Principal RF Engineer

Leonardo DRS
Germantown, MD
Sep 28, 2022
Oct 04, 2022
Full Time
Leonardo DRS is a prime contractor, leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and defense contractors worldwide. The company specializes in naval and maritime systems, ground combat mission command and network computing, global satellite communications and network infrastructure, avionics systems, and intelligence and security solutions. Additionally, the company builds power systems and electro-optical/infrared systems for a wide range of commercial customers. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Leonardo DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo SpA For additional information on DRS, please visit our website at www.leonardodrs.comJob ID: 103413 The Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business is a global leader and strategic partner committed to delivering world-class, full life-cycle defense and intelligence products that protect the security of our nation and our allies. From air combat training to state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems, our technology is deployed by virtually all US military and government agencies around the world.Our facility is currently located in Germantown, MD. Our business is experiencing growth in multiple market areas and as a result we are excited to announce that in January 2023 we will be in our newly built facility located just south of Frederick, off I-270. This modern facility, with ESG initiatives and surrounding green spaces, offers many amenities quickly accessible to this attractive location. Job Summary DRS Signal Solutions is hiring an experienced Electrical Engineer IV (RF) in our Germantown, MD office. In this role, you will be lead the design, development, modification and analysis of RF/Microwave analog circuits in a broadband frequency range of 20 MHz to 20 GHz. Design modules include Synthesizers, Exciters, Pre-selectors, Up/Down Converters, Exciters and link budget analysis. Must be familiar with major system level receiver testing. Some remote flexibility permitted*. Job Responsibilities Troubleshoot radios and systems to component level and perform design changes to improve performance RF hardware research, design, and development of state of the art heterodyne and software defined radio systems Perform design and analysis tasks on electronic and electromechanical hardware including circuit boards, electro-mechanical devices, and electronics packaging of components Analyze new product designs and communicate technical information as to how and why it works the way it does to support staff Ability to perform complex investigations and presenting them in a concise manner along with outlining tradeoffs Knowledge of Digital circuitry design High speed VPX backplane interfaces Power supply design, conditioning and EM filtering Work with outside vendors and quality team to address material discrepancies Work with cross-functional teams to meet manufacturability, testability and other design for manufacturing requirements for volume production Design and conduct engineering experiments and evaluate and act upon test results Perform detailed design of RF circuitry Cascaded gain, noise figure, and intercept point analysis Spurious analysis Impact of filter response on 2nd order performance Initial estimation of signal flow on defined board area Proper usage of mixers Synthesizer phase noise derivation Microwave filter simulation and yield prediction Printed filter design, and simulation Generate filter specifications to meet the tuner requirements Direct layout specialist to fit design in allotted space Product qualification includes: Responsible for conducting and supporting engineering tests and detailed experiments in support of customer applications Responsible for writing the integration and test plan and procedure documentation Perform subsystem and radio level verification and validation testing using formal techniques Outlining new testing requirements and assets required to support the product Project support includes: Design sensitivity/optimization studies, preliminary and final design, component selection, integration and test support, materials selection, design documentation and collaboration with manufacturing operations Prepare periodic status presentations for management Work with obsolescence team to mitigate obsolete devices through redesign of RF sub-assemblies Introduce designs into manufacturing through new product introduction processes Determine radio and process improvements to increase test yields and product quality Identify, track and resolve assigned hardware defects through board level functional analysis followed by design updates and/or board repair Qualifications BS Engineering or other technical discipline and a minimum of 8+ years of experience including 6 years in RF product development, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience MS Engineering preferred Proficient in Excel for charting results Exposure to test scripting programming languages such as LabVIEW, Python, Matlab Proven record of accomplishment of taking designs from concept through the product development cycle Proficient in the use of basic test equipment such as spectrum analyzer, signal generators, oscilloscopes, power meters Ability to troubleshoot radios and systems to component level and perform design changes to improve performance RF hardware research, design, and development of state of the art heterodyne and software defined radio systems Experience with frequency bands from 20 MHz to 20000 MHz Proven leadership qualities and ability to mentor junior engineers DOD Security clearance preferred *This position has the option of being either fully onsite in our Germantown facility or partly remote (onsite Tues-Thurs). Must live within commuting distance of the facility regardless of choice. Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #LI-TG1 #LI-HYBRID

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