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Senior Staff RF Systems Engineer (Northeast U.S. Remote)

Home Office, New Jersey, United States of America
Closing date
31 January 2022
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Job Description:

Saab is seeking an experienced and motivated Radio Frequency (RF) Systems Engineer to join our team to support development of complex radar systems. This critical role is a key contributor to the successful completion of programs. The location of this position is flexible; the successful candidate will have the ability to either work remotely (within the Northeast region) or onsite in the East Syracuse, NY office.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Design, develop, assemble, integrate, and test complex RF systems.

  • Perform system analysis, trade studies, simulation, modeling, link budgeting, and design and requirements capture.

  • Perform characterization of transmitters, receivers, exciters, and antennas.

  • Develop and maintain an in-depth understanding of system level requirements for assigned systems and the design features that satisfy these requirements.

  • Maintain the documentation baselines for each system variant.

  • Analyze system data to determine adequate system performance under various environmental and operational conditions.

  • Investigate system anomalies and recommend actions to resolve these anomalies.

  • Provide identification, assessment, and resolution of risks during program planning and execution.

  • Work with Technical Leads to ensure technical, cost, and schedule performance is achieved.

  • Work within cross-functional teams that include systems, software, electrical, mechanical, test, and production engineers.

  • Teach and guide less experienced engineers.

  • Support technical and cost proposal preparation for future programs.

  • Collaborate across the functional organizations within Saab in the U.S. and across the global corporation.

Skills and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline.

  • Minimum of 10 years relevant experience in safety critical or mission critical industries (aerospace, defense/military, medical, automotive, energy / nuclear, etc.).

  • Experience with design, development, assembly, test and integration of complex RF/Microwave systems for ground based, shipboard, and airborne systems.

  • Demonstrated expertise in any of the following domains: system concept trade studies, operational analysis, feasibility analysis, system performance measures of effectiveness analysis.

  • Experience in link budget analysis and RF propagation models.

  • Experience with high power amplifier combining architectures.

  • Familiar with waveguide components and selection.

  • Experience with MATLAB (or similar).

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build effective working relationships in team environment.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, able to effectively communicate to senior leadership, customers, and academic communities.

  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation.

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Must hold or be able to obtain U.S. DoD SECRET security clearance.


  • Master’s or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related discipline.

  • Recognized as the prime technical contact (e.g. SME) on a project and has demonstrated direct customer engagement experience, especially in roles as an advisor to management and customers.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop advanced technological ideas and see through development to a final product.

  • Experience developing, deploying, or supporting X-band radar systems.

  • Experience developing antenna apertures and arrays (antenna patterns, polarization, AESA and PESA phased arrays).

  • Significant technical contribution in RF hardware (receivers and transmitters), DSP design, signal collection, and/or EW programs.

  • Experience with digital receiver architecture and digital signal processing techniques.

  • Familiarity with open architectures (e.g. Modular Open System Architecture).

  • Experience with Agile development approach.

  • Experience with EM/RF design software (ADS, Microwave Office, HFSS , CST, Genesys).

  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) in MagicDraw/Cameo or similar.

  • Proficiency in one or more high-level languages (Python, Java, C, C++, etc.).

  • INCOSE CSEP or ESEP Certification

  • Experience working with US Department of Defense (DoD) customers and the DoD procurement/acquisition environment.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a drug screen and background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, education and employment verification.

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.