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Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 18 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Some travel may be required.
Labor Category: Electrical Engineer II
Join our Applied Electromagnetics Group. The RF Microwave Engineer II will individually design, fabricate and test mixed-signal systems including filters, mixers, I/Q demodulators, intermediate-frequency high power and low-noise amplifiers and filers, RF switches, digital attenuators, analog-todigital converters, synthesizers, digitally-controlled pre-amplifiers and associated components for both ground and flight applications. The job will involve hands on work in fabricating and testing sophisticated RF components, in particular Low-Noise Amplifiers (LNAs).
-The position includes but not limited to:
• Implement advanced LNA design for cryogenic environments.
• Simulator RF designs in Altium, PSpice, and HFFSS.
• Assemble and test RF amplifiers for low-noise systems and high-power systems.
• Perform research and development in the area of LNA systems, with emphasis on new device testing and evaluation.
• Design, assemble and build cryogenics systems for low noise applications.
• Work in ground system environments, and occasionally in support of flight projects, for development of LNA and high-power solid-state amplifiers using semiconductors such as GaN.
• Oversee and perform testing of RF subsystems, including noise temperature and RF measurements typical to amplifiers.
• Participate in technology development for future ground-based LNA systems, including technology proposal development.
• Performs moderately complex job functions and activities within assigned area.
• Searches, consolidates, and evaluates data of RF and/or microwave systems architectures, assemblies, and sub-assemblies. Reports on finding and technical evaluation to other engineers.
• Partners with other engineers in the performance of analysis and testing for RF passive and active components.
• Works on day-to-day assignments under general supervision; typically receiving general or detailed instructions on new assignments.
• Work is reviewed for accuracy and overall adequacy.
• As needed, provides work direction to other personnel or part time students.
• Travel to domestic and foreign work sites. Travel to include providing support to DSN Complexes (domestic and international) for implementation/upgrade of existing and new designs.
• Climb large structures (for example the DSN 70m antenna).
• Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• Bachelors in Electrical Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar discipline with a minimum of 1 year of related experience; or PhD in similar discipline with a minimum of 0 years related experience.
• A minimum GPA of 3.0
• General understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in amplifiers for low noise application in microwave subsystems.
• Knowledge of RF device simulation at the amplifier-model level.
• General knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in microwave/RF subsystems.
• Complete working knowledge of microwave-amplifier design tools such as KeySight ADS, Microwave Office, PSpice, and Altium
• Skills in RF modeling included working knowledge of HFSS, CST or similar commercial analytical simulators/tools.
• Must be familiar with laboratory test equipment including network analyzers, power meters, spectrum analyzers and oscilloscopes.
• Must possess strong skills in low-noise amplifier design.
• Experience with mechanical design and fabrication.
Desired Skills :
• Strong background in microwave engineering
• Strong understanding of RF amplifier design at the chip level
• Understanding of power supplies and electrical circuit analysis for analog circuits
• Possesses creativity and is capable to innovate designs in an evolutionary manner
• Ability to work independently and collaborative in a team environment
• Leadership skills with an ability to lead other
• Good written and verbal skills
• Strong computer-programming skills particularly in C and Matlab
• Desire to develop expertise in low-noise, RF, cryogenically cooled amplifiers from both RF and mechanical design/packaging aspects.
• Experience with computer aided design tools for mechanical drawing and thermal simulation such as SolidWorks or Ansoft.
• Coursework in RF low-noise amplifiers, microwaves, S-parameters, advanced analog/digital system design, semiconductor devices physics and modeling, and electromagnetics.
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