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Senior Principal Systems Engineer (Sign on bonus up to $50k) (Onsite), CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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United States of America


HIA32: Cedar Rapids, IA 400 Collins Rd NE , Cedar Rapids, IA, 52498-0505 USA

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Principal Systems engineer position working on embedded Communications programs will include development test and integration strategies to support the development of Software Defined Radio (SDR) products for space.  This position is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   


This position will include expert skills in requirements definition, detailed design, integration and qualification phases for radio’s designed for space.  This position requires working with customers and internal development teams to demonstrate and provide verification of system implementation.  

Primary Responsibilities:

The successful applicant will be able to foster collaboration between the embedded applications and the operating environment development teams; possess good communication and diplomacy skills for interfacing with the customer; possess personal leadership qualities; and willingly performs a broad array of tasks from hardware/software and systems development activities and provide analysis in software/systems architecture design.  The successful candidate is able to provide technical presentation and demonstration to end customers.  

Candidate is expected to be able to demonstrate communication skills and an ability/desire to work in a team environment, establish working relationships with peers and co-workers.  The candidate must be adaptable to change, determined to accomplish tasks based on program schedule, and contribute to a positive work environment.  They consistently produce exemplary results on the projects and teams they collaborate with. 

Basic Qualifications:

Systems of Systems design and development 

Embedded systems experience and SOC 

Experience with test and integration of complex software  

Must have an active final Secret Security Clearance 

Knowledge of Hardware design concepts 


Bachelor’s degree (typically in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)) and a minimum of 10 years of prior relevant experience unless prohibited by local laws/regulations 

Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 7 years of experience OR  

In absence of a degree, 14 years of relevant experience is required

Must be capable to obtain a U.S. DoD Secret Clearance.
U.S. Citizenship is required. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

Communication protocols 

Networking protocols 

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)  

Working knowledge of Python and VBA 


Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

We make modern flight possible for millions of travelers and our military every second. Our major product lines are on-board virtually every aircraft flying. Be it keeping passengers safe with our emergency power generation systems, or creating a positive in flight experience through reliable cabin pressure controls and quieter engines, Power & Controls focuses on delivering a best-in-class experience to our customers. We hire the top people in the industry. Their ideas drive our performance, and their integrity keeps our customers happy. Join us as we take flight!

Collins Aerospace Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


* Please consider the following role type definitions as you apply for this role.

Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance employees, as they are essential to the development of our products.

Hybrid: Employees who are working in Hybrid roles will work regularly both onsite and offsite. Ratio of time working onsite will be determined in partnership with your leader. Candidate must be located near site or have the ability to relocate.

Remote: Employees who are working in Remote roles will work primarily offsite (from home). An employee may be expected to travel to the site location as needed.

Regardless of your role type, collaboration and innovation are critical to our business and all employees will have access to digital tools so they can work with colleagues around the world – and access to Collins sites when their work requires in-person meetings.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:

Medical, dental, and vision insurance

Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees

Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option

Tuition reimbursement

Life insurance and disability coverage

Optional coverages you can buy: Pet Insurance, Home and Auto, additional life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal

Ovia Health, fertility and family planning

Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 5 free counseling sessions

Redbrick – Incentives for a Healthy You

Autism Benefit

Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits

Adoption Assistance

Best Doctors, second opinion program

And more!

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.


Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)

Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other — propel us all higher, again and again.

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

RTX Collins Aerospace / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBRTX-01601273  2023.05.06 

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