RF Systems Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Laurel, MD
Nov 23, 2021
Dec 04, 2021
Full Time
Are you interested in advances in microwave/RF technologies and how they enable system-level benefits?Do you enjoy developing prototypes to validate new concepts?If so The Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems Development Group has an exciting opportunity for an RF engineer who is motivated to make critical contributions to our nation's defense in the area of phased arrays systems and technology. In this position, you will get to work at both the detailed technical level of RF technology and apply knowledge of RF technology to demonstrate and analyze system-level impacts.You will Perform experimental and analytical studies on RF technology such as element-level digital arrays, advanced power amplifiers, and transceiver architecturesDevelop tools to interface with laboratory equipment to assess component and system performance.Work on teams to develop proof-of-concepts and testbeds that leverage laboratory equipment and Software Defined RadiosEngage in over-the-air field testing to validate operation in a realistic environmentCommunicate results and findings with staff and sponsorsQualificationsYou meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have BS degree in any of Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent.3+ years experience in RF hardware development/engineering including requirements analysis, RF system architecture, RF hardware design, simulation, evaluation, maintenance, support, testing, and problem diagnosis3+ years experience with microwave measurement equipment including vector network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, arbitrary waveform generators, oscilloscopes, and signal analyzersStrong MATLAB skillsWillingness to travel up to 10% of the time if neededAre able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Secret level clearance. You will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.You will go above and beyond if you have MS or Ph.D. in the disciplines listed above.Experience with RF PCB design tools and techniquesFamiliarity with RF simulation tools such as HFSS, Momentum, or FEKOExperience with commercial RF transceivers and software-defined radios such as Ettus, bladeRF, HackRFFamiliarity with Digital Signal Processing for phased-array radars or synthetic aperture radarsSome experience working in the field of Electronic Warfare and RFExisting Secret clearance with ability to obtain a Top Secret clearanceWhy work at APL?The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

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