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Optical / RF System Analyst (Rx I) - CIPHER

Submit Resume ID: 495685
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: ISR & Tactical Systems, RF, Sensors/Optics, Testing, Thermal Controls

Job Description

GTRI/CIPHER is seeking technical personnel to be part of an established team of experts in the assessment of battlefield electronic systems within the Assessments Branch located in Smyrna, GA. The Assessments Branch is seeking a self-motivated individual with 0-10 years of work experience with optical and RF communications systems. The candidate’s primary responsibilities will be to characterize optical and imaging system performance, including the measurement of laser performance parameters, measurement of thermal imaging and night vision system parameters, and analysis of optical components and electronic circuits within optical systems. In addition, the candidate will also assist with the characterization, assessment, and reverse engineering of RF systems. Such RF assessments include RF system performance measurements, development of functional block diagram, and internal circuit board analysis. Candidates should have strong problem-solving skills and the ability to develop creative solutions to complex measurement and characterization challenges. The candidate will be expected to support sponsor briefings and prepare technical deliverables.

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field of study.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or related degree
  • Ability to earn a Master’s degree within five years of employment
  • Knowledge of optical system fundamentals including laser theory and lens design
  • Experience with performance characterization and testing of RF systems
  • Knowledge of RF system design at the functional block diagram level and the component level
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Ability to follow Georgia Tech policies and procedures
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to obtain and hold a DoD security clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of radiometry and photometry
  • Knowledge of camera system design in the thermal and near-infrared spectrums
  • Knowledge of the design of thermal imaging systems and night vision systems
  • Experience working with a variety of communication systems such as HF, VHF, microwave, SATCOM, etc. Experience with military systems is preferred.
  • Experience with the design and/or performance testing of frequency hop communications systems
  • Experience with the design and/or testing of embedded circuit boards, particularly for communications systems
  • Test and instrumentation experience including soldering, use of JTAG, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, etc.
  • Familiarity with communication protocols used in RF communications systems
  • Experience working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community
  • Active U.S. security clearance
    authentication.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Ability to follow Georgia Tech policies and procedures
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to obtain and hold a DoD security clearance
  • Master’s degree
  • Experience with software reverse engineering tools (IDA, advanced debuggers, etc.)
  • Experience with a variety of different processor types such as ARM, AVR, 8051, PowerPC, Freescale 68K, PIC, Renesas.
  • Experience with multiple DSP architectures (Texas Instruments, in particular) and understanding of algorithms and applications commonly implemented in DSPs.
  • Experience developing software analysis tools to assist in the reverse engineering process using scripting languages and/or object oriented programming. Experience with low-level (C/C++) programming and a high-level scripting language (e.g. Python, TCL)
  • Experience interacting with software test environments to include virtualized and emulative environments capable of executing the software under test (e.g. VMware, VirtualBox, QEMU, Unicorn)
  • Experience with Octave/Python/MATLAB/Simulink for modeling digital signal processing blocks.
  • Experience working with major FPGA vendor design tool suites (Xlinx ISE and/or Vivado, Altera Quartus Tool Suites, Microsemi Libero) and familiarity with standard FPGA design flow (Synthesis, Place and Route, Simulation, Timing Analysis, Floor Planning)
  • Experience with embedded operating systems including identifying and configuring bootloaders, kernels, program code and both static and dynamic drivers.
  • Experience with developing programs running on an embedded real-time operating system such as VxWorks, QNX, µC/OS, or LinuxRT.
  • Design and/or testing of embedded circuit boards – experience in test and instrumentation including soldering, use of JTAG, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, etc.
  • Familiarity with RF transmitter/receiver design
  • Familiarity with embedded serial data protocols
  • Familiarity with various communications protocols and protocol stack concepts with emphasis on the physical, data link, and network layers
  • Experience working with the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community
  • Active U.S. security clearance

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Ability to obtain Secret Clearance upon hire

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

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