OTA Wireless Communications Engineer/Physicist

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Boulder, Colorado 80305
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

The role of this engineering position is to perform high-impact research in measurement science for free-field, over-the-air testing of wireless systems, including improved measurement techniques, calibrations, traceability, and best-practice guidance for microwave and millimeter-wave vector receivers, signal sources, and other communications hardware aligned with the NIST mission. The candidate will perform conducted measurements and measurements in anechoic chambers, reverberation chambers, open-area test sites, near-field ranges and extrapolation ranges.


The candidate is expected to contribute to complex microwave and millimeter-wave metrology critical to the NIST mission and CTL priorities that may include applied testing with NASCTN, participation in industry standards development organizations, and/or dissemination of scientific results in peer-reviewed conferences, journals, and technical reports.

Requirements

Basic Requirements for a Electronics Engineer ZP III/IV:

Degree: Professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

Combination of education and experience-College level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

Professional registration-Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

Written Test-Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Specified academic courses-Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

Related curriculum-Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

In addition to the Basic Requirements for Electronics Engineer, ZP-III, applicants must meet the following Specialized Experience: 

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 (ZP-II at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience with over-the-air measurements, which may include the use of anechoic chambers, reverberation chambers, or radio-propagation measurements. Operation, configuration and deployment instrumentation such as spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, and base-station emulators that may be used to characterize the performance of wireless systems. Statistical analysis of measured data.

OR

Master's or equivalent graduate degree.

OR

A combination of qualifying education and experience. 

In addition to the Basic Requirements for Electronics Engineer, ZP-IV, applicants must meet the following Specialized Experience: 

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 (ZP-III at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience with over-the-air measurements, which includes the use of anechoic chambers, reverberation chambers, or radio-propagation measurements. Demonstrated experience in wireless systems evaluation through the operation, configuration and deployment of wireless networks and instrumentation such as spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, and base-station emulators. Design of experiments, statistical analysis of measured data, including an understanding of the treatment of correlated data. Leading or coordination of research or engineering teams.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
 
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:///www.opm.gov/qualifications

Applicants may request reconsideration of their qualifications determination within three business days from the date their applicant status was changed. Applicants should email the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement with their written request listing the announcement number; explaining why the original determination was improper; what factors were not considered; and, should provide any other pertinent information that would enable reevaluation. 

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