Electronics Engineer I

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Green Bank, West Virginia


              Electronics Engineer I

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West Virginia


Green Bank


United States

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1.0  FTE








Position Description:


The Electronics division of the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) is pleased to announce an opportunity for a Digital Engineer I.  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 divisions and external collaborators 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 digital engineer will be involved in the design and testing of various digital systems for use in radio astronomy, including radio telescope servo systems, the GBT active surface system, embedded systems, and instrumentation systems.  This position requires a motivated person with a high level of organization skills who is comfortable working in an academic environment.



  • Under direct supervision, assist in engineering analysis, design, and execution of projects and systems.
  • Perform engineering and maintenance tasks related to the servo systems of radio telescopes
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, modify and repair existing digital systems.
  • Provide technical details, analysis, and costing information for NSF new instrumentation grant proposals.
  • May 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.




Preferred Experience

At least 2 to 3 years of post-degree experience on digital, analog, mixed signal, or servo systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Competency Summary:

Required Technical Experience:


  • Testing with digital oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and signal generators.
  • Ability to read and interpret schematic diagrams, block diagrams, and mechanical drawings.
  • Hands-on skills and the ability to work comfortably at heights, in exposed locations.
  • Practical troubleshooting skills, from component level to system level.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software products or equivalent.



Desired Technical Experience:


  • PCB layout software such as Autodesk EAGLE.
  • Knowledge of embedded firmware programming.
  • Knowledge of C and Python programming languages.
  • CAD software such as Autocad and Inventor.




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.  Routine duties are performed at heights, requiring a safety harness, along with work on an aerial work platform.  Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


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)