Senior Principal Electrical Engineer - Data Link

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Huntsville, AL 35801
About Us:

At Raytheon Missiles & Defense, you have the opportunity to try new things and make a big difference across a broad end-to-end solution, a richer technology and product set, an expanded range of disciplines, a growing global footprint and a more diverse team of colleagues and customers.

Job Summary:

The Subsystem Electrical Products Department is currently searching for Electrical Engineers who have experience designing wireless RF communications and data links. This role includes design and test activities that span preliminary design to integration. Products we develop support datalink applications on a variety of tactical missile programs.

The Data Link subsystems team develops the next generation of high capacity, covert, and agile data links. From space based to terrestrial RF links, Raytheon develops RF data link subsystems for the most challenging environments. As a member of this team within the RF Products department your tasks may include:
  • Communications systems design
  • Data link hardware development
  • Algorithm development
  • Digital signal processing
Responsibilities to Anticipate:
  • Develop link budget analyses and demonstration of developed capabilities for data link communication applications.
  • Perform hardware and software communication architecture trade studies.
  • Develop, prototype, and test data link models and communication signal processing algorithms in detailed high fidelity simulations and support hardware implementation.
  • Testing, verifying and validating communication and signal processing algorithm requirements and performance in laboratory or field test environments.
  • Provide systems engineering support through participation in project design reviews, peer reviews, briefings to internal leadership and external customers for all phases of development tasks.
An advanced degree in a related field may be substituted for 3 additional years of experience.

Qualifications You Must Have:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in programming and / or simulation experience in MATLAB, SIMULINK, C/C++, or equivalent language.
  • Ten (10) years of experience and / or coursework with two or more of the following:
    • Communication theory
    • Digital signal processing
    • Probability theory
    • Stochastic signal processing
    • RF and electromagnetic theory
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a US security clearance. US Citizenship is required as only US citizens are eligible for a security clearance.

Qualifications We Value:
  • Masters degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering with a focus in digital communications, communications systems design, data link hardware development, waveform algorithm development, and or digital signal processing.
  • Experience with system engineering of RF subsystems.
  • Experience with waveform simulations using modulations schemes such as: PSK, FSK, OFDM, and QAM.
  • Familiar with common RF impairments: Phase noise, multipath, and Doppler.
  • Link budget and propagation modeling for end to end system evaluation.
  • Strong understanding of RF transceiver and front end design and common tradeoffs in RF designs for communication systems.
  • Familiarity with antenna design parameters.
  • Familiarity with fixed point algorithm simulations for VHDL verification.
  • Familiarity with wireless fading model simulation.
  • Knowledge of Layer 2 and above.
  • Strong technical and interpersonal skills with desire to support enterprise initiatives.
  • Ability to prepare documentation with minimal oversight.
  • Background in designing for manufacturability, producibility, and cost constraints.
  • Group management skills, leadership skills and strong communication skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills with ability to proactively identify alternate solutions to overcome difficult technical challenges.
  • Experience leading multidiscipline teams to develop RF Products.
  • Background in managing costs and schedule.
  • Support of proposals and technology road mapping.

What We Offer:

Whether youre just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, we offer a robust total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the superior benefits we offer include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.

This position requires the eligibility to obtain a security clearance. Non-US citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process. More information about Security Clearances can be found on the US Department of State government website here:



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Senior Principal Electrical Engineer - Data Link

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Huntsville, AL 35801

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