RF Engineer

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RF Engineer

Roles and responsibilities

Must be a US Citizen
11 month contract position with potential for extension
W2 with full benefits 
Must be able to pass background check and drug screen

Job Description:
The RF Engineer you will be working for JPL's The RF Radar Electronics Group. The group designs, implements, and tests radio frequency (RF) components and systems for space-borne and airborne radar systems. The group also works on technology development in the areas of active phased arrays, RF circuits and hybrids.

There are two primary tasks in this position.
1. Will be responsible for working with a subcontractor to design and build High Power Coax (150 Watts) used in an L-Band SAR system. This may include the design and analytical performance evaluation and trade studies, feasibility assessments, systems engineering, software simulation, prototyping or assistance with prototyping efforts.
2. Will be responsible for generating specifications for a custom high power ground support equipment that will interface with a radar system. The individual will be responsible for the assembly and deliver of the ground system equipment either built by the individual or contracted out to an outside source. Must have an understanding and familiarity with High Power RF cables for use in vacuum (no multipaction) +52 dBm), High Power RF cables for use in ambient. (+52 dBm), High Power RF thermal-vacuum chamber feed-through(s), High power couplers, Combiners/splitters, Switches, Isolators, and Low power RF interconnect cables.

Required Skills:
Must have an understanding of High Power RF Components, Multipaction (testing and analysis), construction of coax cables, and RF testing in Vacuum.

Desired Skills:
• Knowledge of RF concepts, s-parameters, network analyzer calibration, & RF test equipment.
• Understanding of RADAR concepts.
• Knowledge of Transmit Receive Module function.
• Use of Spark3D a big plus.
• Ability to use electrical bench checkout equipment (DC power supplies and oscilloscope)
• Familiarity with Test and evaluate RF performance and stability of a Fiber-optic delay line (FODL).
• Experience in reading and comprehending drawings/schematics, test procedures, and assembly instructions, working with engineering and able to solve moderate problems.
• Interface well with peers in a team atmosphere, customers and quality assurance personnel.
• Minimal supervision requiring no instructions on routine work or new assignments.
• Self-reviews routine and new work assignments for adequacy and accuracy. Others review work to ensure the established goals and objectives are met.
• Takes responsibility and ownership of own and team’s work.

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