Electronics Engineer III-IV (4956)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a diverse, exciting, and prestigious research facility that plays a vital role in the study of the universe. The Observatory operates a variety of radio telescopes that span the globe, including the famous Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. These telescopes are among the most advanced in the world, allowing astronomers to explore the universe in unprecedented detail.


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces an Electronics Engineer opportunity in the Electronics Division at the Domenici Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM.


The Electronics Engineer works with a team of engineers, technicians, and other technical staff responsible for electronic systems across multiple NRAO telescopes.


What You Will be Doing:

Electronics Engineers at the NRAO have an opportunity to work on state-of-the-art electronic systems using a wide variety of test equipment, tools, and engineering techniques. The duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:


        Troubleshooting complex problems with electronic assemblies

        Using a wide variety of electronic test equipment

        Working with computerized maintenance management systems

        Traveling to remote telescope sites

        Working with vendors to source parts and outsource maintenance tasks

        Collaborating with team members and NRAO science staff

        Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment

Work is typically performed in an office and lab-based research or development environment. Must be able to operate a personal computer. May occasionally work at high altitudes. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Occasional travel will be required.


Who You Are:


        You have a bachelor’s in electronics engineering or closely related discipline.

        While it is not a requirement, you may have an advanced degree in electronics engineering or closely related discipline.


        You have at least Three years of relevant experience in in the duties described above.

        While not required, you may have four or more years of direct experience, including operations planning, in the operation of a facility in addition to the minimum experience described above. Prior inventory management system experience is highly preferable.


        self-motivation, leading to a capability for independent work

        Ability to work within a large, diverse, maintenance team

        Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

        General circuit design for analog, RF, and digital systems

        Use of test equipment for DC, AC, and RF circuit analysis

        Basic networking

        Basic digital/FPGA design

        Basic business software use (Word, Visio, etc.)

        Basic software development (Python, MATLAB, etc.)

Preferred Competencies

        engineering software (schematic capture, circuit analysis, etc.)

        advanced digital design with HDL and IP blocks

        obsolescence management

        production engineering


Total Rewards:


The NRAO offers a comprehensive total rewards package for this position, subject to eligibility requirements. We are committed to serving our employees and their families with an extensive and competitive compensation and benefits package that supports our employees’ overall well-being and career growth.



The NRAO strives to attract and retain dedicated, highly qualified, competent, and motivated employees by offering competitive compensation and recognition for performance.


Factors which may affect starting pay may include; education, experience, skills, competencies, other qualifications of the successful candidate, as well as internal equity and labor market conditions



NRAO’s benefits package addresses the needs of employees and their families with most benefits beginning on the first day of employment. NRAO provides excellent paid time off (13 holidays, annual accrual of up to 24 vacation days and 15 sick days, additional time off for doctor/dentist visits, and 8 weeks of paid parental leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective on the first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay with no required employee contribution; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button. Please be prepared to upload your current CV/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 http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs. 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.