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RF Systems Engineer

Company: Second Order Effects
Location: California City
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Job Description:

Company Overview:

Second Order Effects (SOE) is an engineering consultancy that turns uncertainty into fully functional hardware and software. We work on projects at various stages of development and scope; we perform analysis, build prototypes, and take products to market. Our clients come to us with napkin sketches, fully fleshed ideas, and patent portfolios to productize. Our cross-disciplinary team solves critical problems across numerous industries, including automotive, aviation, consumer electronics, industrial automation, medical, green energy, and space. Our designs control rocket engines, manage satellite communications, generate safety-overrides for self-driving cars, and are enjoyed by consumers around the world. Founded in 2016, Second Order Effects has 80+ employees (and counting!) in offices in El Segundo, California and Redmond, Washington.

Team Overview:

The RF and Engineering Physics team at SOE focuses on projects that require deep understanding of physics fundamentals as they relate to engineering applications. We focus on projects related to board level RF design, RF & mm wave systems, Antenna design, Sensor development, In-Space electric propulsion, electromagnetics, and EMI. These projects often occur in the early phases of product development where new architectures are designed and the groundwork for future efforts is created.

Job Overview:

As an RF Systems Engineer, you will design passives, active circuitry, and RF systems from DC to mm wavelengths, with power levels from nW to kW. You will work on projects small and large for multiple project phases with our multidisciplinary team of electrical, software, and mechanical engineers as well as our customers.

What You Will Do:

  • Take ownership of RF hardware designs from concept through delivery
  • Derive and manage requirements, RF hardware specification, and system architecture for RF systems and RF blocks
  • Drive the design of complex RF systems
  • Generate and manage RF budgets and line up analysis
  • Simulate RF systems and components using hand calculations as well as industry standard tools such as AWR and VSS
  • Develop and drive the testing of RF components and systems
  • Participate in design reviews of hardware and provide improvements to electronic system design processes
  • Prepare reports and other associated documentation for project and program level reviews
  • Help SOE develop processes and best practices around RF engineering
    What You Will Need:
    • Bachelor's Degree (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Math, related field)
    • Understanding of RF and EE fundamentals
    • 3+ year of experience in an RF engineering role
    • Familiarity with RF analysis tools such as AWR and HFSS
    • Experience with PCB design
    • Familiarity with RF test equipment and measurement techniques
    • Understanding of digital communication systems fundamentals
      What Would Be Useful:
      • Master's Degree in RF Engineering or similar specialty
      • 5+ years experience in an RF engineering role
      • Experience driving design efforts
      • Experience with antenna pattern analysis
      • Experience with RF measurement equipment and techniques
      • Experience designing electronics for space or medical applications
      • Industry experience in RF component manufacturing & test
      • Experience with RF sensor design and underlying EM Physics
      • Experience with FCC and other product certification processes
        Additional Requirements:
        • Applicant must be willing to work 40 hours a week on-site in El Segundo, California, USA
        • Applicant must be eligible to work on ITAR projects
        • Job Type: Full-time (Salary)
          ITAR Requirements:
          • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.
            Benefits:
            • Competitive compensation + equity incentive plan
            • 100% employer paid health insurance (Medical, Dental, Vision) for employees + 50% dependent coverage
            • Flexible paid time off policy + 11 paid holidays + 12 paid sick days
            • 401(k) retirement account and employer matching (Safe Harbor 4%)
            • Hybrid working arrangements
            • Daily catered lunches
            • Paid parental leave
            • & more!
              If you don't meet 100% of the preferred skills and experience, we encourage you to still apply!

              Second Order Effects is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SOE is governed on the basis of excellence and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.

Keywords: Second Order Effects, Lancaster , RF Systems Engineer, Other , California City, California

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