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Radar Systems Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 01/11/2024

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$132,810.00  - $170,556.00  Annually for the SES.2 level
$159,330.00  - $204,636.00  Annually for the SES.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Radar Systems Engineer for modelling RF propagation and scattering, radar cross-section estimation and evolution as functions of time and aspect, capable of applying commercial and in-house simulation tools for analysis and design in support of our national security missions. You will be responsible for using your engineering judgement and modeling experience for a wide variety of projects including the areas of: radar detection, radar system characterization, radar cross section modeling and analysis, link budget estimation and general radio frequency (RF) electromagnetics. This position is in the Computational Electromagnetics Group of the Computational Engineering Division (CED), within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

You will

  • Provide Radar knowledge to interdisciplinary teams, work under general supervision, with light guidance, assist in determining own tasks and milestones, perform modeling using industry-standard modeling tools, and utilize in-house simulation tools on world-leading supercomputers.
  • Contribute subject matter Radar expertise to multidisciplinary teams by characterizing Radar systems and determining Radar Cross Sections for entities of interest.
  • Familiarity with geometric optics tools for radar analysis, such as XPatch.
  • Ability to model Radar return signal and Radar Cross Section in commercial codes (CST Microwave Studio, FEKO, HFSS).
  • Experience with High Performance Computing and handling large data sets.
  • Organize and analyze data from research, present results at technical meetings and national conferences, and publish novel research results in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Provide engineering solutions for research projects with competing priorities, implement research concepts in a multidisciplinary team environment where commitments and deadlines are important to project success.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Serve as a project leader for analysis and design projects.
  • Balance management of multiple projects/tasks and priorities of customers to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Perform advanced research in at least one of the following areas: computational electromagnetics, radar modeling, and RF propagation modeling.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q/SCI - level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship 
  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or closely related field, with Radar systems experience.
  • Experience simulating Radar system detection, characterization, propagation modeling and Radar Cross Section analysis.
  • Proficiency with commercial electromagnetic simulation tools such as XPatch and commercial Electromagnetics simulation tools (HFSS, FEKO, CST).
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to prepare and present papers, reports, proposals, and document results to your team.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Ability to develop and conduct independent research projects with minimal guidance.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge in radar design, propagation, and return simulations.
  • Significant experience as a project manager of principal investigator for electromagnetics-related efforts.

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in Engineering, Physics, or closely related field.
  • Extensive research experience in Radar system design and modelling.

Additional Information

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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