Date Posted
25 Sep 2019

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We are Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a technologically advanced electronics company employing more than 3,600 talented makers, thinkers, innovators, and doers nationwide. We build things that solve challenging problems from deep space to the depths of the ocean. We serve customers in spanning defense, aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets.

Cobham is seeking a Principal RF Systems Engineer whose role will apply broad technical knowledge and skills in various scientific/technical disciplines to the analysis, planning, and development of major subsystems and small-scale systems. Systems are primarily in the RF Electronic Warfare (EW) business area that includes Radar Warning (RW), Situational Awareness, Interferometry/Direction Finding (DF), Electronic Attack (EA), as well as Self-Protect RF Counter Measures (RFCM) including on-/off-board systems. The Engineer must have an ability to create designs, perform simulations and/or generate circuit analysis for system level requirements as well as RF components based on performance spec, schedule, cost, reliability, and manufacturability requirements. The Systems Engineer provides in-depth technical insight to ensure that designs achieve "best value" goals of meeting performance and life cycle requirements within allocated budget and schedule constraints.

Functions of this role will include:
  • Design/develop/simulate/analyze component tech for transmitters, receivers, and converters applied to radar, communications, and ECM/ECCM sub-systems
  • Design/allocate functional elements of a system; RF/antenna, digital, I/O, SW, ME
  • Generate RF cascades for design/analysis of full sub-system performance
  • Deliver/define top-level architectures and design concept tradeoffs for a variety of technology solutions including new business capture
  • Decompose system requirements into sub-system and component level requirements, allocate to appropriate discipline, generate/review written specifications
  • Generate system block diagrams, interconnection drawings (ICDs), and assembly outline drawings
  • Perform work planning, budget/schedule management, and identify technical deliverables for System Engineering section of proposals
  • Participate in Government/Industry sponsored activities; industry-days, CONOP exercises, technical interchanges
  • Propose technical solutions and define potential impacts on cost, schedule and programmatic risk
  • Demonstrate ability to identify best-of-breed capabilities which could potentially deliver value to the end user
  • Recommend, plan, lead, review, and identify risks for R&D efforts
  • Develop new solutions to be employed in solving technical issues
Minimum Requirements:
  • B.S. Engineering or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with 8+ years of technical work experience
  • Working experience with RF receivers, transmitters and/or filtering designs; knowledge of modulation techniques; antennas; correlation; or signal processing
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills to interface with key internal and external customers, i.e., executives, military officers, government officials, etc.
  • Exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness to design and deliver highly advanced solutions
  • US Citizenship: selected applicant will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information
Desired Skills:
  • Knowledge of complex hardware systems and interfaces
  • Broadband (Octave to Decade) antenna or amplifier integration experience
  • Experience as a system architect for product development that may include: design, specifications, and test for radar, communication, and/or EW systems
  • Integration & validation experience including test and sell off of systems
  • Experience with control interfaces, FPGAs, high-power RF, active electronically scanned arrays (AESAs), or electromagnetic interference mitigation
  • Systems modeling with MATLAB or equivalent tools, DOORS requirements management tools, risk management tools, simulation tools (AWR, ADS)
  • Familiarity with Military Handbooks and Standards
  • Involvement in industry consortia relevant to the job requirements/industry
  • Proven ability to lead people to resolve technical problems
  • Master’s Engineer degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems, or Physics
  • Active DOD Secret Clearance
About Us:
Founded in 1934 by aviation innovator Sir Alan Cobham, our values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us to become a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. It's the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you!

If you are authorized to work in the United States, then we encourage you to apply.  We are unable to sponsor work visas.  U.S. Citizenship required for positions requiring a Security Clearance.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Employment Transparency:
Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.

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Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (703) 842-2971 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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