Senior Research Engineer (Remote)

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United States of America


HIA99: Field Office - IA Remote Location, Remote City, IA, 50301 USA

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Are you motivated to work on leading research activities and early-stage product development within the emerging field of Extensible Traffic Management (xTM)?  

We're looking for a Senior Research Engineer to become part of this newly formed team, you will be part of a globally distributed, diverse team of innovators solving some of the most exciting challenges happening in the global connected aviation ecosystem. This is an ideal role for anyone who enjoys researching solutions in the Extensible Traffic Management (xTM) field.  YOU will play a pivotal role in this high growth and high visibility area of the Collins Aerospace company. 

The xTM Engineering group develops prototypes and product concepts exploring topics related to the integration of uncrewed vehicles (drones, both large and small) and advanced air mobility (AAM) platforms into the global air traffic ecosystem. This includes services and infrastructure supporting UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and U-Space, including flight planning/authorization, mission management, airspace situational awareness, airspace demand capacity balancing and air and ground risk mitigation capabilities.

What YOU will do: 

  • You will lead the team’s participation in research and demonstration activities in the extensible traffic management domain 

  • You will participate in the design, implementation, testing, and documentation of software as part of broader product development 

  • You will serve as a representative of the organization in standards creation, rulemaking, and related industry-group collaborations in the xTM space 

  • You will collaborate with a globally distributed team members, customers, and other stakeholders on a variety of services for different markets and use cases to serve the emerging UAS and UAM/AAM markets 

  • You will travel to support conferences, customer meetings, and other activities (up to 15%) 

What YOU will learn: 

  • YOU will  learn to be part of a globally distributed, diverse team of innovators solving some of the most exciting challenges happening in the global connected aviation ecosystem..

  • YOU will learn how to design solutions and lead innovative software systems that will drive the next generation of growth for the aviation industry.

  • YOU will learn to speak and then educate others research activities on the product development of Extensible Traffic Management.

Education & Experience: 

  • Typically requires a University Degree and minimum 5 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 3 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 9 years of relevant experience 

Qualifications you must have: 

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship now or in the future. RTX will not offer sponsorship for this position

  • Experience with self-direction in an unfamiliar or new area. Ability to follow an idea from initial conception to working prototype 

  • Software engineering skills and experience with full-stack webservices development 

  • Experience with industry best practices for webservice development including version control, coding standards, agile development methodology, bug tracking, requirements refinement and validation, formal testing, and application deployment

Skills we value: 

  • Experience in research activities in an air traffic control or UAS related domain 

  • Full-stack webservices development. Experience with Angular or similar preferred. Experience with microservices architectures preferred. 

  • AWS Experience or general cloud hosting experience  

  • Familiarity with geospatial computation/GIS 

  • Alignment any of the following or similar: Angular, OpenLayers, Python, especially with Flask or similar, .NET/C#, gRPC/Protobuf, RESTful interfaces, Docker, Version control (Git preferred)

Collins Aerospace, a RTX 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. 

Connected Aviation Solutions:

Our Connected Aviation Solutions team provides advanced information management systems, products and services that enable the connected ecosystem by bringing together Collins’ unique breadth of aviation, surface transportation and critical infrastructure products with our smart digital solutions to help us enhance every aspect of the end-to-end travel experience. We help airlines, airports, business aircraft and rail operators turn data into value to streamline operations, increase efficiency and reduce cost, enhance the passenger experience, and contribute to sustainable flight. By combining the best networks, connectivity, and data/analytics solutions, we’re solving big problems for our customers and the world, while enhancing the security and connectivity of systems both on and off the aircraft, to help operators and passengers stay more connected and informed and create a more sustainable, efficient, reliable, and enjoyable travel experience. Aviation connects the world. Our Connected Aviation Solutions team connects aviation. Sustainably. Seamlessly. Securely.


This role is also eligible for the Re-Empower Program.  The Re-Empower Program helps support talented and committed professionals as they rebuild their capabilities, enhance leadership skills, and continue their professional journey.  Over the course of the 14-week program, experienced professionals will gain paid, on-the-job experience, have an opportunity to participate in sessions with leadership, develop personalized plans for success and receive coaching to guide their return-to-work experience.  Upon completion of the program, based on performance and contributions participants will be eligible for a career at RTX.

Minimum Program Qualifications
To qualify for the Raytheon Technologies, Re-Empower Program, candidates should:

  • Be on a career break of one or more year at time of application

  • Have prior experience in functional area of interest

  • Have interest in returning in either a full-time or part-time position

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 ensure the role type (defined below) is appropriate for your needs before applying to this role. 

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.

*Position is remote; however, if you live within a reasonable commute of a Collins site with other colleagues you interact with, your manager will discuss whether there is a degree of onsite presence associated with this role.

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 program 

  • Student Loan Repayment Program  

  • Life insurance and disability coverage  

  • Optional coverages you can buy: pet insurance, home and auto insurance, additional life and accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal, ID theft protection 

  • Birth, adoption, parental leave benefits 

  • Ovia Health, fertility, and family planning  

  • Adoption Assistance           

  • Autism Benefit  

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 10 free counseling sessions  

  • Healthy You Incentives, wellness rewards program 

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits  

  • Bright Horizons, child and elder care services 

  • Teladoc Medical Experts, second opinion program  

  •  And more!  


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.  

The salary range for this role is 75,000 USD - 161,000 USD; however, RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills. Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.

RTX 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.

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