Position: Sr. RF Engineer
Direct Hire- Permanent- Full Benefits
Department: Engineering
Location: Yorba Linda
Reports to: Hardware Engineering Manager
Compensation: $90,000- $140,000/year

Position Summary:

A Senior RF Engineer brings to the table significant experience with RF and electronics system design coupled with an advanced degree in a related field. As an RF Engineer the individual will work will engineering staff to design, develop, and validate various special purpose communication systems. This individual will perform electronic cricuit design and analysis and work closely with project leads to coordinate prototyping activities, and be responsible for the assigned CCA and system design from concept through pre-production phase. This individual may be responsible for leading small projects or be part of a larger team development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Design and validate RF electronic circuits and systems (including: RF amplifier, communications modulation/demodulation, small signal analog front end, signal conditioning, and antennas).
Be responsible as a project lead, team lead or team member for the creation of complex RF based systems from the idea phase, to a prototype and finally to production.
Perform detailed system and Circuit Card Assembly sub-system design, analysis, verification, simulation, and related work as required.
Work with complicated electronic system concepts and detailed circuit design to properly determine the necessary design tradeoffs.
Participate in Circuit Card Assembly design, system test planning, and system test procedure generation for first articles.
Provide support to the design, development, prototype fabrication, and design verification testing of electronic circuits.
Participate in all phases of design activities.
Understand how to implement low-cost and robust system and Circuit Card Assembly designs to meet all technical requirements.
Support technical proposal generation.
Generate all necessary design documentation in a timely fashion.
Oversee all activities for all sustaining and technical support projects.
Work closely and share innovative ideas with engineering, sales, and manufacturing.

Required Qualifications:
B.S. in Engineering or Physics (or equivalent) with a minimum 10 years experience in hands-on design of electronic modules and systems. M.S. Desired.
Demonstrated experience in the development of complex RF based systems.
Experience with RF Simulation and Modelling Tools.
In-depth experience in RF, digital and analog Circuit Card Assembly layout and construction techniques.
Experience with design and implementation of RF transceiver subsystems.
Experience working in RF bands from 400 MHz through 6 GHz.
Demonstrated proficiency with Ansys HFS, Microwave Office, ADS or equivalent.
Experience with analog and RF test equipment (Spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, signal generators, power meters).
Expertise with real time spectral analysis.
Ability to select and validate passive components (Couplers, splitters, baluns, filters, )
Experience with RF PCB design techniques including material selection, multi-layer RF transition design and validation and board-to-board RF transitions.
Proficient with RF budget analysis generation, component selection, inter-stage interaction minimization, Monte Carlo analysis, sensitivity analysis.
Familiarity with antennas including the various elements, trade-offs, size limitations, design methods, optimization, verification, and measurement techniques.
Experience with power amplifies with saturated output power greater than 1W including familiarity with various foundry processes and characteristics, source and load match impacts, power measurement techniques, and matching circuit design, simulation, verification, validation.
Proficient with power amplifier non-linear simulation and modeling techniques including design of DC feed networks and impacts on video bandwidth and linearity.
Experience with small signal RF filter selection, LNA design, mixer analysis, synthesizer PLL design, VCO selection, LO phase noise requirement determination, IF selection and tradeoffs, IF gain stages, and analog interfacing with high speed ADCs and DACs.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications
Experience with MATLAB.
Experience with thermal design.
Experience with choosing, designing in, and programming FPGA / CPLD's.
Experience with digital busses (PCIe, PCI) and architecture concepts.
Experience with power supply and analog circuit design and development.
Experience with GNSS systems and signals.
Experience with Software Defined Radios.
Knowledge of UAV control communications techniques and modulation schemes.
Experience with RF localization and direction finding.
Experience with design and implementation of microprocessor or DSP embedded computing systems.
Experience with interfacing A/Ds and D/As to embedded computing systems.
Experience in utilizing RF for Electronic Warfare Applications.
Design and validate mixed-signal electronic circuits and systems (including: high-speed digital communications, microprocessor embedded systems, signal conditioning, power supplies, A/D, D/A circuitry).
Military background is a plus.

CalTek Staffing
2665 Ariane Drive
San Diego, Ca. 92117
1800.379.1756 ext.109