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Software Documentation Specialist/ Technical Writer - Military veterans preferred

Alex - Alternative Experts (
Computers/Information Technology


  full-time   part-time   employee   contract

United States

Job Title: Software Documentation Specialist/ Technical Writer

Location: Laurel, MD or greater National Capital Region (Patuxent River, MD or Quantico, VA)

Description: ALEX-Alternative Experts, LLC supports the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) in the areas of technical capabilities-based requirements, interface specification, documentation, and capture in support of software development engineering, rapid prototyping, and formal requirements development processes that address critical military and law enforcement operational shortfalls and challenges.

ALEX requires a technical interface specification, documentation, and capture specialist to support software engineering, rapid prototyping, and formal requirements development processes.
Detailed Responsibilities Include: Preparation of documents including, but not limited to:
Operations and troubleshooting guide tailored to Marine Corps
Integrated Broadcast System (IBS) Interface Control Document (ICD) to describe physical and logical interface between project and external Tactical Data Processors (TDP)
ICD describing currently implemented interface between project and General Atomics access server/connection oriented transport protocol (COTP) in use by U.S. Air Force ISR
ICD addressing project ingest of LynxSAR data into project
Description and technical specification of Marine Corps ISR PED sites and project installation including functional, physical, and logical views of hardware, software, data, and networks.
Required Education/Skills and Qualifications:
Self-starter able to work effectively in a demanding, multi-tasking environment
Active minimum SECRET level clearance, potentially higher in accordance with task specifications
Ability to travel for Temporary Duty (TDY) to various Continental United States (CONUS) locations for up to 25% time

The candidate should have the following experience:
Experience in writing technical capabilities-based operational requirements documentation to government specifications
Relevant experience in software development
Working knowledge of the Marine Corps intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) Enterprise and its implementation
Experience in the execution of projects and coordinating efforts with Headquarters, Marine Corps; Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and/or Naval Air Systems Command

The candidate should have an understanding of the following:
Data fusion/correlation
C2 systems, particularly ISR sensors
Radar-based ISR systems, particularly automatic detection and tracking associated with radar systems
Imagery intelligence systems, and with imagery processing technologies, to include those systems used for processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED)
Real-time processing capabilities and limitations
Developing and deploying software systems using Docker containers
Software performance optimization and effective asynchronous, parallel, and distributed processing approaches
Designing, building, and deploying relational and non-relational distributed database systems
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Degree(s) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related technical field
Experience in writing technical interface control documentation
Experience in writing documentation to describe software interfaces
Experience with developing and deploying software systems in a Docker environment
Experience with web development
Two or more years of experience with complex software development addressing cutting edge challenges relating to ISR mission processes
Experience implementing test processes and laboratory bench tests to validate developed software
Experience supporting field installation of prototype capabilities at military and/or law enforcement sites, to include aircraft, surface platforms, and command and control centers, where field efforts include systems data collection and reduction for prototype evaluation, operator training on systems usage and maintenance, and further capability refinement and documentation
Experience with ISR sensor data standards, message formats, data links, and system interfaces; particularly the MQ-9 and RQ-21.
Strong working knowledge of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0
Experience in systems and application programming in C++ and JAVA, and in particular the multi-threading features of these languages
Knowledge of C++ or JAVA in a Linux/Unix environment

Physical Requirements:
None noted.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. Applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow employees to meet the essential functions of the job, unless those accommodations cause undue hardships on the employer. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Human Resources Department at
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�· Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are highly encouraged to apply

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