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Principal RF Engineer

Company: Sierra Nevada Corporation
Location: Folsom
Posted on: June 2, 2021

Job Description:

Are you ready to unleash your technical creativity? Dream, Innovate, Inspire and Empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination! As a Principal RF Engineer, you will be using your skills and expertise to design, develop, and test our complex products and technologies. These cover a very wide range from state of the art mission payloads and electronic systems through highly integrated aircraft to orbital and space exploration systems. You'll be responsible for RF front-end design, radio propagation modeling and prediction, microwave path analysis, interference analysis and filter design, RF frequency planning, analog-to-digital conversion, and circuit design.

The Mission Solutions and Technologies (MST) business area provides affordable, turn-key command/control, communications, integrated ISR, force protection and security solutions worldwide. The MST team has a long legacy of supporting the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, commercial and international customers with years of experience in platform operations, engineering and full lifecycle management across domains – air, land, sea, space and cyber. Learn more about MST


  • Bachelor's Degree in RF Engineering or related Engineering discipline and typically 14 or more years of relevant experience
  • Higher-level degree may substitute for relevant experience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of engineering principles and practices,  including various RF modeling, analysis techniques, and tools
  • Progressive experience working in multi-disciplinary design & development teams
  • An active Secret U.S. Security Clearance is required.  Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances


  • Experience with the design, simulation, fabrication, and test of wideband (>5:1) arrays.
  • Understanding of, or experience with, photonics and hybrid RF-photonics devices and principles.
  • Knowledge of industry standard RF principles as they apply to design, analysis, and test.
  • Understanding of techniques to perform RF analysis such as cosite, link budgets, RF chains, and antenna patterns.
  • Experience with analysis software applications such as Altair FEKO, ANSYS HFSS, ANSYS EMIT, ANSYS SAVANT/SBR+, CST Studio Suite, Keysight Genesys, Sonnet Professional, AWR Microwave Office, AWR Visual Systems Simulator (VSS), and MATLAB.
  • Experience with Schematic capture and PCB layout & viewer tools such as Mentor Graphics Xpedition, PADS Power Logic and Layout, Gerbtool, etc.
  • Capable of developing substantiation documentation to demonstrate compliance to related requirements and industry standards to include test plans/reports, analysis documents, and compliance checklists.
  • Experience with RF test equipment such as Vector Network Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers and Signal Generators.
  • Experience in designing and verifying to MIL-STD-464 and test procedures of MIL-STD-461.
  • Background in the Aerospace and Defense Industry, US Department of Defense and/or US Military.
  • Knowledgeable of industry standard RF assemblies and component selection and developing technical specifications.

Important Notice:

This position requires current/active Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. Citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.  The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

SNC offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status

pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation.

Keywords: Sierra Nevada Corporation, Folsom , Principal RF Engineer, Other , Folsom, California

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