Radio Frequency (RF) Field Engineer — Entry to Experienced Level (Japan Location) (1122583)

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Radio Frequency (RF) Field Engineer — Entry to Experienced Level (Japan Location)
Fort Meade, MD

Opening:1122583 (Posted: 2019-02-01 – Closing: 2019-02-28)

Responsibilities
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offensive mission component collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defensive mission component prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information. The need to maintain our core RF Engineering competency is vital to providing the technical capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA’s mission. With the rapid evolution of RF communications, NSA requires a highly talented, diverse and technically focused workforce responsible for designing, developing and deploying systems ranging from short-term and small form-factor to long-term and large-scale; and many combinations in-between. Maintaining our competency requires world class engineers, researchers and developers who operate in teams in areas such as antenna and receiver design, RF signals analysis, end-to-end system design, and emitter location and direction finding techniques in order to design, develop and deploy advanced survey and collection capabilities. In addition, RF Design Engineers will also be expected to provide hands-on support for all aspects of site systems, including the physical labor of maintenance which will include such duties as system calibration, lubrication, cleaning, and repair.

Given the pace of advances in telecommunications environment and myriad of state and non-state adversaries, RF Engineers and Field Operations Officers at the NSA develop the technologies and capabilities to maintain our advantage in both information gathering and national defense. We are looking for RF Field Engineers with strong knowledge of all RF Operation’s assets, from the antennas to the site processing systems and are expected to be intimate with the complex RF path from the antenna feed, to the data center bulkhead, conditioning equipment, distribution switches, demodulator and mission systems.

As an RF Engineer, your responsibilities can include:

– Design, build, test and deploy end-to-end RF systems, from the antenna through follow-on processors.
– Design, build, test and deploy communications systems using software-defined radio (SDR) and SDR frameworks, as well as field programmable gate array (FPGA) technologies.
– Design, develop, construct, test and maintain hardware and software processing components; typically subsystems of communication, collection, processing or analysis systems.
– Conduct RF site surveys and include results in the design and performance assessments of RF systems.
– Work with and/or lead project teams to satisfy operational requirements for RF systems.

Lead new advances in RF engineering and push the leading edge of RF communications technologies:

– Antenna design and beam-forming techniques
– Modulation, demodulation and signal separation techniques
– Low power, space and cooling environments (including embedded systems)
– Telecommunication standards, protocols and topologies
– Compression and other bandwidth optimization techniques
– RF interference detection and mitigation approaches
– Active RF techniques
– Low probability of detection techniques
– Service-oriented architectures

Skills
The ideal candidate is someone with excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills who is able to:

– apply knowledge of communications theory to RF engineering problems
– Perform high-level design, specifying system and component performance and interface requirements
– Develop conceptual designs or models to address requirements
– Analyze problems to determine technical solutions
– Translate conceptual designs into technical specifications
– Decide what architectures will be required to solve technical problems
– Decide what procedures will be required to solve technical problems
– Develop functional, operational, or user requirements
– Develop solution designs
– Evaluate technical proposals
– Identify new and existing products, technologies, and/or architectures to solve design, development, and operational problems
– Optimize system performance through repeated adjustment, testing, and re-adjustment
– Create and maintain documentation of system, subsystem, or equipment life cycle

Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired:

– applying principles, methods, analysis, and applications of radio frequency theory such as radio wave propagation, antenna theory, antenna usage
– applying principles, methods, and applications of communication theory such as signal processing, decision theory, estimation theory and modulation-demodulation
– applying concepts, theories, and methods for designing, analyzing, testing, and integrating electrical and communications systems; includes aspects of energy conversion, electrical power generation, and energy transmission, control, distribution, or use
– applying principles of math, physics, electronics theory, electrical network theory, and control systems to the design, fabrication, and testing of devices that are designed to operate in the radio frequency spectrum
– applying principles and methods used for test planning, evaluation, verification, and validation of systems or system elements.

Physical Requirement: Selectee should be certified in climbing antennas and should be able to perform the following specialized tasks:

– Push, pull, lift, or carry objects weighing more than 50 pounds, including reaching above shoulders
– Drive vehicles, such as cars, vans, or trucks to transport cargo or passengers
– Operate industrial/production equipment, machinery, and tools such as machine tools, presses, air compressors, and printing and packaging equipment
– Operate mechanized material-handling equipment (for example, forklifts, and hand trucks)
– Read color codes on wires and components
– Coordinate work over voice telephone and intercom systems
– Order, procure, receive, inspect, account for, and/or verify ordered supplies, materials, or equipment

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

Monday – Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).

This position is in an overseas location.

Position Summary
As an Engineering and Physical Science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing, and constructing specialized equipment, and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The NSA offers multiple areas of focus for facilities engineers, including computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In addition, we are seeking skills that include computer design, microelectronics, radio frequency design, and systems engineering. Apply your science and engineering skills to protect the nation.

Mandatory Qualification Reqs
Salary Range: $69,545 – $86,659 (Entry/Developmental)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

With a professional Engineering degree, entry is with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience.

With a degree in either (1) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university or (2) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology), entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year of relevant experience.

For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.*

*Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics.

Relevant experience must be in the design and engineering of communication systems and experience with antennas or test equipment.

Salary Range: $80,445 – $107,140 (Full Performance)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

With a degree in professional Engineering, entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience.

With a degree in either (1) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or university or (2) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology), entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s or Doctoral degree plus 1 year of relevant experience.

For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.*

*Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics.

Relevant experience must be in the design and engineering of communication systems and experience with antennas or test equipment.

Salary Range: $96,970 – $148,967 (Senior)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 3 years of relevant experience.

Degree must be in either (1) professional Engineering, (2) Physics or Astronomy from an accredited college or (3) a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology).

For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework.*

*Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics.

Relevant experience must be in the design and engineering of communication systems and experience with antennas or test equipment.

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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.


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