Electronics Engineer II

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Green Bank, West Virginia


The Electronics division of the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) is pleased to announce an opportunity for an RF Engineer II.  Green Bank Operations oversees the development and operation of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the world’s largest fully steerable telescope, as well as numerous other smaller telescopes which are used for a variety of scientific and educational purposes.  Working at wavelengths ranging from 100cm through 3mm, the GBT supports a diverse range of scientific research.


Duties of the electronics division include both maintenance and necessary upgrades of existing systems as well as developing new instrumentation at the cutting edge of science and technology. The members of the electronics division also work with the other organizations on projects related to radio astronomy and the overall mission of the organization. Education and public outreach is a part of each employee’s duties. 


The RF engineer will be involved in the design and testing of microwave receivers for use in radio astronomy, including phased array feed, focal plane array, and ultra-wideband receivers.  These systems are low noise and cryogenic which require construction techniques and experimentation with a variety of materials.  This position requires a motivated person with a high level of organization skills who is comfortable working in an academic environment.



  • Perform system engineering analysis, model components and design cryogenic receivers operating up to 115 GHz.
  • Maintain, trouble shoot, modify and repair existing RF systems.
  • Microwave laboratory noise temperature testing and system characterization.
  • Provide technical details, analysis, and costing information for NSF new instrumentation grant proposals.
  • Antenna range feed pattern measurements and characterization.
  • Provide leadership to technicians, cooperative education students, and/or summer students.
  • Proactive compliance with Observatory and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Preferred Education: An advanced degree in a related field.


Minimum Experience

At least 3 years of post-degree experience on radio frequency or microwave systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Competency Summary:

Required Technical Experience:


  • Experience with 3D modeling software CST, Microwave Office, or equivalent
  • Experience testing with VNA, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, and power meters.
  • Knowledge of microwave system analysis, S parameters, waveguide and coaxial propagation.
  • Knowledge of antenna range fair field measurement techniques.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software products or equivalent.


Desired Technical Experience:


  • Microwave circuit layout and fabrication.
  • Programming with Labview or similar computer software.
  • CAD software such as Autocad and Inventor.
  • Knowledge of phase-locked oscillator principles.
  • Knowledge and experience of RF over fiber techniques.


Work Environment:

Work is primarily in a research environment consisting of desk time, bench work, and laboratory testing. Work involves troubleshooting and repair of electrical and electronic equipment in the field. The candidate must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.  Occasional duties are performed at heights, sometimes requiring a safety harness, along with work on an aerial work platform.


Physical Conditions/Nature of Work:

The position is located at the Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV, an Observatory which combines an academic setting with a rural environment. The successful candidate will join a team of professionals engaged in research and development in the fields of science, engineering, software development, and education.


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


Safety Sensitive

The selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen.  Failure to pass the screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration for a period of six months from the date of the results.


Application Instructions:


Apply online at the Associated University Inc. / NRAO / GBO Careers page; upload CV/Resume and letter of interest.



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