RQN089 Wireless Communications Systems Engineer

Blacksburg, VA
Posted 2 weeks ago

Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation Job Announcement

Position Title: Wireless Communications Systems Engineer

Location: Arlington, VA or Blacksburg, VA

Position Requisition Number: RQN089

Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation:

The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) provides unique access to the broad and rich research enterprise found at Virginia Tech. VT-ARC forms multi-disciplinary teams to apply innovative solutions to the real-world problems that strain our social, political, industrial, and economic foundations.  Specializing in the identification and use of fundamental research, VT-ARC performs contract R&D on larger scale problems and at technology readiness levels beyond those generally addressed by academia.  VT-ARC combines significant technical expertise with program management skills to deliver robust solutions on schedule and on budget.

Responsibilities: Applies and leads systems engineering and system integration process disciplines for wireless communications systems (voice and data) including development, engineering, testing, and acquisition. Demonstrates deep knowledge and understanding of contemporary commercial and government wireless communications technology.  Applies communications systems, RF and cellular technology expertise to support the execution of technical program/project deliverables for DoD and commercial clients. Participates in campaign management processes for engineering, testing, and demonstration of wireless communications technology. 

Duties: The duties of this position shall include, but are not necessarily limited to (and not listed in priority order):

  • Develop wireless communications system architectures.
  • Participate in test programs, collection of test data, and test evaluations.
  • Develop technical plans and schedules for system engineering tasks.
  • Prepare technical reports, documents, plans, and briefings.
  • Present analyses, engineering, and designs to customers.
  • Identify measurements and performance metrics consistent with operational requirements.
  • Establish threshold and objective technical performance criteria.
  • Work with US Govt program managers and systems engineers to establish a technical baseline and prepare technology readiness estimates for wireless communications systems (voice and data).
  • Provide technology analysis and review of technical concepts, white papers, and proposal for wireless communications systems.
  • Monitor wireless communications standards and technology developments and advise government customers.
  • Define and establish system interfaces and draft Interface Control documents.
  • Develop functional and physical system descriptions.
  • Promulgate system engineering standards and development standards to engineers and designers.
  • Perform analysis of alternatives for proposed communication systems.
  • Develop functional performance specifications sufficient for government acquisition
  • Investigate technology readiness and maturity for operational environments.
  • Develop models and simulation tools to facilitate assessment of technologies in a variety of operating environments.
  • Draft test plans and negotiate test criteria and schedules with customer(s).

Required Education, Certifications, Skills, Capabilities:

  • 8 or more years of experience in wireless communications systems engineering.
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Science or related technical discipline.
  • Demonstrable knowledge in planning and executing systems engineering activities with a focus on wireless communications concepts.
  • 5 or more years’ experience with wireless voice and data communications technologies, particularly an emphasis on cellular LTE technology.
  • Expert knowledge in communications systems including SATCOM, wireless networking, LTE and similar IP technologies.
  • Knowledge and experience with end-to-end 4G / 5G communication layer system design
  • Understanding of RF propagation and modeling.
  • Strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Proven ability to establish objectives, formulate plans and processes, and implement solutions.

Preferred Education, Certifications, Skills, Capabilities:

  • 12 or more years’ experience with systems engineering, acquisition processes and program management.
  • Experience with managed access systems (MAS) technologies, to include MAS-E technologies.
  • Knowledge of modern cellular technologies and concepts, including Network Slicing, Network Function Virtualization, and Software-Defined Networking.
  • Knowledge of specific cellular network architecture components and concepts, including session management, user plane functions, and control plane functions.
  • Ability to propose or design customizations to existing cellular technologies or testbeds.
  • Understanding of DoD AF architecture requirements and experience developing. ATO/IATT packages for integration of systems into existing DoD systems/architectures.
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related engineering discipline.
  • Record of innovation and creative problem solving.

Primary Work Location: Work is to be performed in Arlington, VA or Blacksburg, VA; but remote work is possible.

Special Work Conditions: Active Secret security Clearance Required; Active TS/SCI Clearance Desired, but Not Required.

Security: Must be a US Citizen.

Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, military status, gender, religion, age, or disability.