The ISIS System Architect is part of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt University and is a manager responsible for leading teams of engineers in developing advanced system and software engineering tools, extending the capabilities of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) processes. This position will perform analysis and design for advanced research projects, developing architectures for target systems and tools. Work with sponsors to determine technical requirements, propose and present solutions, and work with teams to create an approach for a research plan. Familiarity with complex, cyber physical systems in aerospace and military systems is needed, and the ability to understand the factors and challenges associated with modeling, analysis and design of these systems.
Align the Institute's Model Based Engineering core research with engineering standards development programs (e.g. the Future Airborne Capabilities Environment). Specify, design, and manage the implementation of tools. Contribute to a range of programs and ongoing research efforts at the institute. Work with teams to develop proposals for potential funding sources. Reporting directly to the Research Associate Professor in ISIS, the ISIS System Architect will develop and present materials concerning analysis/results to sponsors and scientific community.
About the Department:
The Institute for Software Integrated Systems conducts basic and applied research in the area of systems and information science and engineering. Applications of its technology span a wide range of software-intensive systems from small embedded devices, through real-time distributed systems, to globally deployed complex systems. Software is increasingly essential to the functions of these systems, and it is also the primary means of adapting them to their environments and users. Our research interests lie in the theoretical foundations, modeling, design, engineering, and educational aspects of these systems.
About Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university's students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.
Key Functions and Expected Performance:
Direct day to day project activities, including leading engineering and/or software design, implementation, analysis, maintenance or experimentation, architecting small to medium size software systems.
Lead team in modeling and analysis of discipline-specific engineering problems.
Lead development and maintenance of discipline-specific software systems and/or engineering tools
Specify the architecture and make architectural decisions for specific areas in a research project or for a smaller research project (1-2 research engineers)
Develop, recommend and/or define discipline-specific engineering tests and new technical standards
Maintain familiarity with and expertise in emerging technologies and techniques related in order to support and further project and research goals
Engage in strategy development and execution to support and further project and research goals
Provide leadership, motivation and direction to team members such that project goals and direction are clearly delineated, explained and evaluated. Ensure project coordination among research team, Principal Investigator and external government or industry sponsors
Direct delivery of technical progress reports/presentations in written and oral forms to sponsors, departmental research staff and faculty.
Manage sponsor/research team/Principal Investigator communications effectively and professionally
Create progress reports and ensure submission of timely technical reports to sponsors and Principal Investigators as required
Develop and present materials concerning analysis/results to sponsors and scientific community
Direct technical documentation and reporting oversight.
Review documentation created by research engineers for accuracy. Ensure accuracy of all systems within project research area and scope of responsibilities
Oversee project and research progress, and consult with individuals and research team as needed to evaluate progress of project/research
Evaluate team members' collective documentation of systems and research for accuracy and completeness
This position does have supervisory responsibility and reports administratively and functionally to Research Associate Professor in ISIS.
Key Characteristics of a Successful Team Member in this Work Unit:
Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; make them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well. Doesn't expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves. Finds ways to acknowledge other's strong suits.
Adaptability – Reads cues and adapt accordingly. Adjusts style and approach to accommodate the styles and needs of others. Can anticipate and effectively de-escalate potential conflicts.
Naturally Communicates – Readily shares information and is comfortable working within a highly collaborative team. Communicates proactively. Understands that open communication and the sharing of knowledge is fundamental to the success of the team. Asks for advice, and considers it thoughtfully.
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.