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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory RF/Microwave Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311389

Directorate: National Security Directorate

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Disruptive Technology

Job Description

The Disruptive Technology group focuses on emerging technologies by integrating capability across electromagnetics, systems modeling, algorithm development, and systems design to serve as flywheel for feeding technology advancements into capabilities across the division and laboratory. Projects within the group range from highly applied projects in support of national security to fundamental science projects.

The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on developing and analyzing all elements of new high-performance radar imaging systems and/or wireless digital communication systems from antenna to protocol level.


  • Design, simulate, and test RF front-end systems and sub-systems

  • Derive specifications for RF/microwave systems and sub-systems

  • Develop RF/microwave circuits and components including transceivers and antennas

  • Characterize RF system performance

  • Participate in technical design reviews and element/system level activities

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level II : Ability to receive guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently complete recurring assignments. Contribution to proposals. Defining and leading project work at a small to medium task level, reporting results on time and on budget. All while embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security.

Level III : Ability to give guidance on new assignments, making selections on technical alternatives; independently complete more complex assignments. Leading or contribution to proposals. Defining and leading project work at a large task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. All while embracing expectations for quality, safety, and security.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA degree with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience in Electrical Engineering or equivalent from accredited university

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience

  • Master's degree or PhD in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in RF/microwave circuits, electromagnetic theory, or communications systems theory

  • Experience characterizing radar or radio performance at microwave frequencies

  • Familiar with radar or radio related test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, vector signal analyzers, vector signal generator, network analyzers, and software defined radios (SDRs)

  • Experience in Matlab, Python, C++ or equivalent tools for modeling and analyzing RF systems

  • RF/microwave design experience up to 30 GHz

  • Experience with WiFi, 4G, and/or 5G communication systems

  • RF/microwave design using HFSS, CST, ADS, AWR or similar software

  • Understanding of electromagnetic propagation and antenna systems

  • Schematic capture and PCB layout using Altium Designer or similar software

  • Experience with design of linear and non-linear circuits such as power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, mixers, filters and PLLs

  • Strong familiarity with one or more of the following: state of the art signal processing techniques, algorithm development, machine learning, and spectrum management

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Disruptive Technology

Opening Date: 2021-05-03

Closing Date: 2021-07-12