Senior Systems Engineer-Phased Array Radar

National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, Colorado 80301
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What You Will Do:

Provides overall systems engineering and technical leadership for the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) development.  Leads a multidisciplinary team of engineers developing the radar front end and back end technologies as well as airborne radar applications.  Acts as a Subject Matter Expert in Systems Engineering and Phased Array Radar Systems.  Designs, develops, and tests hardware and software systems for the APAR development.  Responsible for leading the APAR team though engineering gates, documentation of engineering plans and methods, issue tracking, and reporting of engineering progress with respect to APAR.  Supports the writing of proposals to secure additional funding for the APAR development.



  • Perform systems engineering tasks for the Airborne Phased Array Radar (APAR) development including: engineering team leadership, architecture and design of subsystems, management of system interfaces, and acting as a subject matter expert in the area of PAR technology.  Leads and directs effort of engineering disciplines associated with the APAR development including radar hardware, software, aeronautical, mechanical, and electrical systems.  Leads and/or provides support through program gates/milestones such as the preliminary design review (PDR), critical design review (CDR), fabrication, testing, and verification of requirements for the APAR system.
  • Produces and revises documentation in support of the overall APAR development.  Reviews and refines all APAR technical requirements including the Technical Requirements Document (TRD). Develops an APAR Systems Engineering Plan. Develops Preliminary Design of overall APAR system. Develops engineering documentation.  Collaborates in the writing of proposals in order to secure funding for APAR developments.
  • Leads the technical development, testing, evaluation, and verification of hardware, software, support equipment and systems for APAR as required.  This includes work on the APAR Active Electrically Scanned Array (AESA) simulator and development of radar back end technologies. 
  • Coordinates and documents the effort of external vendors providing design and feasibility studies for the APAR effort.  Presents at and participates in conferences, meetings, and workshops as required in support of the APAR program. 


What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or physics and at least twelve (12) years industry experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong radar systems development skills in phased array technologies.
  • Technical leadership experience with R&D and operational radar systems, and with a diverse team of disciplines.
  • Demonstrated analytical, applied mathematics, and problem solving skills common to systems engineering.
  • Proven knowledge in performing systems engineering trade studies.
  • Proven knowledge in the design and development of phased array radar systems.
  • Proven skills in generating systems requirements flow down.
  • Proven skills in defining the interfaces between sub-systems.
  • Hands-on experience with antenna testing including near-field and far-field measurement techniques.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in the phased array calibration techniques.
  • Experienced in recognizing and solving Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) issues on airborne radar platforms.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team environment with diverse backgrounds, and contribute effectively to problem solving efforts.

Other Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel and work in remote field locations on occasion, typically for not more than 7 days per trip.

Desired Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering.

What’s in it for You:

  • Compensation
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Retirement Plan
  • And more!


EEO/AAP Statement:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.


Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.


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