RF/Communications Systems Developer - ICL

Atlanta, GA
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RF/Communications Systems Developer - ICL

ID: 494900
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Algorithm Development, Autonomous Systems, Countermeasures, Electronic Warfare, Hardware Development/Design, Instrumentation, Software Development/Design, Testing, ISR & Tactical Systems, Modeling/Simulation, Networking, Project/Program Management, RF, Signal Processing

Job Description

A full-time, permanent position is available starting August 2019 for an RF/Communications Development Engineer in the Communication Systems and Spectrum Division (CSSD) of the Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). CSSD currently has approximately 40 full time researchers and staff operating on about $15M of sponsored research per year. CSSD focuses on three research areas; communication systems, spectrum sensing, and communications electronic warfare (EW).

The communication systems research area includes activities in:

  • Development of deployable software defined radio (SDR) solutions for Military applications,
  • Design, development, and testing of communications networks,
  • Independent technical assessment of communication systems,
  • Test and evaluation systems.

Spectrum sensing research includes:

  • Development of spectrum monitoring systems,
  • Development of sensing algorithms for adaptive communications,
  • Development of algorithms for assessing interference or jamming signals,
  • Development of test assets, measurements, and algorithms for radio frequency propagation.

And communication EW activities are:

  • Research in software defined communication EW systems,
  • Independent technical assessment of communication EW systems,
  • Development of communication EW techniques,
  • Development of large-scale test sets for threat characterization, technique development, and performance assessment.

GTRI/ICL is seeking multiple highly motivated individuals with 1- 6 years of work experience to support design, development and testing of RF communications systems, waveforms, and protocols. The candidate will be required to use Software Defined Radios to develop RF communications systems. The candidate will also be tasked to develop new SDR algorithms to support new waveforms and systems, sensing of spectrum in the environment, and develop adaptive techniques for communications.

Technical disciplines/experience that may be required include strong communications theory background, RF spectrum sensing experience, development of algorithms for Software Defined Radios (SDR), and signal analysis experience focusing on the physical, data link and network layers. Skills in 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, Physics or similar technical discipline.

Research Engineer/Scientist II

  • A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics or similar technical discipline and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics or similar technical discipline and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor’s degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics or similar technical discipline.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Waveform development experience
  • 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
  • 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

  • Spectrum analysis experience
  • Experience with design or analysis of MIMO systems
  • Experience working with a variety of communication systems
  • Experience with military systems is preferred
  • Familiarity with RF transmitter/receiver design
  • 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
  • Master’s Degree or ability to achieve one within 5 years

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 Institute’s mission of solving the world’s 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. .



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