RQN053 – Communications System Engineer

Posted 4 months ago


The Communications System Engineer applies and leads systems engineering and acquisition process disciplines for wireless communications systems (voice and data) including development, engineering, testing, and acquisition. Demonstrates deep knowledge and understanding of contemporary commercial and government wireless communications technology. Applies communications systems and RF expertise to plan, develop, and report on RF interference and propagation tests and interference mitigation techniques. Participates in campaign management processes for engineering, testing, and demonstration of communications technology.


Required Education, Certifications, Skills, Capabilities:

  • 10 or more years’ experience with systems engineering, technology development or acquisition.
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Science or related technical discipline.
  • Demonstrable knowledge in planning and executing systems engineering activities with a focus on wireless communications concepts.
  • 5 or more years’ experience with wireless voice and data communications technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills.
  • Demonstrable critical and creative thinking abilities.
  • Strong interpersonal and teambuilding skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Proven ability to establish objectives, formulate plans and processes, and implement solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team contributor with a mission focus and emphasis on service, integrity, and excellence.


Desired Education, Certifications, Skills, Capabilities:

  • 15 or more years’ experience with systems engineering, acquisition processes and program management.
  • Master of Science in Electrical, Systems, or related engineering discipline.
  • Expert knowledge in communications systems including satcom, wireless networking, LTE and similar IP technologies.
  • Record of innovation and creative problem solving.



The duties of this position shall include, but are not necessarily limited to (and not listed in priority order):

  • Develop wireless communications system architectures.
  • Participate in test programs, collection of test data, and test evaluations.
  • Develop technical plans and schedules for system engineering tasks.
  • Prepare technical reports, documents, plans, and briefings.
  • Present analyses, engineering, and designs to customers.
  • Identify measurements and performance metrics consistent with operational requirements.
  • Establish threshold and objective technical performance criteria.
  • Work with US Govt. program managers and systems engineers to establish a technical baseline and prepare technology readiness estimates for wireless communications systems (voice and data).
  • Provide technology analysis and review of technical concepts, white papers, and proposal for wireless communications systems.
  • Participate in campaign management processes for engineering, testing, and demonstration of communications technology.
  • Monitor wireless communications standards and technology developments and advise government customers.
  • Define and establish system interfaces and draft Interface Control documents.
  • Develop functional and physical system descriptions.
  • Promulgate system engineering standards and development standards to engineers and designers.
  • Perform analysis of alternatives for proposed communication systems.
  • Develop functional performance specifications sufficient for government acquisition
  • Assist government source selection personnel with technical evaluation of proposals.
  • Investigate technology readiness and maturity for operational environments.
  • Develop models and simulation tools to facilitate assessment of technologies in a variety of operating environments.
  • Draft test plans and negotiate test criteria and schedules with customer(s).


Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation:

The Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) provides unique access to the broad and rich research enterprise found at Virginia Tech. VT-ARC forms multi-disciplinary teams to apply innovative solutions to the real-world problems that strain our social, political, industrial, and economic foundations. Specializing in the identification and use of fundamental research, VT-ARC performs contract R&D on larger scale problems and at technology readiness levels beyond those generally addressed by academia.  VT-ARC combines significant technical expertise with program management skills to deliver robust solutions on schedule and on budget.

Position Title: Communications System Engineer

Position Requisition Number: RQN053

Primary Work Location: Arlington, Virginia – this position does not qualify for long-term mobile/remote work or telework.

Special Work Conditions: Periodic travel to Blacksburg, Virginia.  Possible travel to other CONUS locations.  Occasional work outside of corporate core business hours.

Security: Active Top Secret security clearance required. Top Secret SCI strongly preferred.

Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, military status, gender, religion, age, or disability.


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