Electrical Engineer II-IV (4562)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Charlottesville, Virginia


Description

 

Position Description:

 

Position Summary:

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s mission is to enable forefront research into the Universe at radio wavelengths. In partnership with the scientific community, we:

 

  • Provide world leading telescopes, instrumentation and expertise,
  • Train the next generation of scientists and engineers, and
  • Promote astronomy to foster a more scientifically literate society.

 

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces an opportunity for an Electrical Engineer at the Central Development Laboratory (CDL) in Charlottesville, VA. The CDL develops new technology to enable forefront research in radio astronomy by the scientific community.

 

NRAO offers competitive pay and excellent benefits – medical, dental and vision plans are effective 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. 

 

This position will be the lead project and integration engineer for an exciting new area for NRAO and CDL: the development of advanced spectrum monitoring hardware (ASMH). CDL’s ASMH activity is part of a larger effort to characterize and quantify use of the electromagnetic spectrum at radio astronomy sites, and across the United States for the purposes of improving the efficiency of spectrum usage and enabling new approaches to spectrum management. This effort is part of a greater NSF-led project to develop a National Radio Dynamic Zone (NRDZ).

 

The selectee will be responsible for working with several development teams across CDL in designing, building, testing, and fielding a number spectrum monitoring systems operating approximately from 1 GHz to 100 GHz. This work will include performing receiver system performance analysis, RF link calculations, sub-system testing and characterization (e.g., antennas, preamplifiers, receivers, signal processing, and network layer sub-systems), systems integration, and test and validation.

 

The successful candidate will be the “project champion” within CDL, responsible for working with the greater project team to bring all subsystems together and integrating them into a working whole. This “championing” of the project will also involve reaching out to potential collaborators, contractors, test ranges, and to others to ensure the project is completed on time and tested appropriately. The greater project team includes design engineers, technicians, and the project manager. The selectee will be responsible for working with the PM in ensuring that the ASMH is properly documented, including a concept of operations (CONOPS) document, training materials, and troubleshooting guide. Close coordination with NRAO’s Project Management Department to ensure the ASMH project is executed according to the Integrated Master Schedule and approved budget is a key responsibility for the CDL development team, including the selectee.

 

In addition to technical abilities, this position requires strong interpersonal skills, and the candidate will be expected to carry out his or her duties in compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures.

 

Job Duties Summary

  • Electrical Engineer and systems engineer for CDL’s Advanced Spectrum Monitoring Hardware (ASMH) initiative for systems operating from approximately1 GHz to 100 GHz.
  • Acts as “project champion” within CDL working with the greater project team to bring all subsystems together
  • Responsible for performing receiver system performance analysis, RF link calculations, sub-system testing and characterization (antennas, preamplifiers, receivers, signal processing, and network layer sub-systems), systems integration, and test and verification.
  • Responsible for Interface Control Documents, Concept of Operations, Test Plans, Evaluation Plans, and Verification plans.
  • Works closely with engineers in NRAO’s Central Development Laboratory and NRAO’s Project Management Division.
  • Ensures proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures.
  • Practice proactive compliance with safety policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

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 m.

 

Position Requirements:

 

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, or a closely related field.

 

Preferred Education

An M.S. in electrical engineering or closely related field.

 

Minimum Experience:

At least one-year experience in RF/microwave test and evaluation, basic RF and microwave assembly and construction.

 

Preferred Experience:

Five or more years of experience in RF/microwave test and evaluation, basic RF and microwave assembly and construction.

  • Experience in leading a technical team.
  • Familiarity with millimeter-wave techniques.
  • Experience in spectrum measurement or electronic warfare, direction finding, antenna measurements, and polarization measurements and characterization.

 

Competencies:

 

  • Knowledge of radio frequency circuits and systems
  • Knowledge of digital electronics, and analog and digital signal processing
  • Strong writing, presentation, and documentation skill
  • Demonstrated ability to work at a systems level and perform systems performance analysis
  • Experience with RF systems testing and analysis.

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a diverse team.

 

Application Instructions:

 

Select the “Apply” button. Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position. The position will be open until filled however, applicants will be screened upon receipt.

 

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/V/D)

 

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