RF System Modeling Researcher I/II - ACL

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

GTRIs Signals and Systems Division in the Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL) seeks qualified candidates for the RF System Modeling Researcher I/II position. This position involves applying scientific, engineering, and mathematical concepts to perform critical analysis regarding the implementation of RF systems in future warfare. RF areas of interest include radar systems, electronic warfare concepts, and communications systems. This position supports ACL programs that focus on the evaluation of the next generation of sensors (including novel distributed sensing concepts) and operational research that addresses the appropriate platform and sensor mix for specified military missions. These results are often used by the government to inform military acquisition strategy.

The candidate will actively participate in multi-disciplinary trade studies that answer a variety of technical and operational concerns. The trade studies may consist of technical tasks ranging from conceptual systems design, radar signal processing, evaluation of electronic attack or electronic protection concepts, threat analyses and projection, system requirements derivation, and overall system performance evaluation. Systems may be evaluated in scenarios that cover a wide variety of operational constraints including operation in permissive, congested, and contested environments.

The Signals and Systems Division engages in research related to advanced sensor concepts, electronic warfare, signal and image processing development, current and future threat analysis, operational employment concepts, and knowledge management. These technical areas are primarily researched through the application of modeling, simulation, and analysis.

Job Duties

  • Perform analysis for current and next-generation radar sensors regarding detection and tracking performance. Systems may include surveillance, acquisition, or fire control radar types.
  • Evaluate performance effects of electronic warfare (both electronic attack and electronic protection) on novel radar systems using signal processing techniques.
  • Analyze communications system performance in permissive, congested, and contested environments.
  • Work with other engineers and software experts to set up, execute and reduce data from force-on-force simulations
  • Develop custom software that evaluates new sensor and employment concepts. Employment concepts may range from 1v1 to campaign-sized simulations.
  • Perform data reduction tasks (on small or large datasets) to generate metrics that assess sensor and concept performance.
  • Maintain configuration management of COTS/GOTS and developed software.
  • Document analysis and research findings in both PowerPoint and technical prose.

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist/Associate I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation or equivalent discipline.

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist/Associate II

  • A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation or equivalent discipline and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation or equivalent discipline and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelors degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation or equivalent discipline.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited Master's or Doctoral degree program relevant to this position will be considered. The candidate must have a graduation date of no later than December 2021.
  • Strong understanding of the fundamentals regarding RF phenomenology.
  • Experience with RF modeling, simulation, and analysis tools.
  • Excellent analytical and computer skills needed for numerical modeling and data reduction.
  • Experience using MATLAB, Python, C++, or other languages to perform modeling, simulation, and analysis tasks.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are critical as work often informs decisions at the top levels of the military and intelligence communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • TS/SCI Clearance
  • Prior experience in RF system design, and systems design trades for radar and communications systems, and electronic warfare.
  • Experience using force-on-force simulation tools (AFSIM, Benchmark, Suppressor, etc.).
  • Experience employing statistical evaluation, optimization methods, or machine learning techniques in design and analysis tasks.
  • 3 years of experience or expertise in one or more of the following: aerospace systems, RF system design, evaluation of current or future kill chains, or intelligence gathering and analysis.

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

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link: https://hr.gatech.edu/benefits.

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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