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Leidos is seeking an Enterprise IT&C Radio Frequency Technologist to support the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). The position is responsible for working with engineers, technicians, and end-users to actively advise and assist in all aspects of RF communication systems design, operation, sustainment, and decommissioning.
The Enterprise IT&C Radio Frequency Technologist is to establish and maintain familiarity with technical details of, and support requirements for all radio communication systems used throughout the USAP. Systems include HF, VHF, UHF, microwave, paging, field and infrastructure wireless links, satellite tracking receivers, and other RF equipment as assigned. The position’s nominal work location is in Centennial, Colorado and supports numerous locations overseas. Operational locations include but are not limited to McMurdo, Amundsen-Scott South Pole, and Palmer stations, two marine research vessels, and logistics hubs in New Zealand and Chile. This position coordinates support of RF systems with IT&C Station Managers and their staff, members of the science community, and engineering and technical staff in the ASC Centennial office, and affiliate organizations or subcontracted entities.
The Enterprise IT&C Radio Frequency Technologist position is expected to deploy to Antarctica on an as needed basis, typically once per year for two months.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
- Work with stakeholders to support, replace, and decommission RF equipment with the goal of modernizing systems, reducing maintenance costs, improving reliability, expanding capabilities, and applying best possible solutions to serve evolving mission needs.
- Review and update maintenance plans and technical instructions for all RF equipment maintenance plans, procedures, and assure test equipment resource availability.
- Support all RF communications system development, operation, and sustainment activities to include Subject Matter Expert (SME) support to RF related projects.
- Provide remote or onsite technical support to on-station staff.
- Identify and characterize risks associated with equipment obsolescence, supportability status, and life-cycle needs.
- Document, validate, and report system characteristics as required to facilitate Spectrum Management.
- Maintain inventories of assigned equipment to include awareness of spares readiness posture.
- Develop seasonal technical plans as needed.
- Contribute to acceptance inspection and Transition To Operations (TTO) plan creation.
- Perform or support execution of test plans according to acceptance criteria.
- Provide technical training and guidance to station staff.
- Contribute to the creation of formal system documentation and status reports.
- Accomplish administrative functions on an as needed basis to establish, coordinate, document, sustain, and curtail Terascan satellite communications services acquired through external entities.
- Serve as a continuity backup work performer for the Enterprise IT&C RF Systems Engineer and Enterprise IT&C RF Supervisor when required.
- Maintain working relationships with IT&C Station Managers, their staff, and Centennial-based engineering teams to ensure radio communications success.
- Bachelor's Degree and 4+ years of relevant technical experience; an additional 4 years of relevant technical experience will be considered in lieu of degree.
- Experience operating, maintaining, and installing radio communication electronics to include HF, VHF, UHF, and microwave.
- Extensive knowledge of Land Mobile Radio (LMR) industry, manufacturers, and technology.
- Substantial experience operating, installing, maintaining, and administering LMR systems.
- Experience training and providing both remote and on-site support to technical teams.
- Antenna theory knowledge sufficient to define antennae selection, placement, and mounting requirements to achieve proper link margins and reliable area coverage.
- Functional proficiency with nominal MS Office suite programs and Visio.
- Ability to summarize complex information and convey knowledge, verbally and in writing, to both technical and non-technical audiences.
- Well-developed organizational skills.
*** Deployment to Antarctica is required for this position. The individual in the position must successfully satisfy physical and dental examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica. Failure to deploy may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action. ***
- Professional writing and presentation skills.
- Experience with Iridium satellite communications system administration, integration methods, and technical support.
- Knowledge of cellular, WiFi, fiber, Telco, and wireless network technology.
- Knowledge of Project Management processes and procedures.
- Experience with link budget and area coverage predictive modeling.
- Knowledge of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) analysis and mitigation.
- Knowledge of and ability to support Spectrum Management processes.
- Experience designing, installing, and maintaining radio communication electronics to include HF, VHF, UHF, and microwave systems.
- Knowledge of System Requirements Specifications (SRS).
- Knowledge of functional analysis studies to include; requirements derivation, requirements allocation, timeline analysis, trade study, cost estimation, and interface definition.
- Experience with RF analysis and modeling software such as STK, TAP, etc.
- Familiarity with regulations governing aviation and marine RF systems.
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Key Programs and/or Capabilities:
- Antarctic Support Contract (ASC)
- Large Infrastructure
- Mission Support
- Digital Modernization
- Command & Control
- Mission Applications
- Energy and Environment
- Engineering Services
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We value and support the well-being and mobility of our employees with competitive benefit packages, complementary e-learning training, work-life flexibility, an exciting External Referral Program, and a diverse, inclusive and ethical work place. In fact, in 2020, Leidos was ranked as one of the “World's Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.
External Referral Bonus:Ineligible
Potential for Telework:No
Clearance Level Required:None
Travel:Yes, 25% of the time
Scheduled Weekly Hours:40
Pay Range:Pay Range $65,000.00 - $100,000.00 - $135,000.00
Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 40,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
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