RF/Microwave Engineer II or III (4603)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Charlottesville, Virginia


Description

 

Position Description:

 

Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking full time RF Engineers (NRAO’s classification: Engineer, open rank) 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.  Multiple positions are available in the Millimeter/Submillimeter receiver group that is responsible for developing components for use in cryogenic radio astronomy receivers.

 

RF Engineer A” is expected to become the resident expert on all the practical, hands-on aspects of construction and testing of millimeter wave assemblies and will teach and assist technicians in constructing and testing these assemblies.  The successful candidate must also have extensive knowledge of the principles of receiver testing and evaluation, is comfortable using millimeter wave and sub-millimeter wave test equipment, and is also knowledgeable of wire bonding, wafer dicing, and lapping.  This person must possess a basic understanding of analog and digital circuits as required to facilitate the construction and debugging of components.

 

RF Engineer B” understands the principles of receiver testing and evaluation and is comfortable using millimeter wave and sub-millimeter wave test equipmentThis person must possess a basic understanding of analog and digital circuits as required to facilitate the construction and debugging of components.

 

Successful candidates for both positions must be good technical writers, possess excellent communication skills, be detail oriented, and be able to thoroughly document test results using Microsoft Word and Excel.  All positions require a methodical, self-starting team player who’s comfortable in a diverse, research environment.

 

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 candidates will be responsible for, but not limited to:

 

  • RF Engineer A
    • Fabricating, testing, and measuring cryogenic circuits operating at millimeter wave and sub-millimeter wave frequencies
    • Hands-on engineer who is comfortable performing considerable micro-assembly work
    • Building, operating, and debugging electronic test systems, including cryogenic test systems employing vacuum equipment.
    • Troubleshooting cryogenic/vacuum systems
    • Performing detailed measurements of the noise performance and gain characteristics of cryogenic mixers and amplifiers
  • RF Engineer B
    • Testing cryogenic assemblies operating at millimeter wave and sub-millimeter wave frequencies
    • Building, operating, and debugging electronic test systems, including cryogenic test systems employing vacuum equipment.
    • Performing detailed measurements of the noise performance and gain characteristics of cryogenic mixers and amplifiers
    • Assist in laying out millimeter wave components in receivers to maximize both performance and maintainability.

Work Environment

The work is primarily in a laboratory environment and successful candidates must be able to sit or stand at a bench for sustained periods. Visual acuity and manual dexterity are required, and some positions require lifting and carrying 50 pounds.

 

Position Requirements:

 

Minimum Education

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

Preferred Education

Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

Minimum Experience

RF Engineer A: At least 2 years of experience in electronics circuits and RF or microwave systems with some knowledge of micro-assembly. RF Engineer B: At least 1 year of experience in electronics circuits and RF or microwave systems.  Candidates with more years of experience will be considered for positions with a higher-level position classification.

Preferred Experience

RF Engineer A: At least 3 years of post-degree experience in electronics circuits and RF or microwave systems and comfortable with micro-assembly. RF Engineer B: At least 2 years of post-degree experience with radio frequency or microwave systems. 

 

Ideal candidates for both positions are experienced with millimeter and sub-millimeter wave circuits and measurements, vector network analyzers, noise test systems, and cryogenic/vacuum systems.

Competency Summary

  • Comfortable graphing in Microsoft Excel and writing reports in Word.
  • All positions require highly organized individuals with excellent attention to details
  • Good communication skills

 

Application Instructions:

 

Select the “Apply” button.  Be prepared to upload your current 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.
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