Electrical / Radar Engineer

Lexington, MA

Job Type: Contract | Recruiter: Steve Merriman | Phone: 603.637.4084

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Job Title: Electrical / Radar Engineer

Location: Lexington, MA

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

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Our client’s Surveillance Systems Group conducts research on integrated sensing and decision support architectures for Air Traffic Control.  The group is currently performing research and development into the impact of new generations of secondary surveillance systems on the National Airspace System (NAS), with two major approaches.  In the initial approach, the Project Team is analyzing system architecture, implementation, and operational use concepts to assess the impacts of proposed new systems on the NAS.  The results of this research are analyses used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine the effects that the proposed new systems would have on the performance of already-deployed NAS systems.

The Group is also developing a suite of simulation tools to assess the impact of new or modified systems on the National Airspace System in a high-fidelity simulated environment, called the NAS Surveillance Framework (NSF).  When complete, the NSF will include software models of all surveillance elements of the NAS, as well as the safety systems that operate in that surveillance environment.  The NSF will be used to assess new systems impacts quantitatively in a secure simulation environment.

An electrical or radar engineer is needed to support the System Development team in the development and analysis of surveillance architectures that will span areas related to safe, efficient, and secure air traffic surveillance, situation assessment, and collision avoidance for conventional and unmanned aircraft.  The successful candidate will support analyses of proposed new sensors and in the development of the NSF, as well as support NSF results to assess the impact of new surveillance systems on the NAS prior to actual operation in the NAS.

Activities will include participation in surveillance systems analyses, system modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Candidates should have general knowledge in the fields of electro-magnetic theory, probability theory and software development.  Candidates must possess the skills to analyze operational problems in detail and to develop deployable solutions.  Additional activities will include participation in test planning, data collection and flight test operations, as well as analysis and presentation of field test data.  The successful candidate will use a variety of tools such as MATLAB and Java/C++ and will work as part of a team.         

Position Scope/Job Functions

Support other NSF and ACAS X systems analysis and development personnel to assess the impacts of proposed new surveillance systems, specify models of surveillance systems for simulation, and participate in the implementation and testing of the NSF.  The assignment includes module and system tests to ensure proper implementation.         

Skills: Required

Experience and knowledge in the following areas are required:

. secondary (beacon) surveillance system architecture and design;

. digital signal processing and target tracking;

. automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B systems;

. airborne collision avoidance systems;

. specifying, developing, and verifying models and simulations;

. specifying and developing real-time surveillance data processing and visualization tools;

. specifying computer systems architecture and design for real-time data collection and archiving.


Skills: Preferred

A highly successful candidate will have the following special skills:

. familiarity with air traffic surveillance and control;

. analysis script development in MATLAB;

. familiarity with parallel processing and inter-process communication;

. design and coding using object-oriented programming languages such as java and C/C++;

. developing, debugging, and executing software in Windows and Linux environments;

. source code and version control management, with revision control systems such as SVN or Git;

. the agile software engineering process.


Education/Professional Certifications/Substituting Off-Set

MS in Electrical Engineering or physics with a minimum of three years of directly related experience; or BS in EE or physics with a minimum of five years of directly related experience.


POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. An essential function of this job is physical attendance. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes providing equal employment opportunity for all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING! 

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Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.)  - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


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