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Technical Leader/Principal Software Engineer

Be part of something innovative and cutting edge. Join our team of more than a hundred software engineers, designers, project managers and software specialists that are smart, creative and excited by what they do.

Some of our ground-breaking work includes:

• advanced computer-adaptive algorithms (only one that’s peer-approved in the country)

• mobile support for the user interfaces

• learning management systems with social media features

• user interfaces that are universally accessible to people with or without disabilities

• innovative, machine-scorable items

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a leading professional services firm with a growing software engineering and product development team. We design and build things that are inspiring and make a real impact in the online testing industry. We are currently seeking a Technical Leader/Principal Software Engineer to join our team in the Washington, DC office.

Responsibilities

• Provide technical leadership of innovative, cutting-edge software projects

• Lead software design, engineering, and architecture efforts

• Partner with other technical leads and chief architects on architecting large-scale complicated solutions

• Oversee risk mitigation around performance, data integrity, and scalability

• Apply creative thinking/approach to determine technical solutions that further business goals, keeping in mind performance, reliability, scalability, usability, security, flexibility, and cost

• Inspire people through his/her technical know-how

• Skillfully identify problems and solve complex problems with simple solutions

• Provide technical leadership to project teams, including setting the architecture vision and roadmap, being the primary contact for technical communications

Qualifications

• PhD in Computer Science required; consideration will also be given to individuals who have evidence of intellectual aptitude, innovation, effectiveness, and follow-through

• 12 + years of extensive experience in building complex software projects, such as highly efficient real-time distributed data-driven systems

• 8+ years of hands-on experience as technical lead of complex software projects, including designing, building, and providing technical oversight to the development team and to a lesser extent, working with the systems engineering team

• 8+ years of proven expertise on being a Technical Lead of large-scale data-driven production systems that are heavily used

• Demonstrated experience on creating prototypes of cutting-edge systems and designing/building a production-ready version

• Expert knowledge in design of multi-tiered web systems

• Training and experience in artificial intelligence, preferred

• Ability to communicate ideas and provide direction to more junior staff

• Application architecture/development experience with deep technology expertise in the following:

o Extensive hands on design/coding experience/skills on architecture design of large scale platforms

o Strong service development experience with high performance and scalability

o SQL/NoSQL technology

o Web Services (REST/ SOAP)

o Service Oriented Architecture

o JavaScript Framework and AJAX

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at www.air.org. To apply, please go to https://jobs-airdc.icims.com/jobs/9153/technical-leader-principal-software-engineer/job. Candidates must apply online for consideration. EOE.

How to apply

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, commuter benefits, and tuition assistance. For more information, please visit our website at www.air.org. To apply, please go to https://jobs-airdc.icims.com/jobs/9153/technical-leader-principal-software-engineer/job. Candidates must apply online for consideration. EOE.

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