Mixed Signals Engineer / Engineering and Physical Sciences Researcher - Entry to Experienced Level

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on July 17, 2022
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RESPONSIBILITIES
NSA is home to the largest, most established in-house research organization in the U.S. Intelligence Community, employing scientists with world-class skills in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. We collaborate with leading companies, universities, and national laboratories to leverage work in overlapping disciplines, advance core capabilities, and to seek out and develop revolutionary ideas that will provide our nation with an overwhelming advantage. At the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS), our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary projects that will shape the future of computing. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join our team to invent that future. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work. We have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees make history. As a Mixed Signals Engineer, and member of the LPS Program Management team, you will push the frontiers of science and engineering by leveraging your expertise, ideas, and vision to: - Direct research to design and test beyond state-of-the-art analog and digital circuits; - Select, design, and specify digital circuit components, assemblies and parameters to create a solution to meet performance requirements by analyzing requirements, making engineering trade-offs, and investigating technical solutions; - Utilize advanced control techniques for precision analog control systems including assemblies, boards, FPGAs, ASICs, and mixed analog/digital; - Review integrated circuit designs, hardware at the component, board, or cabinet level, and associated test data; - Create and maintain up-to-date documentation on hardware components and systems; - Apply principles and methods used for test planning, evaluation, verification, and validation of systems or system elements; - Research, understand, and conduct studies on the linkages between device performance (transistors, resistors, capacitors, wiring) and analog circuit performance, as well as fundamentals of circuit and functional block layout; - Conduct trade studies for system requirements definition; - Collaborate in a research environment where design requirements are fluid and trade studies over a wide range of parameters and technologies are conducted.
SKILLS
The ideal candidate should have excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills, and possess knowledge and experience in the following areas: - Designing and testing custom circuits including both analog and digital circuits; - Experimental verification of circuit performance is required, including design for test, test stand operation and data acquisition, and data analysis; - Identifying new and existing products, technologies, and/or architectures to solve design, development, and operational problems.
PAY BENEFITS & WORK SCHEDULE
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 hrs (flexible).
POSITION SUMMARY
As an Engineering and Physical Science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing, and constructing specialized equipment, and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The NSA offers multiple areas of focus for facilities engineers, including computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In addition, we are seeking skills that include computer design, microelectronics, radio frequency design, and systems engineering. Apply your science and engineering skills to protect the nation.
HOW TO APPLY
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