Geotechnical Engineer at Applied Research Associates (ARA)

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Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is actively seeking a highly qualified Geotechnical Engineer with a passion for developing software applications that require geotechnical modeling and analysis. You will join a diverse multi-disciplined collaborative team of engineers and developers to build novel solutions for the US defense and Intelligence communities. We want you to apply if you have experience in software development and want to develop complex algorithms using geotechnical, geospatial, computer vision, machine learning and optimization skills.

If you want to accelerate your career growth and are passionate about applying your expertise to solve problems of national importance, then we have the job you are looking for! You will be able to achieve your personal and professional goals in a stable environment that emphasizes and rewards the entrepreneurial spirit.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: As of October 1, 2021, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), in compliance with the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination at time of hire. If you cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to a disability/medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, you will be asked to follow our process to request an accommodation.

  • Update as of January 14th, 2022: Due to the SCOTUS decision on the OSHA Temporary Emergency Standard (ETS) and the continued stay order on the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, ARA has amended our COVID-19 policy to remove the vaccination mandate at this time.

Geotechnical Engineer Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate will have an active interest in combining your geotechnical background with software development. Your day-to-day work will consist of engineering research and analysis, software development, and software testing, including the evaluation of algorithm and system performance. The candidate should demonstrate an initiative in problem-solving and a desire to incorporate novel solutions for complex problems.

Developers/engineers who are passionate about applying their expertise to solve problems of national importance, who have a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and who are seeking opportunities for personal and professional growth in a stable environment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Geotechnical Engineer Qualifications:

  • The nature of work (i.e. interactions with the intelligence community and DoD programs) requires the eligibility to apply for and hold a US security clearance; selected applicants will undergo a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements at the time of employment
  • BS in Civil / Geotechnical Engineering / Geology / Engineering / Computer Science along with 5-7 years of relevant work experience
  • Strong foundation in software development and experience with Python, Java, and/or C++
  • Knowledge of soil and rock mechanics to support geotechnical research and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience going from problem statement to prototype to production-ready algorithms
  • Team player with excellent presentation and written/oral communication skills

Additional Geotechnical Engineer Desirable Qualifications:

  • MS / PhD in Civil / Geotechnical Engineering / Geophysics / Computer Science
  • Experience with GIS, geospatial data formats, coordinate reference systems, and tools such as GDAL, QGIS, or ArcGIS
  • Interest in Machine Learning, 2D/3D visualization, and modeling, or performance/memory management
  • Ability and desire to quickly learn new domains
  • Experience working on intelligence and DoD programs
  • Prior/existing security clearance

About Us:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software, and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women's Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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Applied Research Associates (ARA) operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in A;buquerque, NM and Vicksburg, MS. Applied Research Associates (ARA) was founded in 2022. It has 2729 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 92 open jobs at Applied Research Associates (ARA), click here.
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