RF Test Engineer

Introduction: 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 experienced engineer for RF systems testing and evaluation.

Job Summary: Perform test and evaluation activities in support of the National Command Systems (QKN) Group’s Nuclear Command and Control Communications assessments within the Communications Systems Branch (QKB).

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

  • Perform field testing of DoD RF systems and components, conducting field surveys, deploying and troubleshooting hardware, and acquiring data using COTS and proprietary software. (20%)
  • Perform testing of DoD RF systems and components under laboratory conditions. (10%)
  • Develop metrics and methods for analyzing test data. Perform data analysis using COTS and proprietary software. (25%)
  • Generate reports, and provide formal briefs detailing results and recommendations. (20%)
  • Develop test plans and procedures for activities relating to RF and EMI measurement and analysis. (20%)
  • Work with group leadership to make capital purchases of needed testing equipment, materials, and analysis software. (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:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field with 5 years of professional experience in RF system testing and spectral analysis.
  • Skilled in use of laboratory test equipment.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Active Top Secret clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field with 10 years of professional experience in RF system testing and spectral analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on, write, and present technical material to a knowledgeable audience.
  • Experience designing/developing data collection devices.
  • Programming experience with LabView.

Special Working Conditions (travel, working in closed areas, extended hours): Semi-frequent travel for field testing and for meetings with sponsors and system operators.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. 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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