Job Summary:The ‘Satellite Design, Development, and Prototyping’ project at APL is interested in a full-time network engineer who has experience in testing and feasibility analysis using Tactical Data Links (TDLs), in particular the Link-16 protocol. This person would be expected to become familiar with and lead the operation of the Wireless Channel Emulator (WCE), a hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) testbed to be used to verify multiple node operability using wireless channel emulation. This person would be expected to be onsite at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico for at least one year with the possibility for onsite duties for an additional four years.The ‘Satellite Design, Development, and Prototyping’ project supports the objectives of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Small Satellite Portfolio Program and Tactical Space and its projects.
- Concept Development: align with enterprise needs and visions; define task/project scope; create technical roadmaps; and formulate concept designs.
- Design: derive requirements; develop concepts of operation; and perform technical trades.
- Implementation: define interfaces; execute verification and validation plans; develop FlatSat(s); build and fabricate breadboard(s), engineering model(s), and flight hardware; develop flight software; perform higher fidelity analysis.
- Assembly, Integration, and Test (AIT): assemble, integrate, and test flight hardware and software; develop ground support equipment; and develop and execute functional and environmental testing. Testing activity may include on orbit test and/or analysis campaigns of the flight system, or execution against specific mission goals.
- Operations: analyze and visualize received data; verify and validate on-orbit system(s); and on-orbit anomaly resolution.
- Transition: document and train in building, testing, and operating a small satellite mission.
- BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related discipline and 2+ years of strong engineering and software development experience with emphasis on communication links, network protocols, and network simulation.
- Strong ability to work in an RF laboratory with understanding of signal analyzers, oscilloscopes, power meters, and wireless channel emulators.
- Must be willing to support onsite operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico for at least one year with the opportunity to remain onsite support for an additional four years.
- Demonstrated ability to apply software engineering methodologies, principles, and concepts to solve communication systems related problems.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic environment that includes working with changing needs and requirements.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, strong team player, and ability to work effectively in a customer-facing environment.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills and good organizational skills.
- An ability to obtain an Secret clearance.
- MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related discipline.
- Experience with wireless channel emulation for tactical data links.
- Working knowledge of Python, MATLAB, and STK.
- Working knowledge of Verilog or VHDL to work on a Xilinx chipset.
- Demonstrated strong ability in testing and feasibility analysis of tactical data links
- Able to lead the operation of a wireless channel emulator in a hardware-in-the-loop testbed to be used to verify multiple node operability using wireless channel emulation
- Active Secret clearance.
Special Working Conditions:Onsite operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico for at least one year with the opportunity for onsite support for an additional four years.
Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.