Electronics Engineer II-III (4513)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Charlottesville, Virginia


Position Description:


Position Summary


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is responsible for developing, producing, installing, and supporting millimeter-wave and sub-millimeter wave receivers for the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and for other customers around the world. The Central Development Laboratory (CDL) in Charlottesville, VA develops new technology to enable forefront research in radio astronomy by the scientific community. The CDL’s millimeter/submillimeter receiver team announces an opportunity for an Electronics Engineer to work on the construction and testing of superconducting millimeter-wave receivers.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective 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; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary


Reporting to a research engineer team lead, the ideal candidate will work as a hands on engineer responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Fabricating, testing, and measuring cryogenic circuits operating at millimeter wave and sub-millimeter wave frequencies
  • Performing considerable micro-assembly work
  • Building, operating, and debugging electronic test systems.
  • Performing highly detailed measurements of the noise performance and gain characteristics of cryogenic mixers and amplifiers


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a research or development environment, but you may occasionally be required to work outdoors.  Some domestic and international travel will be required; must be willing to travel at regular intervals within and outside the U.S., including work at the ALMA array site in Chile at an altitude of 5000 meters.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field (such as BSET); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Minimum Experience

At least two years of experience in electronics circuits and radio frequency or microwave systems. Some knowledge of micro-assembly.


Preferred Experience

At least 5 years of experience in electronics circuits and radio frequency or microwave systems.  In addition:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in micro-assembly
  • Experience with millimeter and sub-millimeter wave circuits and measurements
  • Experience with vector network analyzers and noise test systems
  • Experience with cryogenic electronic systems


Competency Summary

The candidate will be expected to carry out his or her duties in compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures while also have the following abilities:

  • A good technical writer and communication skills
  • Detail oriented to thoroughly document test results using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of the principles of receiver testing and evaluation
  • Use of millimeter wave and sub-millimeter wave test equipment
  • Knowledge of wire bonding, wafer dicing, and lapping
  • Understanding of analog and digital circuits
  • Methodical, self-starting team player in a diverse, research environment



Application Instructions:


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