RF Software Engineer - 30840 in Annapolis Junction, MD at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 8/26/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description



Support a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers with backgrounds in engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and mechanical engineering.

Work as a member of a government-contractor team to provide onsite technical engineering expertise for Radio Frequency (RF), radar-based systems,  and image acquisition systems with a focus in unsupervised deep learning and machine learning .

This job may be a good fit if you enjoy working on small teams focused on prototyping and demonstrating novel capabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

- Digitally interface to commercial off the shelf (COTS) instruments and systems

- Create test fixtures and automated test setups to characterize system performance

- Integrate with next generation hardware systems to expand system capability/functionality

- Implement signal processing algorithms on embedded platforms

- Design application-specific signal processing techniques

- Design mixed signal printed circuit boards (PCBs)

- Software/hardware integration and low-level driver development

- Data processing/parsing

- Leverage existing and write new c/c++/python/matlab code

- Perform basic engineering work in analysis, design, development, evaluation, planning, testing and operation in support of system and technical product development.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's or master's degree in electrical engineering, computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related discipline

U.S. Citizenship is required

Must be eligible for a SECRET clearance

Must have strong programming skills in at least two programming languages

Must have some hardware experience



Under general supervision, performs Radio Frequency Engineering assignments of moderate complexity. Provides direct advisory support in the design, development, and testing of radio frequency (RF) and/or microwave systems architecture, components, circuits, or products.  Includes antenna design, both reflector and array systems, frequency synthesizers, transmitters and receivers.

Supports senior technical personnel and project managers within own organization in various technical activities related to system and technical product development. Receives general supervision from management as well as technical guidance and training from the more experienced technical staff.

Performs basic engineering work in analysis, design, development, evaluation, planning, testing and operation in support of higher-level engineers in the development of system and technical products.  Typically employs pre-established guidelines and instructions, and limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish task objectives.

Duties often include the collection of information and data, performance of various tests, and engineering computations, measurements and analyses.  Exhibits the ability to independently perform basic data validation and troubleshooting.

Provides some technical guidance and oversight to entry level technical staff and may act as a technical lead for limited aspects of a project.

Has some independent interaction with customers and provides input to project managers on programmatic and technical deliverables under guidance of more senior technical personnel. 

Provides input and support to intra-organizational proposal development efforts. May have some exposure to and provide some input to inter-organizational technical and business development activities.

Complies with applicable quality and security procedures in the performance of duties. Provides recommendations for improvements to existing quality systems and applicable company procedures and guidelines. 

Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge of engineering principles, methods, and techniques within a specific area of expertise.

Knowledge of relevant tools, equipment, hardware, and software.

Effective organization level communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite programs, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

A security clearance of an appropriate level may be required after employment.

Bachelor's Degree 2-4





Diversity Statement


We are an EOE that values our employee’s talent – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or other protected characteristics – Your Talent Is Our Strength.

Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply. Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information.

U.S. Citizenship Required for the majority of our positions.

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