Systems Engineer-RF/Signals Processing

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Reston, VA, USA
  • Aug 18, 2020

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Systems Engineer-RF/Signals Processing for a dynamic contract supporting an Intelligence Community customer.  Join our fantastic team in Reston, VA supporting an exciting mission that impacts national security. This is a great opportunity to be cleared to a poly level if you currently have an active TS/SCI!

Position duties include:  

  • Researches, designs, develops, modifies, evaluates and tests a variety of electronic equipment and systems. This includes radar and radiation detection equipment; radio, television and other communications equipment and systems; circuitry components; analog and digital computers; and control and test equipment.  
  • Conducts experimental tests on equipment and evaluates results.
  • Develops specifications for selecting components and equipment to use. 
  • May also review vendors' abilities to support development. 
  •  Complete understanding and wide application of technical principles, theories, and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines.
  • Receives assignments in the form of objectives and establishes goals to meet outlined objectives.
  • Advising staff on best technical approaches for RF technical collection.
  • Writing/evaluating/coordinating experimental test plans.
  • Surveying government/academia/industry RF initiatives that pertain to the mission.
  • Locating/evaluating/recommending subject matter experts that are capable of performing highly specialized technical work.
  • Attending and presenting information at technical meetings, workshops/ and conferences.
  • Developing models/simulations/algorithms/systems for use in technical collection, Analyses of Alternatives or trade studies.
  • Evaluating sensor data for suitability and processing sensor data.
  • Authoring CONOPs.
  • Performing technical evaluations of proposals and systems.


  • Active TS/SCI is required - and the ability to obtain a CI Poly
  • Bachelors and five (5) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in RF signal processing to include experience with detection of low-powered RF and RF processing technique alternatives.
  • Knowledge of signaling and signal processing techniques such as noise suppression, matched filtering, RF modulation and band limiting, as well as digital communication modulation and demodulation techniques such as Bi-Phase Shift Keying (BPSK), Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK), Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM – or one of its derivatives) and time/frequency analysis (e.g, Fourier Transforms).
  • Experience conducting RF digital and analog data analysis.  
  • Demonstrated experience designing and using tools and techniques to evaluate and analyze RF data. 
  • Experience with Matlab, Python, Java, C, C++, Linux, or other programming tools. 


  • Knowledge ofcommunications techniques including carrier wave transmission and reception, Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS), Frequency Hopping (FH) and/or Forward Error Correction (FEC) coding/decoding techniques.  

  • Experience in transmission patterns and evaluating signal characteristics.  

  • Experience conducting RF propagation modeling and analysis.   

  • Experience preferred in handling large data bases for large volume/multi-core data processing and advanced signal detection theory.  Mathworks or similarly applicable technical certification.