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Spectrum Innovation Software Engineer

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: January 31, 2023
Reference Code: 19098
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Our team works an on-site 9x80 schedule located at our EIL facility with every other Friday off!
Responsibilities Include:
  • The INL Wireless R&D group is in the process of developing a custom proprietary wireless communication system based on a novel spread spectrum technique. Initial concept has been completed with standard COTS (Commercial off the Shelf) hardware and software.
  • INL now wishes to move the communication system onto hardware and software that is closer to actual deployment. The software engineer role consists of understanding the existing software architecture followed by developing the embedded software code for drivers, medium access control (MAC) and application layer functions within a multi-threaded environment.
  • The employee is required to conduct investigations and evaluations of current platform software architecture for both Linux and RTOS operating systems.
  • Additional tasks and assignments will be given to the employee by the Program Manager and the Technical Lead of the program throughout the process. The employee will collaborate with the development team to refine and finalize the system requirements. These requirements will be based on the current platform capabilities as well as anticipated future system capabilities.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Minimum BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science and 2 years of relevant experience for PR0200.
  • Minimum for MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science and 3 or more years relevant experience for PR0300.
The ideal candidate would have these traits:
This work requires that the employee develop software systems to include GUI front ends, Web front ends, back-end applications, real time software, and python system tests. This person will develop most of this software with an emphasis in embedded software (ANSI/GNU C, C++/OOP, Javascript, PHP).
Additional Requirements and/or Training:
The candidate is expected to have a solid understanding of these engineering topics:
  • Systems requirements definition procedures, process, and standard methodologies.
  • Derived Requirements Flow down to sub systems.
  • RF system modeling and definition.
  • RF board design, development, bring-up and debugging.
  • Experience working with a cross discipline team (Software, HW, FPGA, RF Etc).
  • Experience working with and leading RF technicians.
  • Deep understanding of RF concepts and ability to use RF lab equipment.
  • Experience and understanding of antenna theory.
  • Experience designing for and working with systems across multiple RF bands (HF to millimeter wave).
  • Familiarity with antennas across multiple RF bands.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 200 ($81,288 - $134,100)/210 ($93,492 - $154,212)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview


About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.