Electronics Engineer – Digital Back End (4653) – UPDATED

at National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date Posted July 30, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Not Specified


National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Position Description:

Position Summary:

The National Radio Astronomy Observatorys (NRAO) mission is to enable forefront research into the Universe at radio wavelengths. In partnership with the scientific community, we:

  • Provide world leading telescopes, instrumentation and expertise,
  • Train the next generation of scientists and engineers, and
  • Promote astronomy to foster a more scientifically literate society.

National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces an opportunity for an Electronics Engineer Group Lead to join the Next Generation Very Large Array ( ngVLA ) project. The ngVLA project is a transformational radio telescope array with more than 200 radio telescope antennas throughout North America and recently received a strong endorsement from the National Academy of Sciences Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2020). The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the effort of a small, motivated engineering team, with responsibility for delivering the hardware to accomplish real-time digital signal processing on science data streams at up to 1 Terabit per second speeds on a state-of-the-art radio telescope array.

Leading a team of highly qualified engineers, the selected candidate would be responsible for the design and development of ngVLAs Digital Back End. This includes prototype testing in the laboratory and on site, as well as providing support to the implementation team during production and deployment of the system. The selected candidate would be reporting to the ngVLAs Central Signal Processor Integrated Product Team Lead.

In addition to technical abilities, this position requires strong interpersonal and organizational skills and the ability to work within modern project management frameworks. The selectee would be expected to comply with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures and demonstrate a commitment to promoting and sustaining principles of div ersity, equity, and inclusion.

This position will be in the ngVLA Division of NRAO, which is located at the NRAO Albuquerque Office (NAO) located in the Science and Technology Park at the University of New Mexico ( ). Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico with a wide variety of restaurants, entertainment, and cultural events. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Albuquerque offers ample access to outdoor recreation. Alternative job location at NRAO sites in Socorro, NM, or Charlottesville, VA, or a remote work situation may also be considered.

NRAO offers competitive pay and excellent benefits medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. Our retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participants base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.

Job Duties Summary

  • Responsible for the technical management, planning, coordination, and communication of the engineering team responsible for designing, developing, and testing the ngVLA Digital Back End.
  • Ensures the teams objectives are achieved on schedule and meet project requirements.
  • Responsible for recruitment and training of team members, driving the team to deliver high quality products.
  • Develops basis of estimates, cost proposals and updates of schedules to reflect design progres s and progressive project plan elaboration.
  • Ensure the teams work meets the established budget and schedule baselines.
  • Manage execution of the Digital Back End subsystem requirements development, compliance analysis, and testing plans.
  • Ensure proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures.

Work Environment

Work is typically performed in a research/development environment, but the selectee may occasionally be required to work outdoors. Some domestic and international travel will be required; must be willing to travel at regular intervals within and outside the U.S.

Position Requirements:

Minimum Education

Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field (such as BSET).

Preferred Education

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Minimum Experience

Five years of experience in a leading role in digital hardware design and development teams.

Preferred Experience

Seven years of experience leading digital hardware design and development teams, plus experience in the following areas: systems architecting , DSP techniques and concepts, FPGA technology, analog to digital conversion. A methodical, self-managed team leader who seeks diverse perspectives, does not sacrifice long-term value, rises to the occasion, and never settles.

Additional Requirements

The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access our facilities. An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination. A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.

Application Instructions:

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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit . If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to .

The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)



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