Senior RF GPS/Telemetry Design 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 a Senior RF GPS/Telemetry Design Engineer

Job Summary: The RF and Analog System Development section of the GNSS and SATRACK Systems group develops custom RF and analog systems used for evaluating our Nation's strategic deterrent systems and other systems of importance to the Department of Defense. The section develops both missile-based flight-qualified systems and prototype systems that are rapidly deployed to demonstrate new capabilities. With frequencies of interest ranging from 100 kHz to 10 GHz, the section maintains a broad expertise in phase-locked loop design, power amplification, and DC-to-DC converters. As a member of the section, you will support all phases of a project from concept development and design, test-station development, laboratory testing, and concluding with field testing. The section's projects typically consist of teams of 3-10 multi-disciplinary staff members.


  • Analog/RF systems and circuit analysis and design of flight-qualified electronics for GPS-based systems. RF downconverter, phase-locked synthesizer, power amplifiers, and DC-to-DC converter design and analysis. Analog signal monitoring and conditioning circuit design and analysis. (40%)
  • System and circuit level simulation, detailed circuit design, breadboarding, RF characterization, testing, fabrication oversight and qualification of hardware. (20%)
  • Perform test and evaluation of flight RF and analog hardware assemblies and subassemblies using complex RF test equipment (network analyzer, spectrum analyzer, signal source analyzer, noise figure/gain analyzer, etc.); generate and publish test plans, procedures and test results. (20%)
  • Support system level design trades for RF-based systems (link margin analysis, trade-offs between size, weight, power, and capabilities, etc.) in support of sponsor engagement (aka business development) activities. (10%)
  • Lead projects teams of 3-10 team members consisting of RF designers and associated packaging, structural, thermal, and parts engineers and technicians. (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 with 7 years experience in RF and analog hardware design and test and integration of RF systems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively interact with technical team members and leaders.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task across jobs.
  • Ability to effectively lead teams of 3-10 people.
  • Ability to evaluate system-level design trades.
  • Ability to support sponsor engagement activities (prepare briefings, in-person meetings, etc.).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or other related technical field.
  • Flight electronics design experience.
  • Familiarity with flight hardware systems, configuration management and IPC J-STD-001 and A-610 standards.

Special Working Conditions:

  • Occasional week-long travel to support meetings and field tests.
  • Occasional work requirements outside normal working hours to support 24/7 tests.
  • Occasional travel to remote locations.
  • 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

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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