RF Communications Engineer

US - CA - Carlsbad, US - CA - Los Angeles, US - CA - San Diego, US - DC - Washington, US - ID - Remote, US - MD - Remote, US - TX - Houston, US - VA - Warrenton Ref #12556 05-Aug-2022

Job Description

One team. Global challenges. Infinite opportunities. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. For more than 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the globe communicate. We’re looking for people who think big, act fearlessly, and create an inclusive environment that drives positive impact to join our team.

Job Responsibilities

This position provides a unique opportunity to apply cutting-edge technologies and work closely with customers to develop multi-function RF Systems from design through integration and test that support our nation's most critical defense programs.  This includes modeling and simulation, algorithm and waveform development, analysis to characterize performance, integration, and implementation on hardware, in SW and programmable logic.

Our development team is a diverse group dedicated to working in a collaborative environment with multidisciplinary teams that includes HW, SW, mechanical, networking, security and systems engineering to create innovative RF communications products and services.

As a RF Communications Engineer, you will utilize and build on a breadth of knowledge to use Software Define Radio (SDR) technology to collaboratively work with stakeholders to design, develop and test RF SATCOM systems and waveforms.

We value curiosity, learning agility and adaptability. Our ideal candidate is an expert in designing, developing, and testing RF systems for integrated SATCOM networks who can preserve while critical thinking to solve new, challenging, and complex problems.


  • 8+ years RF Systems design, development and integration experience with a preference for satellite communications (SATCOM) systems
  • Experience with antennas, modems, Software Defined Radios (SDR) and associated networking equipment used in satellite and wireless communications
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, hands-on entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong technical background in RF systems (RADAR, EW, SATCOM, datalinks, etc. )
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams, Systems, security, SW, HW, analog and RF circuits and programmable logic design
  • Strong analytic/mathematics background with experience in RF system modeling, simulation, and analysis with a preference for SATCOM systems
  • Experience using GNU Radio, Matlab, and/or Simulink
  • Active TS Clearance (or held one in the last 2)
  • Willingness to obtain a DoD TS SCI clearance (or held one in the last 2)
  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline
  • U.S. Citizenship Required 
  • Up to 10% domestic travel 

  • Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline
  • Previous experience implementing SATCOM systems using SDR technology
  • Experience with satellite and wireless air interface standards and protocols
  • Ability to work in in a Linux environment
  • A strong technical background in RF SATCOM systems
  • Knowledge of networking fundamentals
  • The ability to lead trade studies and architect innovative solutions to solve difficult technical problems
  • Highly Proficient in developing, implementing and testing RF systems and/or SATCOM waveforms
  • Working knowledge of modern FPGA architectures
  • DoD TS/SCI clearance (or held one in the last 2 years)
*Please note: relocation assistance is available for non-local candidates (Carlsbad, CA). 

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Additional Requirements and Information

Minimum Education
Masters Degree or equivalent experience
Years of Experience
5-8 years
Up to 10%
US Citizenship required
Must be able to obtain a United States Top Secret/ SCI Clearance
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