Communications & Modeling Project And Test Engineer

Idaho National Laboratory Idaho Falls , ID 83405

Posted 2 months ago

Test / Project Engineer: Performs the execution of the series of processes needed to critically evaluate the capacities and performance of specific wireless communications equipment and/or applications (i.e., customer testing). Facilitates work and ensures it is executed safely. Gain experience to become the Principal Researcher for project upgrades and test activities developing new capabilities for the test bed according to customer requirements. Under direction of senior engineers, provides expertise in wireless and mobile networks that are converging voice and data systems through the Radio Frequency handset, RF transmission/reception equipment, digital switching systems, and communication backhauls. Performs research focused on interoperability, mobility, and security across the diversity of new IP-based wireless protocols such as 3G/4G Cellular, Land Mobile Radios (LMR), Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). Provides technical direction, fosters new concept development, pursues business opportunities, and provides technical interface with numerous customers for INL's communications test bed and research related programs. Provides RF modeling and simulation for RF Benchmarking and customer configurations. Assists with projects and/or test support, where required, to include field and administrative work, always maintaining confidentiality of sensitive customer and employee information.

Directly supports Federal Agencies, Commercial, and Academic customers in testing wireless communications. To include planning, preparing documentation, creating cost estimates, maintaining a budget, writing Project Action Plan (PAP), set up test equipment, operate test equipment, trouble shoot test equipment, conduct safety briefings, execute test events per customers' stated objectives, validate testing, and supervise customer's actions while on site. Coordinates with diverse WTB and INL Subject Matter Experts in the development of tests and spectrum approvals, e.g. Lab Manager, technical SME's, Frequency Manager, Lab Space Coordinator, Range Director, and WTB Manager of Tests. Refine test requirements with Test Manager and customers. Document Customer Test Operation Procedures (CTOPs) tailored to guide customers in performance of individual tests. Gather test result data through different mediums with Customers & Test Manager and document lessons learned. Reviews requests for Spectrum Authorizations and deconflict with external spectrum licenses. Provide recommendations to INL Spectrum Manager for approval. Create, review, or assist in the development of RF Models. Be familiar with and coordinate Physical and Personnel Security requirements for equipment, personnel, buildings, and document creation. Create, review, or assist in ensuring documents created are correctly classified in accordance with Department of Energy classification guidance, instructions, and directives (Derivative Classifier). Create, review, and coordinate with customers and other Subject Matter Experts on technical correspondence.

Bachelor's degree and 2 years of relevant experience with Radio Frequency (RF) communications and collection equipment. Masters degree and 1 year of relevant experience. PhD in related field.

Must be a US Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) "Q" Security Clearance and special compartmented access (SCI)

Preferred skills/knowledge:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to foster teamwork and growth in a fast-paced technology-driven environment.

  • Strong understanding of Linux, Solaris, and Windows based operating systems.

  • Strong understanding of communication protocols and standards to include the use of the Radio Frequency Spectrum, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and voice/data radios.

  • Experience with spectrum analyzer, RF switches, communication patching, and installing, operating, and maintaining communication systems.

  • Experience with data bases and repositories to gather and analyze data with an ability to utilize applications (Microsoft Office, Google Earth) to sort and display data.

  • Experience writing technical correspondence to include memorandums of agreements, memorandums of understanding, and Project Action Plans.

  • Strong personal interest (hobby) in networks, computers, and communications systems

INL Overview:

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

INL Mission:

Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.

INL Vision:

Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.

Selective Service Requirements:

To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.

Bachelor's degree and 2 years of relevant experience with Radio Frequency (RF) communications and collection equipment. Masters degree and 1 year of relevant experience. PhD in related field.

Must be a US Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) "Q" Security Clearance and special compartmented access (SCI)

Preferred skills/knowledge:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to foster teamwork and growth in a fast-paced technology-driven environment.

  • Strong understanding of Linux, Solaris, and Windows based operating systems.

  • Strong understanding of communication protocols and standards to include the use of the Radio Frequency Spectrum, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and voice/data radios.

  • Experience with spectrum analyzer, RF switches, communication patching, and installing, operating, and maintaining communication systems.

  • Experience with data bases and repositories to gather and analyze data with an ability to utilize applications (Microsoft Office, Google Earth) to sort and display data.

  • Experience writing technical correspondence to include memorandums of agreements, memorandums of understanding, and Project Action Plans.

  • Strong personal interest (hobby) in networks, computers, and communications systems

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Other Information:

When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

Benefits, Salary, and Relocation:

We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and phenomenal benefits. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview/. .

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Communications & Modeling Project And Test Engineer

Idaho National Laboratory