Electronics Engineer (Open Rank)
Company: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Location: Green Bank
Posted on: June 24, 2022
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
The Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, is pleased
to announce an opportunity for a digital engineer experienced in
digital signal processing with a general knowledge of servo control
and embedded systems. Green Bank Observatory oversees the
development and operation of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank
Telescope (GBT), the worlds largest fully steerable telescope, as
well as numerous other smaller telescopes which are used for a
variety of scientific and educational purposes. Working at
wavelengths ranging from 100cm through 3mm, the GBT supports a
diverse range of scientific research. Additionally, the GBT has an
ongoing program of research and development projects which keeps
the telescope at the cutting edge of science and technology. The
successful candidate will be joining the electronics division in
Green Bank. Duties of the electronics division include both the
maintenance and necessary upgrades of the existing systems as well
as developing state of the art wideband digital signal processing
techniques. The digital engineer will be involved in the design and
testing of various digital systems for use in radio astronomy,
including radio telescope servo systems, the GBT active surface
system, embedded systems, and instrumentation systems. This
position requires a motivated person with a high level of
organization skills who is comfortable working in an academic
environment. The members of the electronics division also work with
the other divisions and external collaborators on projects related
to radio astronomy and the overall mission of the organization.
Education and public outreach is a part of each employees duties.
Job Duties Summary
- Develop digital signal processing backend instrumentation
- Maintain the GBT control systems.
- Assists in preparing costs and time analyses of projects. Makes
recommendations for procedures, equipment purchases, and other
- Provide leadership to technicians, cooperative education
students and/or summer students.
- Proactive compliance with Observatory and government safety
policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
- Other duties as assigned. Minimum Education Bachelor's degree
in engineering, computer science or related field or an equivalent
combination of education and experience. Preferred Education An
advanced degree in a related field Minimum Experience One to five
years of relevant experience encompassing the following technical
- Demonstrable knowledge in Xilinx FPGA development with Vivado,
VHDL or Verilog.
- Demonstrable knowledge in servo system maintenance.
- Demonstrable knowledge of C, C++, Python, and PLC ladder logic
- Knowledge of common test equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic
analyzers, spectrum analyzers.
- Ability to troubleshoot electrical and electronic systems to
the component level from drawings using common test equipment.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Preferred
Technical Experience Ability to clearly convey technical
information to software developers, engineers and scientists,
interact with peers in a positive and respectful way and calmly
resolve conflicts is strongly desired. Physical Conditions/Nature
of Work: Work is typically performed in a research environment
consisting of desk work and lab work. Work involves troubleshooting
and repair of electrical and electronic equipment in the field.
Work must be performed on work platforms and unprotected walkways
at heights of up to 450 ft above ground level. Work involves power
systems of up to 480 volts. The position is located at the Green
Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV, an Observatory which combines
and academic setting with a rural environment. Some telework
options may be considered. The successful candidate will join a
team of professionals engaged in research and development in the
fields of science, engineering, software development, and
education. Position Requirements: Safety Sensitive The selected
candidate must successfully pass a post-offer,
pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen. Failure to pass the
Screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration
for a period of six months from the date of the results. 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: Apply online at the Observatory
Careers page; upload CV/Resume and letter of interest. PM20
Keywords: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Roanoke , Electronics Engineer (Open Rank), Engineering , Green Bank, Virginia
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