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Microwave & Sensor Electrical Engineer

Science and Research



Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States


Work Where it Matters

Akima Infrastructure Services (AIS), an Akima company, is not just another staffing contractor. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), our mission and purpose extend beyond our exciting federal projects as we support our shareholder communities in Alaska.

At AIS , the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of our 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, a group of Alaska natives from one of the most remote and harshest environments in the United States.

For our shareholders , AIS provides support and employment opportunities and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years.

For our government customers , AIS supports vital missions with the most in-demand and specialized skill sets in the world.

As an AIS employee , you will be surrounded by a challenging, yet supportive work environment that is committed to innovation and diversity, two of our most important values. You will also have access to our comprehensive benefits and competitive pay in addition to growth opportunities and excellent retirement options.

Job Summary:

Qualified applicants must be a US citizen, at least 18 years of age, and able to meet pre-employment requirements including any required physicals, drug screen, and/or background investigation to satisfy clearance requirements from the Department of Energy.

The RF Microsystems department performs research, design, modeling, characterization, and qualification of RF microelectronics. We have a focus on efficient, high performance RF component design, electromagnetic modeling, as well as novel wireless sensor development. We have capabilities for developing prototypes to fully qualified hardware. We provide unique solutions to our customers in nuclear weapons, DoD, non-proliferation agencies, and subsystem departments (SAR, surety, & ISR). Our research interests include advanced RF sensors, low power communication devices, quantum computing electromagnetics, advanced radar component design, and next generation resonators for clocks unique to national security applications. Join this team to make a difference for our nation and work toward your individual goals.

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to a highly motivated team focused on delivering qualified electronic components to a national security mission? The RF Microsystems department (5211) is seeking a mid-career R&D Microwave and Sensor Engineer to design, fabrication, test, qualification and delivery of custom designed microwave components. These components enable military communication systems, SAR imaging and doppler radar, and tagging tracking and locating hardware. Our team is looking for a driven RF engineer capable of fundamental electromagnetic modeling, transistor level circuit simulation, and distributed element microwave PCB design. It is also important to understand electronic die characterization, RF test equipment, working knowledge of solder assembly, PCB development and fabrication.

Special Requirements for MedPEDs

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sub-contractor you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sub-contractor, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Uses circuit modeling tools to design analog or RF integrated circuit components for transceivers including analog, mixed-signal, and RF components.
  • Reviews/Writes specifications for radar component design
  • Specifies fabrication steps to build custom designed printed circuit boards to test integrated circuit components
  • Troubleshoots analog or RF circuits in a innovative electronics lab
  • Characterizes custom designed RF components and modules overvoltage, temperature, and environmental stresses.
  • Contributes to developing new ideas and proposals for research activities for the department.
  • Uses electronic equipment to measure slew rate, gain, stability, phase noise, jitter, s-parameters, power output, P1dB, PSat, noise figure, module


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Electrical Engineering or; Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering plus four (4) years’ experience
  • Radio Frequency design experience
  • Electrical test and measure practices to protect sensitive devices and equipment to troubleshooting high frequency circuitry
  • Use of RF test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, pulsed signal generators, oscilloscopes, and precision power supplies.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of designing distributed element active microwave circuits such as detectors, receivers, and power amplifiers
  • Strong written and presentation skills to provide sponsors and vendors convincing evidence of quality designs
  • Ability to work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team of peers to meet specifications
  • Strong interpersonal skills which include teamwork, effective leadership, negotiation, delegation, and conflict resolution
  • Understanding of: fabrication process for printed circuit boards; die attaching, wirebonding, and packaging; advanced automated assembly processes for die and very small SMT components
  • Strong electrical test and measure skills at the module and die level
  • Experience: developing complex microsystem solutions including analog, digital, RF, and other technologies modeling electromagnetic effects on and off die
  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS clearance


We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law. If you are an individual with a disability, or have known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us at or [Register to View] (information about job applications status is not available at this contact information).

Job: Security, Intelligence & Defense Analysis

Travel: None

Organization: AIS - Akima Infrastructure Services

Clearance: Able to Obtain DOE Q

Work Type: On-Site

Remote: No

ReqID: 2024-11407