Avionics Hardware RF Communication Engineer


DESCRIPTION:  As part of a unique and highly-skilled avionics hardware team, the RF Communications Engineer will own the design, development, and verification test of high-performance communications systems for various flight vehicles.  Domain knowledge for this role includes:
  • Knowledge of basic communication physics
  • A familiarity with currently available commercial/aviation grade communications equipment
  • Proficiency with system-level communication engineering such as link budget calculations
  • Ability to anticipate, troubleshoot, and resolve issues in a fast-paced, hands-on, team environment
  • Requirements development, performance modeling and simulation, component/algorithm selection and design, qualification and acceptance test planning and execution, and performance/status reporting
  • Architect communications system solutions using a mixture of custom and COTS communications hardware; then design, integrate, and test flight hardware assemblies for functionality/robustness against requirements
  • Serve as the technical focal for the communications system during test and flight operations;  participate in operations, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and post-test data analysis of communications systems
  • System Engineering:  conduct architecture and design, performance, risk, safety, operation and cost optimization trade studies, and lead/conduct design reviews for communications systems
  • B.S. degree or higher in an applicable field (electrical engineering, physics, etc.)
  • 5+ years of experience in design, development, test and operation of complex RF communication systems
  • Digital signal processing algorithm design, modeling, simulation and verification experience
  • Software defined radio implementation (phase/frequency/timing loops, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience and proficiency with RF lab test equipment (signal generator, spectrum analyzer, VNA, TDR, etc.)
  • Desire to work hands-on, both independently and as part of a team, throughout the development and production phases of the communication systems product lifecycle
  • High attention to detail and strong task ownership;  must demonstrate pride in all work
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Knowledge of communications site analysis, transmitter and receiver orientation and location. Able to read co-site analysis, determine optimal antenna orientation, and verify with a spectrum analyzer
  • Digital and analog circuit and filter design, simulation, assembly, and test experience
  • Experience with launch vehicle communication systems hardware development, integration, and test
  • Design of complex communications systems on rockets and ground support equipment
  • Experience with data analysis, programming and scripting (Matlab, Winplot, C/C++, Python, etc.)
  • Knowledge of systems engineering practices, integration processes, and quality control