Electronics Engineer II-IV, RF/Microwave (4576)

Engineers, Technical Specialists and Technicians Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is seeking to hire a qualified Electronics Engineer to work with a large team responsible for developing, maintaining, and operating Front End Radio Frequency electronics equipment used on the Very Large Array, the Very Long Baseline Array, and for the proposed Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA).  Experience in working with similar systems and within the radio astronomy community is highly desirable.


The NRAO is committed to maintaining its existing Observatories while developing new technology to enable forefront research into the universe at radio wavelengths. This development of many technical systems occurs in a collaborative environment that involves technicians, hardware and software engineers, and scientists. By joining NRAO, an employee has a direct contribution to expanding the Observatory’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment used by scientists around the world. This work requires specific technical competence, collaboration, time management skills, and expert judgement.


This position is based in Socorro, New Mexico at the Domenici Science Operations Center.


Job Duties Summary

The engineer will work both independently and within a dynamic team environment to support existing telescope electronics hardware and ongoing developments for both future projects.


General Duties:

  • Investigations into system performance problems, involving complex interactions and limited monitoring tools, and determination of recommended corrective actions.
  • Characterization of various systems and subsystems using theoretical analyses, computer simulations, and direct measurements.
  • Troubleshooting, repairing, and testing of PCBs, electronic assemblies, and VLA antenna and array electronic subsystems.
  • Designing, quoting, procuring, building, testing, installing, and monitoring assigned equipment.
  • Documentation and presentation of designs.


Front End Engineering Duties:

  • Assist with design, assembly, documentation, and development of dewars, Front End support electronics, and integrated test equipment racks.
  • Assist with procurement and testing on OMTs, couplers, amplifiers, cables and waveguides.
  • Participate in regular Front End design, development, and maintenance activities at the VLA.


Other duties may be assigned for all positions based on the applicant’s skills and the Observatory’s needs.


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a laboratory environment, but the successful candidate may occasionally be required to work outdoors or climb on antennas to heights greater than 40 feet above the ground.  The successful candidate may be required to travel domestically and internationally by air carrier and to travel by car between NRAO sites.


Most work will be performed on a computer at a desk or a lab bench for extended periods. Will occasionally be required to lift and carry heavy lab equipment (up to 40 pounds) for relocation or installation of test apparatus, and to squat, kneel, or crawl to reach electrical/physical connections in tight spaces behind racks of under lab benches.



Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a closely related field


Preferred Education

An M.S. in Electrical Engineering or closely related field


Minimum Experience

One or more years of experience in design, manufacture, and/or maintenance and repair of some or all of the following technical areas: cryogenic receiver systems (front ends), antenna RF systems, and IF systems (e.g. oscillators and mixers)


Preferred Experience

Five or more years of experience as described above.


Competency Summary

The successful candidate will have skills and demonstrated competencies in the following areas:

  • A strong foundation in electrical or electronics engineering.
  • Knowledge of RF, analog, and digital circuit design along with specific test and measurement techniques.
  • Use of various types of electronics test equipment and familiarity with automated test setups to support general test and measurement.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Good documentation and communication skills.




Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button below.  Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position.  Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.


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.