Member of Technical Staff - Software Developer

Kanata, ON/Remote
Added: February 9, 2024
For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.

Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we're leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We’re on the hunt for an Software Developer on our Robotics & Space Operations team at our Kanata office.

With 40 years of operational experience and proven performance on the iconic Canadarm programs including Space Shuttle and International Space Station robotics and operations support, our Robotics & Space Operations team has 100% mission success in making space dreams come true.

As an Intermediate Software Developer, you will be designing, developing, integrating, and testing software for a range of products from embedded robotics-control systems for the Space Station, to integrating rover navigation sensors and software, to developing next-generation 3D LiDAR sensors for space applications.


  • Applying engineering principles to moderately complex or contributing as part of a team to complex projects relating to the design of products or tools
  • May be assigned problems of diverse scope where independent studies, analyses, interpretations and conclusions are made
  • Performs requirements analyses and prepares software specifications
  • Develops software architectural designs
  • Designs, codes and tests software
  • Team lead for larger projects
  • Participates in software and systems integration testing activities
  • Interfaces with customers during requirements definition and design review activities
  • Participates in technical meetings with customers
  • Collaborates with other engineering/project team disciplines

Experience And Qualifications

  • Sc. or equivalent in computer science, math, engineering, or physics
  • Experience in the following areas is mandatory
    • 3+ years of current C++ development
    • Software development under Linux and Windows
  • Experience in the follow areas would be an asset:
    • Qt, Python, MatLab, Java development experience
    • Interfacing to third party libraries such as OpenCV, OpenGL, Embree
    • Developing new products / experience in the full software development lifecycle
    • Low level software development / FPGA interface software
    • Familiar with military and/or commercial software development standards
  • Self-motivated with exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented, rapidly changing environment
  • Must be willing to work in a hands-on environment
  • 5+ years of relevant experience
We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

Comments/Special Considerations

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

Benefits Statement

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Equal Opportunity Statement

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.


MDA Ltd. is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodations, please indicate this on your application/cover letter and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

COVID Statement

COVID-19 Hiring Update: Strengthening our workforce is more important than ever to meet our customers’ mission-critical needs. We are continuing to hire many talented people, and we are closely monitoring COVID-19 to ensure safe hiring practices are used. This includes limiting onsite candidate interviews and prioritizing video interviews.