Lab Technician (Technical Specialist) (4821)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Charlottesville, Virginia


Position Description:

Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking a full-time technician at the Central Development Laboratory (CDL) in Charlottesville, VA to work in the Millimeter/Submillimeter receiver group.


The technician will fabricate microwave and millimeter-wave components for use in radio astronomy receivers. This position requires experience assembling electronic components under a microscope, in some cases assembling microcircuit chips with dimensions of a fraction of a millimeter as well as testing sensitive electronic devices.


Job duties Summary

Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


• Assembly of millimeter wave and microwave circuits.

• Testing millimeter wave and microwave circuits and systems.

• Recording and analyzing test data.

• Track and maintain lab supplies and parts and reorder as necessary


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective the first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; and we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.

Work Environment

The work is primarily in a laboratory environment.


Position Requirements:

Minimum Education

Associate’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Minimum Experience

Minimum of 3 years of professional experience fabricating radio frequency or microwave components or systems.


Preferred Experience

Experience using a manually controlled wire bonder is desirable as well as experience with common RF and microwave measurement equipment.


Competency Summary

Applicants must be methodical, motivated team players who are comfortable in a diverse research environment. Good writing and communication skills are required to keep records and document the work. All applicants must be comfortable using MS Word and Excel to manage and graph measurement results.


Physical Requirements

The candidate must be able to sit or stand at a bench for sustained periods. Visual acuity and manual dexterity are required, and this position requires lifting and carrying 50 pounds.

Additional Requirements

The Observatory has determined that all employees who intend to be physically present in the facilities and employees who work in safety sensitive positions are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with our AUI vaccine policy and provide proof of full vaccination prior to your start date.


To be considered, you must be a United States citizen or permanent resident as this position is not eligible for work authorization sponsorship.


Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button. You will need to be prepared to upload your current resume and a cover letter describing interest and suitability for the position.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected].



The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.