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Principal Tracking Algorithm Software Engineer 3/4

Caribou Thunder LLC

This is a Full-time position in Boulder, CO posted November 24, 2021.

Principal Tracking Algorithm Software Engineer 3/4

Boulder, CO
– Full Time

Principal Tracking Algorithm Software Engineer 3/4 R10759, R10761

Location: Boulder, CO

Schedule: Full Time

Shift: 1 st


Caribou Thunder, LLC is a Woman Owned, HUBZone Certified, Native American Owned, SBA and SDB Certified global engineering services company, incorporated in 2006.

Caribou Thunder is a Global Service Provider supporting a wide variety of DoD, Space, and Intelligence programs with consistent growth since inception to over 100 associates and $10M in annual sales with solid performance in 35 states across the U.S.

and 22 countries around the world.

Caribou Thunder is seeking a Principal Tracking Algorithm Software Engineer 3/4 to support the Algorithms, Performance, and Analysis team within the Missile Defense Systems Business Unit (MDS).


Candidate will be responsible for researching and identifying complex, multi-disciplinary problems, breaking into components, designing/implementing algorithm solutions for a broad range of sensor exploitation activities.

Sensor output used for identification, characterization, interpretation, and change detection of objects and events.

Work includes planning and executing team projects, developing work packages, developing prototypes and customer demonstrations, in addition to analyzing algorithm performance, subsystems, and interfaces.

Report status to colleagues, customers, and management.

Must have a working knowledge of sensors, with respect to focal plane resolution, sensitivity, and line of sight considerations for the purpose of tracking.

Knowledge of visible or IR focal planes and other sensor systems engineering experience is desirable.

Participates in technical peer reviews and work with various Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) as well as be cognizant of algorithm development and integration issues.

The engineer must communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings.

Represent the organization as a technical POC and may have frequent inter-organizational and customer contacts.

Supervisory / leadership role.

Provides software engineering, technical, and managerial direction for problem definition, analysis, requirement development and implementation for complex systems in the engineering discipline required to meet technical requirements.

Makes recommendations and advises on system development, improvements, optimization, or support efforts.

Performs risk assessments and analysis employing modeling and simulation techniques.


Experience with C/C++ software language, development tools, and integrated development environments (IDEs)

Software algorithm development experience for complex, mathematically intensive systems

Ability to travel on occasion


Basic skills in MATLAB or Python and system modeling

Experience in tracking and prediction algorithms, simulation, validation, and algorithms

Ground systems experience in mission processing, ground communications, and space operations

Experience in the numerical implementation of motion filters.

Familiarity with Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) and Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) sensors and simulations

Experience with APL2, PERL, STK, or logging and parsing tools

Strong statistical background and skills

Experience with model-based engineering


DoD Secret or TS/SCI clearance that is or has been active within the last two years

Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret, TS/SCI clearance



Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Math, or related discipline plus 5 years of related experience

OR Masters and 3 years of related experience

OR PhD and 0 years of related experience


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Math, or related discipline plus 9 years of related experience

OR Masters and 7 years of related experience

OR PhD and 4 years of related experience


Caribou Thunder, LLC is an established Defense contractor with nearly 20 years of experience delivering engineering services worldwide.

We offer industry leading salaries, flexible work life balance, full range of benefits (career development and mentoring, PTO, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, and 401k match).

Caribou Thunder, LLC offers meaningful career opportunities within a true team-based environment, where every employee matters, contributing to a higher goal supporting National Security programs. Caribou Thunder, LLC is committed to hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

United States citizenship is a requirement for all positions.