or database-based engineering analysis using python, Scala, Java and/or R
  • Excellent PC applications skills with office tools including Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal relations skills 
  • A strong interest in the aviation field and solid understanding of the National Airspace System (NAS) and future NextGen concepts

Desirable attributes include

  • Air traffic data analytical expertise (especially with air traffic trajectory data and large data sets)
  • Experience with aircraft, air traffic control, traffic flow management, automation, navigation, and surveillance systems, a plus
  • Software lifecycle development experience (esp., Java-based programming) that involved requirements analysis, verification and validation, configuration management, and documentation/training
  • Experience with Big Data technologies like Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Kafka, or RabbitMQ and related data processing architectures.
  • Experience with NoSQL databases, such as HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB
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., Boston, Massachusetts, Egg Harbor, 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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