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Radio Frequency Spectrum Engineer - RADAR Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Job Description:

The Leidos National Airspace System (NAS) Implementation Support Contract (NISC III) program, supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Spectrum Engineering Office, currently has an opening for a Spectrum Engineer with subject matter expertise in surveillance radar to support the FAA Headquarters Office in Washington, DC.

This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience helping the FAA Spectrum Engineering mission to ensure aircraft have the communications, navigation and surveillance support necessary to travel safely from point A to B.
  • Conduct reviews of complex electrical/electronic systems, components, and equipment associated with the modernization, expansion and upgrade of surveillance systems within the NAS consistent with the Radio Frequency (RF) requirements of the FAA
  • Directly supports the FAA Spectrum Engineering office in analyzing and coordinating all normal and emergency radar frequency assignment requests for conducting aviation operations within the NAS
  • Conduct operational characterizations of aviation requests, and radio frequency analysis using aeronautical charts and FAA's Automated Frequency Manager (AFM) system to ensure safe operation of the NAS

Primary Responsibilities
  • Apply spectrum-use policy to determine proper and efficient use of radio frequency spectrum allocations
  • Reviewing frequency assignment proposals for compliance with applicable policy and regulations
  • Assess and ensure the timely completion of 5/10-year assignment reviews
  • Frequency input to design system requirements
  • Performing airspace analysis
  • Conducts radio line of sight (RLOS), radio coverage, and topological analysis to determine causal sources of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) and develop mitigation strategies
  • Conduct Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) investigations
  • Provides recommendations, engineering methods and procedures to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Ensures criteria and procedures follow established policy and procedures.
  • Develops documentation, reports, and briefings to include analysis of findings for FAA review
  • May require travel to support FAA participation in Spectrum Management conferences and/or meetings.

Basic Qualifications
  • Requires BS degree in a related field (Electrical Engineering, Physics) and 8 - 12 years of prior relevant experience in Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum Engineering or Masters with 6 - 10 years of prior relevant experience. May possess a Doctorate in technical domain.
  • Working knowledge of surveillance radar systems: Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR), Air Route Surveillance Radar
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Must be a US citizen with current security clearance (SECRET).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), Mode S, Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), A ir Traffic Control Radar Beacon System ( ATCRBS)
  • Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of spectrum management within the National Airspace System
  • Knowledge of frequency management practices, including engineering, assignment and protection of radio frequencies specifically, National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) "Redbook".
  • Knowledge of and experience in a variety of frequency policy organizations, including NTIA Interdepartmental Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC) and associated sub-committees, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Radio Frequency modeling and simulation and database engineering tools, such as Spectrum XXI Management Database or the FAA's Automated Frequency Management system
  • Ability to perform Free-Space Path Loss (FSPL) calculations, Link Budgets, dBW/dBm/Watt conversions
  • Experience with aeronautical maps and chart plotting
  • Experience with Spectrum Analyzers and Direction Finding (DF) Equipment
  • Software Skills: MatLab

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