Lead RF Engineer - 36050 in Norfolk, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 7/2/2021

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Norfolk, VA
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    Not Specified
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  • Telework
    Telework - Not Eligible

Job Description

Alion’s expertise in communication is unrivaled.  This includes 50+ years of experience performing complex RF Engineering analysis for DoD customers, civilian government agencies, and commercial companies worldwide.  Our expertise in collecting, analyzing, and formatting spectrum data, including RF measurement, frequency assignment, spectrum certification, LiDAR, and other geo-referenced data, enables us to produce refined RF modeling and simulation tools and applications with the reliability and precision needed to assure spectrum access and control.


  • Responsible for analyzing and developing wireless telecommunications capabilities for various operations.
  • Design and build custom applications.
  • Design, plan, establish, and optimize wireless networks.
  • Develop wireless network infrastructures and make recommendations on systems enhancements for optimization.
  • Provide technical assessment of requirements and provide designs from conception to launch.
  • Design and validate RF link performance, quality, and reliability.
  • Use measuring and diagnostic tools to test and adjust equipment.
  • Create manuals and support documentation.
  • Develop software for wireless technology.
  • Optimize existing network by adjusting radio network parameters, adding/deleting of neighbors, and recommending possible solutions to hardware problems.
  • Monitor and analyze statistical and drive test data to improve system performance indicators such as dropped calls, blocked calls, origination failures, handoff features.
  • Apply propagation theory, cellular theory, and antenna theory to choose tower antenna placement.
  • Conduct capacity planning, GSM frequency planning and frequency hopping by applying carrier/interference (C/I) ratio analysis.
  • Recommend site upgrade such as down tilling of antenna and re-orientation of radio additions.
  • Support customers in the development, acquisition, and sustainment activities of complex RF systems used in Communications, Radar, and Electronic Warfare.
  • Design and evaluation of up/down converters, and amplifiers, MMICs, MCMs, and TRMs.
  • Reverse engineer legacy RF hardware systems to develop obsolesce plans, test procedures, and perform trade analysis.
  • Conduct and develop Test & Evaluation plans for RF test stations and field test events for system/subsystem manufacturing and fleet support.
  • Develop and present technical reports.
  • Provide mentoring and leadership for junior RF Engineering staff
  • Perform modeling and simulation of RF circuits and RF propagation
  • Design radar phased array T/R module experience.
  • Work with Agilent ADS, ANSYS HFSS, NI LabView, and MATLAB.
  • Modeling Near-Field antenna patterns.
  • Phase noise analysis.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with MS tools.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • 8 or more years of relevant experience with a Bachelor’s degree (EE, Math or Physics desired). In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for equivalent applicable work experience.  
  • US Citizenship
  • Active DoD Security Clearance or the ability to obtain one

Security Clearance: None
Telework - Not Eligible

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