Engineering and Technology: Electrical, Physics: Instrumentation and Measurement
4 Year Degree
Develops, leads and oversees the management of the Spectrum Sharing Metrology Group spanning, but not limited to, wireless coexistence test, spectrum sensing, noise metrology, modulated signal measurements, and over-the-air test, that underpin the metrological foundations for wireless communications amid rising wireless demand from governments, businesses, and the public. The mission of the Group involves highly complex projects and building collaborative efforts within and outside of NIST. Promote the activities of the Group to management, colleagues and external stakeholders. Key stakeholders include both public and private sector stakeholders in the wireless communications industry. Provide technical and managerial direction to Group staff by defining work objectives. Oversight for effectively allocating funding, staffing and other resources for the Group. Operates independently under general policy guidance and work products are considered well researched, appropriate and technically accurate.
The position is classified Permanent.
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience - college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must meet the following Specialized Experience:
All applicants must have one year (52 weeks) of the specialized experience at the GS-14 level (ZP-IV at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience with the use of RF diagnostic and measurement tools such as signal or spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, and power meters
AND at least one of the following:
Design and development of wireless systems or subsystems
Experience working knowledge of several wireless system protocols, such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) cellular, 802.11 wireless local area network (WLAN), and Internet of things (IoT)
Demonstrated participation in industry wireless standards working groups, technical working groups, or equivalent.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: N/A
Internal Number: 57-2020-0673
About National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce
NIST's Communications Technology Laboratory's Radio Frequency (RF) Technology Division develops theory, metrology and standards for the technologies that drive the future of wireless communications. Our work spans on-chip measurements of the transistors that generate wireless signals, the testing of free-field signals and the antennas that send and receive them, and the characterization of the integrated circuits that receive and process signals.
Our work on fundamental radio frequency (RF) measurement is carried out by four groups: High-Speed Measurements, RF Electronics, RF Fields, and Shared Spectrum Metrology.
For decades, we have been developing new theories, new algorithms, new software, and new hardware to advance the metrological state-of-the-art for the U.S. wireless industry. We continue to invent new ways to accomplish this mission, including the world’s first robotic-arm antenna testing system, our electro-optic sampling system for on-chip metrology, our quantum field probe for antenna testing, and the new NIST Broadband Interoperability Test Bed (NBIT), among others. As our longstanding collaborations with the wireless industry identify new focus areas for our unique capabilities, this list will continue to grow.
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