Principal Antenna Design Engineer

Verus Research is searching for a Principal Antenna Design Engineer to lead the design, modeling, simulation, analysis, and testing of multiple classes of antenna systems in support of our growing portfolios in the technical domains of high-power microwaves (HPM), satellite communications, and radio frequency (RF) technologies.

The Principal Antenna Design Engineer will serve as the Company’s lead antenna designer across a variety of projects and portfolios responsible for the design, modeling, simulation, analysis, and testing of RF, microwave, and quasi-optical antenna systems for use in directed energy, electronic warfare, and terrestrial and satellite communications.  The candidate will also be responsible for working closely with portfolio directors, program managers, and other principal engineers in identifying customer requirements, developing custom solutions, and supporting the implementation and execution of technical work plans that meet customer deliverables on time and on budget. The candidate will often work independently to identify and mitigate technical risks in antenna design projects, identify future opportunities for sustained growth, and mentor younger team members in technical disciplines vital to the successful execution of program objectives. Verus Research is committed to solving our customers’ most challenging technical problems and we seek solution-oriented individuals to enhance our team’s ability to thrive in this role. This posting is for work in Albuquerque, NM.

The ideal candidate for the Principal Antenna Design Engineer role will possess a strong knowledge of fundamental electromagnetic theory and concepts as they pertain to complex antenna system design, well-formed leadership traits, and the ability to communicate complex ideas that help realize innovative solutions to meet our customer’s needs. Success in this demanding role will stem from:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Being able to obtain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in the design, modeling, simulation, analysis and testing of multiple classes of RF, microwave, and quasi-optical antenna systems (30MHz to 300GHz)
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, modeling, simulation, and analysis of antenna systems, such as reflector antennas, patch antennas, phased array antennas, reflect-arrays, conformal antennas, and/or horn-type antennas, as well as ancillary RF waveguide components such as ortho-mode transducers, mode converters, polarizers, and phase-shifters
  • Demonstrated experience in translating high-fidelity modeling and simulation concepts into physically realizable antenna systems in operational environments
  • Very strong fundamentals in antenna design engineering principles, such as classical electromagnetics, coupled-electromagnetic mode theory, array antenna theory, physical optics, ray tracing, and link budget assessments as applied to transmitter/receiver front-end systems design
  • Significant experience using high-fidelity antenna design engineering tools such as HFSS, CST Microwave Studio, OptiStudio, COMSOL, as well as circuit simulation software such as Keysight ADS and PSpice to design, model, analyze, and test the antenna-to-RF analog system interaction
  • Significant experience working in antenna test facilities, anechoic chambers, and/or reverberation chambers with antenna test and measurement instrumentation, such as network analyzers, spectrum analyzers and RF power meters
  • Significant experience working with RF measurement data-processing tools such as MATLAB, Python, Origin, or similar
  • Experience designing, modeling antenna systems for HPM, high-vacuum, or plasma systems desired
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (advanced degree highly desired)
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