NOAA RF Engineer/SME

US-MD-Silver Spring
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Public Trust
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Vencore is a proven provider of information solutions, engineering and analytics for the U.S. Government. With more than 40 years of experience working in the defense, civilian and intelligence communities, Vencore designs, develops and delivers high impact, mission-critical services and solutions to overcome its customers most complex problems.

Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, Vencore employs 3,800 engineers, analysts, IT specialists and other professionals who strive to be the best at everything they do.

Vencore is an AA/EEO Employer - Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled


This contract supports the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NESDIS is responsible for the procurement of new flight and ground systems and the modification of existing systems needed to operate the satellites, and to collect, process, distribute, and store satellite data for the nation’s civilian environmental satellite (spacecraft and sensor) program. These systems include computers, communications, Radio Frequency (RF) equipment and the associated hardware and software, as well as build, maintain and upgrade the physical infrastructure (e.g., facilities) supporting the satellite missions. NESDIS is also responsible for performing similar work on cooperative missions with other United States government agencies, foreign governments, and organizations. NESDIS is responsible for the IT architecture and security of their computer systems processing environmental data, and supporting both operational and administrative functions.
The NESDIS organizations are responsible for program level management activities for these satellite missions. Government managers are responsible for the entire environmental satellite program or for portions thereof, including coordinating activities within the various NOAA/NESDIS organizations and with NOAA’s National and International partners. NESDIS is also responsible for planning for future satellites, instruments and products, and annual satellite program budgets.


The RF SME System Engineer (SE) provide assistance in analyzing space to ground communications, including antennas, space contractor systems engineering, and RF analyses. Perform modeling & analysis in MATLAB RF link and spectrum interference. Support Project in working with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to perform RF related trade-off analysis and miscellaneous RF related technical studies. Conduct RF environment surveys, assessments of potential vendor solutions which mitigate RF spectrum interference issues, and to support the establishment of an interference testbed. Establish test approach to verify RF interference requirements. Assesses and evaluates potential Contractor technology solutions designed and developed under the RFIMS acquisition effort to mitigate spectrum management and RF interference issues. Supports reviews, evaluations and provides comments on all Contractor technical documentation and deliverables and supports key SDLC milestone reviews

Desired skills

- Experience analyzing space/ground communications systems.

- Demonstrated knowledge of government and commercial satcom technologies.

- Working knowledge of wireless communications systems (e.g. 4G/5G LTE).

- Working knowledge of commercial and government providers of communications technologies.

- Interest/experience in emerging technologies for communications and networks.

Security Clearance - Public Trust, must have registered for Selective Service (if required)


Requires 8 to 10 years with BS/BA or 6 to 8 years with MS/MA or 3 to 5 years with PhD.


  • At least 5 years of R/F engineering experience.
  •  Experience with communications networks/systems
  • Several years’ experience with Antenna support and analysis of Antenna options
  • Ability to provide link closure analyses and calculate G/T
  • Matlab modeling background

Travel requirements for this role are within CONUS and once monthly.


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