RF Engineer


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an RF Engineer.

Job Summary:

Design, integrate, test, and evaluate RF systems associated with signal exploitation and communication devices and systems for the intelligence community.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Lead and participate in the design and development of RF sensing and communications systems. In coordination with program managers and sponsors, derive technical requirements, identify implementation approaches, and develop prototype systems to sense and exploit signals. (40%)

2. Integrate, test, and evaluate RF signal collection, processing, and communication technologies, devices, and systems. Lead the development of test and evaluation criteria for RF devices at the board, unit, and system levels. Develop and lead execution of detailed procedures for carrying out device characterization tests. Identify test criteria, data collection requirements, and data analysis methodologies. Analyze and report collected test data. (40%)

3. Participate in the field evaluation of RF systems. Rapidly modify/update devices and software in the field according to test results and in response to emergent technical and operational requirements. (15%)

4. Document work in formal technical reports and informal memoranda. Present work to sponsors and the technical community. (5%)

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:

BS degree in electrical engineering, physics, or equivalent with experience in developing and testing RF systems. Strong oral and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, and demonstrated ability to work effectively in small teams and as part of a multi-organizational team.

Desired Qualifications:

MS or PhD degree in electrical engineering, physics, or equivalent. Extensive knowledge of RF communication technologies and devices. Specific expertise in the development, test, and evaluation of RF signal detection and communications systems. Willingness to work on quick-reaction projects in support of sponsors' operational requirements.

Special Working Conditions: Limited travel will be required. Candidates must be eligible for DoD clearance requiring background investigation and/or polygraph. Preference for current SSBI.

Security: The successful candidate will be subject to a government security investigation, must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. 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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