RF Communications Signals Analyst (RxI) - CIPHER

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

GTRI/CIPHER seeks a highly motivated individual with 1-10 years of work experience to support reverse engineering and analysis of RF communications systems, waveforms, and protocols. The candidate will be required to use Software Defined Radios to acquire and analyze RF communications signals. Most analysis is performed at the physical, data link, and network layers. The candidate will also be tasked to develop new SDR algorithms to support new signal analysis requirements.

Technical disciplines/experience that may be required include strong communications theory background, RF signal collection experience in a laboratory environment, development of algorithms for Software Defined Radios (SDR), and signal analysis experience focusing on the physical, data link and network layers. Skills in reverse engineering, embedded system programming, or working with test and measurement equipment are a plus. The candidate will be expected to support sponsor briefings and prepare technical deliverables.

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited Bachelors degree program relevant to this position will be considered.
  • Ability to earn a Masters degree within five years of employment
  • Solid background in communication theory to include modulation/demodulation, error correction coding, synchronization methods, and/or network management strategies
  • Experience with the use and development of algorithms for software defined radios. Example platforms/packages include X-Midas, GNU radio, Ettus SDR, DRT, Redhawk, Matlab
  • Familiarity with various communications protocols, with emphasis on the physical, data link, and network layers
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Ability to follow Georgia Tech policies and procedures
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree
  • SIGINT experience
  • Experience with design or analysis of frequency hop signals
  • Experience working with a variety of communication systems such as HF, VHF, microwave, SATCOM, etc. Experience with military systems is preferred.
  • Familiarity with RF transmitter/receiver design
  • Familiarity with embedded serial data protocols
  • Design and/or testing of embedded circuit boards experience test and instrumentation including soldering, use of JTAG, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, etc.
  • Embedded device programming experience programming micro-controllers, DSPs, FPGAs

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Ability to obtain Secret Clearance upon hire

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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RF Communications Signals Analyst (RxI) - CIPHER

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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