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RF Systems Researcher

ID: 495056
Type: Researchers
Location: Smyrna, GA
Categories: Antenna, Countermeasures, Electromagnetics, System Architecture, System Engineering, Testing, Threat Systems, Electronic Warfare, Hardware Development/Design, High Performance Computing, Radar, RF, Space Systems

Job Description

This opportunity is with our Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL). SEAL projects focus on developing hardware for a wide-range of Department of Defense applications which primarily include radar, electronic warfare, and embedded signal processing but often span into communication systems, surveillance systems, and other remote sensing applications. To learn more about SEAL, please visit

SEAL is seeking a highly-motivated RF system design engineer whose responsibilities will include RF component design and selection, RF system analysis and architecture, RF component/system simulation, laboratory and field testing, and system integration. The ideal candidate loves RF hardware, is interested in the integration of RF hardware into larger systems, and has excellent communication and leadership skills.

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Smyrna, GA is seeking an RF Systems Researcher who has interest in intellectually challenging and rewarding work. We value bright, intellectually curious, growth-oriented professionals and provide a work environment that is rich with professional opportunities yet still values the importance of work / life balance. GTRI employs about 2500 employees working in 8 Labs across 22 locations, with a main campus in Atlanta, GA and a large satellite campus in Smyrna, GA.

Job Duties

SEAL is seeking an engineer/scientist to perform multiple duties as listed below:

  • RF system design and architecture
  • RF modeling and simulation (including HFSS, CST, ADS, MATLAB, etc.)
  • RF circuit board layout and schematic capture
  • RF component design and selection including amplifiers (LNA and/or HPA), mixers, filters, modulators/demodulators, oscillators, phase and amplitude control, couplers/hybrids/dividers, switches, limiters, beam-formers, isolators, etc.
  • Receiver/Transmitter design
  • Up/Down converter design and frequency planning
  • RF gain budget analysis
  • RF testing (including S-parameters, power measurements, spectrum/harmonics/spurs, amplifier efficiency and saturated drive curves, etc)
  • T/R module design
  • Packaging and thermal management
  • Millimeter-wave systems and measurements
  • RFIC designs
  • Multi-chip modules

The successful candidate will also take an interest in how the RF subsystem fits into the larger system as a whole. Therefore, the successful candidate will be comfortable interfacing with engineers in other disciplines and have an interest in related fields such as firmware/software development, embedded systems, mechanical and thermal engineering, signal processing, antenna design, and/or system engineering.

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist I

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

Research Engineer/Scientist/Technologist II

  • A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related field and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related field 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, Mathematics, or related field.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates currently enrolled in an accredited Bachelor’s degree program relevant to this position will be considered
  • At least four months of relevant full-time work experience (this can include or be exclusively internships) related to RF system design and architecture, RF modeling and simulation, RF testing, or similar RF-centric subject

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS or Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related field
  • At least two years of full-time work experience with a focus on at least one of the interest areas outlined above
  • Hobbies or extracurricular activities that contribute to the applicants technical ability

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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