Job Description

A full-time, permanent position is available starting July 2020 for an RF Engineer in the Communications, Systems, and Spectrum Division (CSSD) of the Information and Communications Laboratory (ICL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). CSSDs main focus is in three research areas: communication systems, spectrum sensing, and communications electronic warfare (EW). CSSD performs a variety of advanced research and development, including wireless communications prototype development, network and wireless system design and many others. CSSD has many advanced communications and networking projects including 5G research, using AI to adapt to changing spectral conditions while controlling advanced SDR platforms with agile frequency adaptation. CSSD is also studying next generation wireless communications systems to help improve network adaptation to environment conditions and create self-sustaining networks. Radio Frequency (RF) development typically involves teams of 2-4 people producing RF platforms able to be interfaced with Software Defined Radios (SDR) or other Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) platforms for communications systems for testing and demonstration either in a testbed or for field testing.

Your primary tasks will include:

Designing RF systems from a board to system level

Developing, testing, and evaluating RF systems

Performing RF modeling and simulation Interfacing with software and hardware team to carry out product design

Conducting detailed design reviews with internal and/or external development teams Solving complex problems while utilizing troubleshooting and debug skills

Providing engineering support for prototype and production builds

Identifying and designing efficient test methods when required.

Travel Requirements

<10% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist II

  • A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering.

Senior Research Engineer/Scientist

  • A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and seven (7) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and nine (9) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and four (4) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor's degree.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics, or a related field
  • 3 years experience developing and testing RF platforms and systems
  • The candidate should be familiar with RF concepts such as channel modeling, RF propagation loss, phase matching, tuning RF designs
  • Experience with Matlab or other RF modeling and simulation tools

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the required minimum qualifications,

  • PhD in electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics or a related field
  • 5 years practical experience in modeling and design with RF systems
  • RF test and evaluation experience and a deep understanding of common tools such as VNA, RSA, SigGen, etc
  • Relevant experience in applied research and development
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a dynamic team environment

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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