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. Given the pace of advances in telecommunications environment and myriad of state and non-state adversaries, RF Engineers at the NSA develop the technologies and capabilities to maintain our advantage in both information gathering and national defense. RF Engineers acquire target signals, condition them for follow-on processing and deliver end-to-end solutions for survey, collection and emitter location. At the same time, they design communications systems that minimize the adversaries' ability to do the same against the U.S. and its allies. RF Engineers are hired into positions directly supporting a mission element or the Radio Frequency Development Program (RFDP). The RFDP is a three-year full-time development program for junior RF engineers to develop and expand skills while making meaningful contributions to NSA's mission. This talented group will have the opportunity to take part in customized mentoring, professional development and world-wide travel while sampling a breadth of RF engineering activities. 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
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.
*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. *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/or radio frequency (RF) systems, and/or experience with test equipment. Entry/Developmental With an Engineering degree, entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. With a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or a relevant professional technical field, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. For all degrees, the program must be ABET accredited or include specified coursework.* Full Performance With a degree in 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 Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or a relevant professional technical field, 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 degrees, the program must be ABET accredited or include specified coursework.* Senior 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 Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or a relevant professional technical field. For all degrees, the program must be ABET accredited or include specified coursework.* Expert Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 10 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 6 years of relevant experience. Degree must be in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or a relevant professional technical field. For all degrees, the program must be ABET accredited or include specified coursework.*
The ideal candidate is someone with excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills who is able to: - work equally well independently and in a team environment - effectively address multiple concurrent projects - synthesize information to solve complex problems - apply knowledge of communications theory to RF engineering problems - develop, diagnose, and operate survey and collection systems - identify customer needs and validate system design - operate in a fast-paced environment 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 - hardware design; includes analog (A/D, amplifiers, power supplies, switches), board-level (board layout, circuit analysis, firmware), chip technologies (ASIC, CMOS, VHDL, VLSI), and digital (control logic, control systems, DSP, serial communications) - programming (e.g., Assembly Language, C, C++, Fortran, JAVA, Matlab, Python, Ruby, Shell Script, Turbo C, VHDL, Visual Basic) - computer networking (e.g., communication protocols, distributed systems, Internet of Things, real-time systems, routing and switching)
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). Salary Range: $74,682 - $176,300 (Entry/Full Performance/Senior/Expert - NSA MD/CO/GA/HI/TX