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 a Junior Software Engineer – Radar Production to join our Geointelligence Engineering Team at our Cantley, Quebec office.

Corporate: Supporting all of MDA’s three business areas in GeoIntelligence, Robotics & Space Operations, and Satellite Systems, our Corporate team knows from experience that working in a hands-on learning environment enables us to collaborate across disciplines and get the job done. From HR and Finance to IT and Communications, we are all committed to reaching new heights and advancing humanity’s place in the universe and here on Earth.

MDA’s Radar Production facility is the primary processor of RADARSAT-2 data downlinked in Canada and responsible for the Data Reception Monitoring, Processing and Delivery of both RADARSAT-2 and RADARSAT Constellation Missions.   As such, Radar Production is staffed to cover reception and processing activities for all downlinks to Canadian Facilities. 20/24 hr, 7 days/week. The facility, adjacent to the Gatineau Satellite Station monitors receptions, SAR processing, and the delivery of SAR data for these multiple SAR sensors. This includes processing and quality assurance of SAR data, near-real-time delivery of products and value added image analysis.  These analysis products are the information extraction from SAR for clients requiring the capture and conversion of various formats, and techniques and applications of SAR, with a focus on Maritime Security using SAR for vessel detection. Radar Production also serves as a key interface for MDA Client Services and international clients regarding technical questions related to all satellites handled by GSI and often-requiring support for GSI development and project initiatives.

As our Junior Software Engineer, you will work on our programs such as Chorus Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Satellite, RADARSAT-2 and RADARSAT Constellation Mission. You will work as part of a technical team to develop new capabilities, enhance existing capabilities and deliver solutions to our customers.

As part of your growth and development, we will work with you to establish your development actions alongside regular progress reviews. You are likely to move through various projects to gain the experience and knowledge to progress your career with us.


  • Create engineering solutions to achieve the mission of our customers in a cost-effective way
  • Follow industry and corporate quality standards and best practices
  • Plan work, provide effort estimates, and drive your work to completion
  • Design, code, test, integrate, deploy, debug and document high quality software
  • Troubleshoot problems in a fast-paced, continuous integration environment
  • Participate in integration, testing and deployment of applications
  • Assist in troubleshooting problems in the production environments
  • Learn, Identify and incorporate new technology in line with long-term goals
  • Contribute to the continual improvement of our development processes
  • Provide support to ensure stable, reliable desktop and IT infrastructure systems to MDA user communities and customers
  • Be willing to travel to Richmond BC and/or Montreal QC to meet other MDA teams, and participate in integration and verification events, as required


  • Experience in Python, JavaScript, or Typescript
  • Knowledge of containerization (Docker) and service orchestration frameworks like Kubernetes and Rancher
  • Knowledge of microservice architectures and RESTful APIs
  • An understanding of modern software architectures, object oriented design, and software design patterns
  • Ability to quickly learn on the job
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Team oriented approach
  • Adhere to, and support, IT policies and procedures
  • Provide 24 * 7 on-call cellular support with remote access from home

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 SECRET status level, pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP).

The candidate must hold a valid drivers license (Site is approximately 30minutes from Downtown Ottawa).

Desired Qualifications

  • A University Degree in computer science, software engineering, or a combination of related education and experience
  • Thorough knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems.
  • Bilingual (English and French) is an asset

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.

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.

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Canada, Cantley, Quebec
Posted 6 months ago
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