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RF Engineer RF Engineer

Engineering Planner Associate RF Engineer

Firmware Engineer  / FPGA Developer Firmware Engineer / FPGA Developer


Empower RF Systems, Inc., a leading provider of high-power ultra-broadband radio frequency (RF) amplifiers is seeking qualified, dynamic, successful and driven candidates. Founded in 1999, Empower RF Systems designs and manufactures solid-state, high-power RF amplifier systems and modules for commercial and military customers worldwide. We are an ISO9001 certified company with an excellent industry reputation. New employees are hired with an eye toward their future growth potential and capability to contribute to this fast-paced work environment that encourages engineering innovation and customer satisfaction.

We offer a competitive salary, cash bonus plan, comprehensive benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k) contributions, etc. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to a diverse workforce. If any of these position descriptions sound like you, we welcome your response!

Engineering

RF Engineer

Job Summary

This position reports to the Engineering Manager with a supporting role in all activities of the Engineering Department. As an RF Engineer at Empower, the incumbent will participate in the process from proposal to end of life in the design, development, and maintenance of High Power Solid-State Amplifiers and Systems targeted to the industrial, commercial and military markets. The incumbent will work with other engineers, managers, Product Management, QA, and Operations teams to develop innovative solutions that meet market needs with respect to functionality, performance, scalability, reliability, realistic implementation schedules, and adherence to development goals and principles.

Essential Functions

  • RF High Power Solid-State Amplifier design, using 1 MHz to 6 GHz simulation design tools, such as HFSS and ADS.
  • High Power amplifier design using LDMOS, GaAs and GaN devices to > 1000W.
  • Identify new technologies and design to achieve higher efficiency and lower cost.
  • Validate and test new products and designs in the lab and participate in internal research and development of new RF technologies.
  • Perform amplifier characterization under high power conditions and the interaction of the amplifier integrated into the amp assembly.
  • Perform circuit analysis on simple to medium complexity analog, digital and RF designs.
  • Generate test procedures and schematic diagrams and assist in design reviews under the guidance of senior engineers.
  • Assist Quality and Reliability in defining and executing reliability testing and product qualification.
  • Provide support to the Engineer Organization as directed.
  • Implement and maintain design control procedures.
  • Report on the performance of product engineering.
  • Resolve technical problems during test and integration phases.
  • Generate and review technical product documentation, including written documentation instructing customers in the use of delivered products.
  • Establish design criteria for the product, and determine material requirements, product operational capabilities and limitations.
  • Must be able to independently design and study product objectives for RF amplifiers and systems.
  • Establish design criteria for the product, and determine material requirements, product operational capabilities and limitations.
  • Support production and sales as required.
  • Responsible for project management of his/her designs and assure the workflow hand offs to the various agents within the company.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering Science/Electrical Engineering required or equivalent experience. MS is a plus.
  • Two to three years of work experience within an RF/Microwave/Aerospace Engineering environment.
  • A strong educational foundation that includes coursework and lab work in RF/Microwave theory and principles.
  • Knowledgeable in digital and analog electronics.
  • Experience in the use of RF/microwave measurement instruments such as Signal Analyzer and Spectrum Analyzer, Agilent Network Analyzer, Agilent Vector Signal Analyzer, and various signal generators, waveform generation.
  • Ability to interface with the customer, manufacturing, test, and technical subcontract technical personnel.
  • Knowledge of modern digital communication technologies and standards including CDMA, GPSM, TDMA, MSR, OFDM.
  • Knowledge of device and device technology. Skilled in the design, validation and characterization of analog circuits.
  • Must be a flexible and motivated team player who is able to prioritize tasks, and communicate progress and issues effectively.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and a strong desire to learn and contribute in a fast-paced environment.
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Associate RF Engineer

Job Summary

This is a hands-on technical position reporting to a Project Engineer or RF Engineer Manager with a supporting role in all activities of the Engineering Department. As an Associate RF Engineer at Empower, the incumbent will participate in the process from proposal to end of life in the design, development, and maintenance of High Power Solid-State Amplifiers and Systems targeted to the industrial, commercial and military markets. The incumbent will work with other engineers, managers, Product Management, QA, and Operations teams to develop innovative solutions that meet market needs with respect to functionality, performance, scalability, reliability, realistic implementation schedules, and adherence to development goals and principles.

Essential Functions

  • RF High Power Solid-State Amplifier design, using 1 MHz to 6 GHz simulation design tools, such as HFSS and ADS.
  • High Power amplifier design using LDMOS, GaAs and GaN devices to > 1000W.
  • Validate and test new products and designs in the lab and participate in internal research and development of new RF technologies.
  • Design and perform amplifier characterization under high power conditions and the interaction of the amplifier integrated into the amp assembly.
  • Perform circuit analysis on simple to medium complexity analog, digital, and RF circuits.
  • Generate test procedures and schematic diagrams, and assist in design reviews under the guidance of senior engineers.
  • Resolve technical problems during test and integration phases.
  • Generate and review technical product documentation, including written documentation instructing customers in the use of delivered products.
  • Establish design criteria for the product, and determine material requirements, product operational capabilities and limitations.
  • Responsible for project management of his/her designs and assure the workflow hand offs to the various agents within the company.

Qualifications

  • Associate or Bachelor's degree in Engineering Science/Electrical Engineering required or equivalent experience.
  • A strong educational foundation that includes coursework and lab work in RF/Microwave theory and principles.
  • Knowledgeable in digital and analog electronics.
  • Experience in the use of RF/microwave measurement instruments such as spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, signal generators, and oscilloscopes.
  • Ability to interface with the customer, manufacturing, test, and technical subcontract technical personnel.
  • Knowledge of device and device technology. Skilled in the design, validation and characterization of analog circuits.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and a strong desire to learn and contribute in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be a flexible and motivated team player who is able to prioritize tasks, and communicate progress and issues effectively.
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Firmware Engineer / FPGA Developer

Job Summary

This is a technical position reporting to a Project Engineer or RF Engineer Manager with a supporting role within the Engineering Department. Primary focus is on the amplifier’s digital control board based on Xilinx Spartan 3E FPGA. The position requires hands-on bench testing and debugging of digital hardware, interfacing with customers during design reviews and system tests and working with vendors to explain special requirements and to solve/resolve technical issues related to vendor-supplied material.

Essential Functions

  • Actively participate in digital and software requirements definition.
  • Use current digital control board change and adapt to meet power amplifier module requirements.
  • Design and implement software components to meet customer-specific design requirements.
  • Create interface control documentation.
  • Perform circuit board hardware design using PADs.
  • Create basic software architecture and write code for individual modules using commonly used embedded system design languages (C, C++)Must be capable of working on assignments with little direct supervision.

Qualifications

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering required.
  • 4+ years of relevant experience with digital design and applications.
  • Must be proficient in VHDL.
  • Ability to decompose FPGA specification into VHDL RTL architectures and module building blocks.
  • Knowledge of embedded systems design, embedded processing and processor interfaces highly desired.
  • Familiarity with deploying microcontrollers, microprocessors, and soft core processors (MicroBlaze, PicoBlaze), as the design requires.
  • Experience with DSP filter design using Xilinx FPGAs.
  • DSP algorithm implementation experience a plus.
  • Experience with Xilinx ISE tools flow including synthesis, simulation, place and route, timing closure.
  • Experience with high-speed AD/DA conversion design.
  • Experience with high-speed serial link hardware and protocols.
  • Experience with system integration of FPGA design, high speed digital design, RF design.
  • Must be proficient at debugging at the firmware level as well as the system level using standard test equipment.
  • FPGA Verification and Validation;
    • Simulation with ModelSim.
    • Lead the verification effort for generating test benches using VHDL.
  • Experience writing low level device drivers (A/D, D/A, EPROM, Boot Flash).
  • Knowledge in working with serial communication protocol to enable asynchronous (UART).
  • Proficient in using various electronic test / measuring equipment including: Digital Multi-meter, Oscilloscope, Network Analyzer, Signal Generator, In-circuit Emulator, Data Acquisition, Spectrum Analyzer, and Logic Analyzer.
  • Familiarity with some of the following bus systems and related protocols is preferred: RS-232, LVDS, SPI.
  • Xilinx (soft core CPU) FPGA design experience is a strong advantage.
  • Analog and digital electronics circuit knowledge required and hardware design experience is a significant plus.
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