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Radio Frequency Spectrum Engineer - JSF (Active Secret Clearance)

Job Description:

The Leidos National Airspace System (NAS) Implementation Support Contract (NISC), supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Spectrum Engineering Office, currently has an opening for a Spectrum Engineer with subject matter expertise in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)/F-35 aircraft to support the FAA Headquarters Office in Washington, DC.

This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience helping the NISC III program's FAA Spectrum Engineering mission to ensure aircraft have the communications, navigation and surveillance support necessary to travel safely from point A to B.

Contractor will provide spectrum support as the JSF/F-35 program transitions from a development system with concurrent operation training to a deployed operational system and follow-on developments.

The F-35 Radio Frequency (RF) subsystems will require National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Spectrum Planning Subcommittee (SPS) certification for Stage 4 deployment.

This effort is required to ensure F-35 equipment meets performance requirements to obtain the needed SPS certification and frequency assignments in order to operate safely within the National Airspace System (NAS).

Serve as the central point of contact for all SPS Certification requests supporting the F-35 program on a primary basis and provide SPS support to other programs, as assigned, that impact the processing of F-35 program SPS requests.

Primary Responsibilities
  • SPS Certification Request Support:
    • Pre-submission - Conduct and/or support initial review of each assigned SPS request (specifically, communications, navigation, and surveillance systems). This will include submitting written assessments of data adequacy and verification that the data provided is adequate according to the technical criteria required for certification and if frequency assignments meet requirements to support the equipment.
    • Post-submission - Conduct a thorough review of the F-35 program or assigned SPS request. Perform analysis utilizing the FAA Spectrum Automated Frequency Management (AFM) system as well as commercial-of-the-shelf applications, i.e. MatLab. Work with Spectrum staff to develop an initial list of technical questions/comments for submission to the requestor.
    • Provide spectrum certification technical expertise/support at teleconference/meetings, as required, and prepare minutes. Update FAA Spectrum tracking logs with status changes for all SPS requests in the certification process. Track open actions items that have exceeded their due date and provide written notification to Spectrum leadership. Interface with the F-35 Program Office to identify future requests and time frames to ensure the customer is aware of pending workload issues as far in advance as possible.
  • Frequency Assignment Support:
    • Conduct an initial review for data adequacy and ensure request is in-line with operations allowed by the SPS Certification. Perform analysis utilizing the AFM program as well as commercial-of-the-shelf applications, i.e. MatLab. Ensure technical mitigations/restrictions needed to support the request are documented accurately in the frequency proposal, utilizing appropriate system certification documents, frequency channel plans, the NTIA manual "Redbook", databases and any other FAA applicable documentation prior to submission to NTIA Frequency Assignment Subcommittee (FAS).
  • Attend meetings, conferences, or working groups which require FAA Spectrum participation to support F-35 program requirements. Draft and submit written trip report within three (3) business days of each event. Occurs up to three (3) times per week.
  • May occasionally prepare briefings, papers, or other administrative duties as necessary.
  • 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 4 - 8 years of prior relevant experience in Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum Engineering or Masters with 2 - 6 years of prior relevant experience.
  • May possess a Doctorate in technical domain.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Must be a US citizen with current active security clearance (SECRET or higher).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Telecommunications background with knowledge of frequency management practices, including engineering, assignment and protection of radio frequencies
  • Knowledge of National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), Interdepartmental Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC) and subcommittees (e.g. Spectrum Planning Subcommittee (SPS) and Frequency Assignment Subcommittee (FAS)) processes and procedures
  • Civil and/or military aviation expertise especially with regards to the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program.
  • Radio Frequency modeling and simulation and database engineering tools, such as Spectrum XXI Management Database or the FAA's Automated Frequency Management system
  • Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of spectrum management within the National Airspace 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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