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Space Network RF Test Engineer

Company: Peraton
Location: Greenbelt
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Job Description:

Peraton is the Prime Contractor on the SENSE Contract; responsible for the Operations, Maintenance, Sustainment and Systems engineering of satellite communication systems for NASA. We are actively recruiting for a RF Compatibility Test Engineer to join our team in Greenbelt. This position involves providing spacecraft to ground station compatibility testing, engineering testing, and integration support for missions, projects, systems, and ground network transitions/initiatives.-- This position also involves engineering troubleshooting, fault detection, and isolation.What you'll do---Maintain and operate equipment within a Compatibility Test Lab (CTL) which is a testing facility located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) that is used for prelaunch testing, engineering and proof of concept testing for the NASA Space Network (SN) and Near-Earth Network (NEN)Perform testing (in accordance with test--plans) with the SN and NEN to confirm RF compatibility of user spacecraft and the supporting ground network interfaces in accordance with test requirements and procedures.Review requirements, test plans and proceduresSetup and checkout equipment in test configurationsSetup and checkout various equipment interfaces such as local network interfaces, data and clock inputs and outputs, frequency standard references, RF signal levels and fiber optics.Help with inventory, packing and shipment of equipmentSupport test team with knowledge of test proceduresGather and summarize test resultsPerform testing as described in Compatibility Test Plans. These tests may include travel to off-site locations such as spacecraft manufacturing sites, ground tracking stations, and/or Mission Operations Control Centers to emulate communication links between user spacecraft and the NEN and/or the SNPerform radio frequency (RF) testing so that the measurement points are accessible through either RF or baseband interfaces and validate real-time authentication of telemetry, command and ranging systemsPerform signal investigation such as unique engineering tests for new modulation/demodulation techniques, new hardware, configurations; proof of concept testing for new antenna systemsAssist with maintaining a shielded RF environment and secure support areas for customer equipment to perform testing through TDRS System (TDRSS) using CTL antennasInterface with customers and other project teamsProvide support in the acquisition, maintenance, and protection of resources in order to ensure that space communications systems can operate to their fullest capacityApply Systems Engineering principles for fault detection, isolation and recovery. Independently determine and develop approach to solutions when neededRepresent the organization in providing solutions to technical issues associated with related projectsAble to travel to various locations for one to three weeks typically, and occasionally longerHelp pack and unpack equipment and be able to lift up to 35 pounds of equipment--You'd be a great fit if you have---A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Science/Math and 5+ years' experience with RF testingIt'd be even better if you have---RF engineering experience supporting Space Missions--Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in groupsFamiliarity with S-band and Ka-band frequency applicationsExperience and knowledge of NASA's SN and NEN Networks and associated communication systemsBasic networking knowledgeProficiency with MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Visio and MS WordGood verbal and written communication skills--What you'll get---An immediately-vested 401(K) with employer matchingRapid PTO accrual schedule with floating holidaysComprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverageTuition assistance, financing, and refinancingPaid maternity and paternity leaveCompany-paid infertility treatmentsCross-training and professional development opportunitiesThe ability to influence major initiatives--SECURITY CLEARANCE This position requires the candidate to be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance. In order to obtain a clearance you need to be a US Citizen and show proof of citizenship.--We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

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