RF Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., is seeking an RF Engineer to design, test, and integrate GPS-based systems.

Job Summary:

Develop custom RF and analog systems of importance to the Department of Defense, including rapidly deployed prototype systems and high-reliability missile-borne systems. Support all phases of a project including concept development, electrical design, hardware development, test-station development, laboratory testing, field testing, and integration.


  • Design, develop, analyze, and test RF/analog circuits and systems, including flight-qualified electronics for GPS-based systems and analog signal monitoring and conditioning circuits. Specific duties include system and circuit simulation, detailed circuit design, prototyping, RF characterization, testing, assembly and fabrication oversight, and qualification testing of hardware. Systems include filters, low noise amplifiers (LNAs), antennas, mixers, phase-locked loops (PLLs), frequency synthesizers, power amplifiers, and DC-to-DC converters. (70%)
  • Oversee fabrication and assembly of hardware systems. (10%)
  • Perform test and evaluation of flight RF and analog hardware assemblies and subassemblies using complex RF test equipment. Generate and publish test procedures and test results.(10%)
  • Perform integration testing of flight hardware.(10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or other related technical field, or 3 to 5 years experience in RF or analog hardware design, test, and integration of RF systems.
  • Ability to operate test and measurement equipment, e.g. multimeters, signal generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, power meters, noise figure analyzers, and signal source analyzers.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with technical team members and leaders.
  • Ability to create accurate, detailed, professional documents and reports.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task across concurrent projects.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience designing or testing RF circuits
  • Familiarity with flight hardware or other high-reliability systems
  • Familiarity with layout, assembly, and test of printed circuit boards/assemblies

Special Working Conditions:

  • Occasional travel to support meetings and field tests
  • Occasional work requirements outside normal working hours
  • Occasional work in closed areas

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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