Electrical Engineer (4) - UPDATED
Company: National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
Posted on: March 17, 2023
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Position Description: Position Summary The National Radio Astronomy
Observatory (NRAO) is seeking to hire multiple electrical engineers
willing to do hands-on work in the lab and on large antennas to
support various operations and development activities for the Very
Large Array (VLA) and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). Experience
in working with the design and maintenance of RF systems and within
the radio astronomy community is highly desirable. Successful
candidates will be assigned particular jobs based on their skills
and the Observatorys needs. The NRAO has a long history of
developing new technology to enable forefront research in radio
astronomy. This development occurs in a collaborative environment
with technicians, hardware and software engineers, and scientists.
By joining NRAO, an employee has a direct contribution to using and
expanding the observatorys state-of-the-art facilities and
equipment used by scientists around the world. Depending on the
needs of the Observatory and the skillset of the engineer,
positions will be based at one of three NM sites:
- The Very Large Array (VLA), 50 miles west of Socorro, NM (free
transportation is provided from Socorro to the VLA & return)
- The Domenici Science Operations Center (DSOC) on the campus of
New Mexico Tech in Socorro
- The NRAO Albuquerque Office (NAO), on the campus on UNM in
Albuquerque Hybrid work: After an initial period of acclimation and
orientation, a partial telework arrangement may be considered. In
addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off
benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision
plans are effective first day of employment. NRAOs retirement
benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified
participants base pay. This additional 10 percent contribution does
not require a match from the employee; we also offer an optional
supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement
contributions. Job Duties Summary The engineers will work both
independently and within NRAOs largest division to support
maintenance and ongoing developments for both future projects and
for existing telescope electronics hardware. This observatory-wide
development involves RF, digital, and mixed-signal integrated
circuits and systems applied to radio astronomy instrumentation.
General Duties for all positions:
- Designing, quoting, procuring, building, testing, installing,
and monitoring assigned equipment.
- Investigations into system performance problems, involving
troubleshooting, repairing, and testing of PCBs, electronic
assemblies, and antenna and array electronic subsystems.
- Possible support of design and development activities for the
next generation Very Large Array (ngVLA). This exciting project
represents the future of NRAO and is continuing to grow.
- Documentation and presentation of designs or projects.
- Demonstrates proactive compliance with all NRAO policies and
procedures. Electrical Engineering Position Duties (1-2 positions):
- See general duties above. Additional job duties will be based
on candidates skills, experience, and the observatorys needs,
including investigation and analysis of operational readiness of
electronics systems. This is the only position that does not
require previous experience. RF Engineering Position Duties (1-2
- Work with a large team responsible for developing, maintaining,
and operating custom equipment systems that process and deliver
analog astronomical, reference, & timing signals and on power
supply or other electronic equipment used on the Very Large Array
and the Very Long Baseline Array. RF Engineering Group Manager
Position Duties (1 position):
- Managerial duties such as staff prioritization, performance
evaluation, mentoring of employees, coaching, team building, and
- Design of RF circuits and RF systems that process and deliver
analog astronomical signals and reference & timing signals.
- Development and analysis of system and subsystem
- Development of technical proposals, reports, and other
technical papers Other duties may be assigned for all positions
based on the applicants skills and the Observatorys needs. Work
Environment Work is typically performed in a laboratory
environment, but the successful candidate may occasionally be
required to work outdoors or climb on antennas to heights greater
than 40 feet above the ground. The successful candidate may be
required to travel domestically and internationally by air carrier
and to travel by car between NRAO sites. Position Requirements:
Minimum Education A Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering or a
closely related field Preferred Education An M.S. in Electrical
Engineering or closely related field Minimum Experience No
experience required for the general Electrical Engineer position.
For all other positions: One year of experience in design,
manufacture, and/or maintenance and repair of some or all of the
following technical areas: antenna RF and IF systems (e.g.
oscillators and mixers), power supplies, cryogenic receiver systems
(front ends), monitor & control hardware & software. Preferred
Experience Five or more years of experience as described above.
Competency Summary Successful candidates will have skills and
demonstrated competencies in one or more of the following areas:
- A strong foundation in electrical or electronics
- Detailed knowledge of RF, analog, and/or digital circuit
design, including FPGA programming, usage and testing, along with
general testing and measurement.
- Use of various electronics test equipment and familiarity with
automated test equipment.
- Problem solving skills.
- Good documentation and communication skills. Additional
Requirements The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated
against COVID-19 to access our facilities.An offer of employment
will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides
proof of vaccination.A selected applicant may request consideration
for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held
religious belief. Must possess a valid driver's license. May be
required to drive Observatory vehicles. Physical Demands Most work
will be performed on a computer at a desk or a lab bench for
extended periods. Will occasionally be required to lift and carry
heavy lab equipment (up to 40 pounds) for relocation or
installation of test apparatus, and to squat, kneel, or crawl to
reach electrical/physical connections in tight spaces behind racks
of under lab benches. Application Instructions: Apply online at the
NRAO Careers page; upload Resume. Equal Opportunity Employer
Statement: AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities,
Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals
with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete
statement, please visit http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs. If you
require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or
hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by
sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. PM20
The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)
Keywords: National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Albuquerque , Electrical Engineer (4) - UPDATED, Professions , Albuquerque, New Mexico
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