Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin

Electronics Engineering Scientist R_00005470

Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

Posted 2019-11-22

Job Description:

Contribute to research and development tasks and experimental sea-tests within the Environmental Sciences Laboratory’s engineering team.

Job Details:

Hardware and software support of existing systems and sensors including calibration, characterization, testing and data analysis.

Lead in design/development and implementation of new systems and sensors including hardware/software development along with calibration, characterization and testing.

Support at sea testing for systems.

Assist with hardware procurement.

Assist electrical and mechanical technicians with various tasking. Management of student development and tasking.

Document results and designs in a clear and concise way using proper software source control methodologies.

Other related functions as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with 3 years of experience developing or supporting sensor data acquisition systems. Demonstrated ability with analog and digital circuit design and board/component level testing as well as experience with PCB layouts. Demonstrated ability with programming for embedded systems. Experience with ADC’s, analog and digital filtering techniques, data acquisition, and low noise measurements. Experience with instrumentation such as oscilloscopes and function generators. Familiarity with spectrum analyzers. Experience with Matlab. Applicant must be highly organized, capable of planning, coordinating multiple tasks, and managing their time. The position will require attention to detail, effective problem solving, sound engineering judgment, and good communication skills. Willingness/ability to perform frequent domestic/foreign travel up to 30 percent. Ability to work independently with sensitive and confidential information/maintain professional demeanor/work as a team member without daily supervision. Able to work under pressure and accept supervision. Regular/punctual attendance. US Citizen. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master's degree in electrical engineering with at least five years of experience developing or supporting sensor data acquisition systems. Experience with at least 2 full lifecycles of project development to deployment. Demonstrated ability with low-noise analog circuit design from transducer to acquisition system, including PCB layout. Demonstrated ability with low-noise system architecture. Demonstrated experience with FPGA/MCU digital circuit design. Demonstrated ability to program in Verilog or VHDL, including custom IPCore development. Strong familiarity with Vivado and Xilinx SDK. Strong familiarity with C language. Strong familiarity with embedded Linux OS (REHL preferred). Strong familiarity with LabVIEW and LabVIEW RealTime environment. Strong familiarity with instrumentation such as spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, and function generators. Strong familiarity with embedded hardware design such as FPGAs, DSPs or MCUs. Familiarity with IEEE bus standards such as I2C, SPI, RS-232, USB and PTP. Experience working at-sea with instrumentation equipment. Prior work experience in professional or research oriented software development. Demonstrated skills in designing, building and deploying measurement and instrumentation hardware systems. Experience with signal processing using Matlab. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills. Cumulative GPA of 3.0.

General Notes
An agency designated by the federal government handles the investigation as to the requirement for eligibility for access to classified information. Factors considered during this investigation include but are not limited to allegiance to the United States, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations, drug involvement, the likelihood of continuation of such conduct, etc.

Applied Research Laboratories, the University of Texas at Austin (ARL:UT), is a Department of Defense University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Since 1945, ARL:UT has been engaged in sponsored research dedicated to improving our national security through applications of acoustics, electromagnetics, and information sciences. As the largest and one of the oldest research units of the university and a member of the Vice President for Research portfolio, ARL:UT is highly engaged in the three traditional roles of a major university - research, education, and public service.

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Company summary

ARL:UT is home to some of the world’s most advanced research teams in the areas of acoustics, electromagnetics, and information sciences. Our sponsors include branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, NIH, and agencies from the Intelligence Community.

Research and development professionals make up the majority of ARL:UT's total staff of approximately 750, and opportunities exist for all degree-level candidates in aerospace, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as in computer science, physics, and mathematics.


ARL:UT offers relocation packages, exceptional benefits, staff education programs, and a casual work environment. Employees enjoy the added benefit of living in the dynamic city of Austin.The culture here supports a high quality of life and fosters creativity and innovation. Our facility is located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus and located directly across the street from an area known as the Domain; a great outdoor shopping and restaurant area. The campus offers it's own onsite amenities such as dining option(s), workout area and other perks. Each year during the December holiday season the laboratory closes (with the exception a skeleton crew) for a typical 1 week minimum with paid holiday time off. ARL:UT will be expanding into a new multi-story building during the next few years and experiencing a time of great growth and opportunity for job seekers.

Tech Stack

Java, C, C++, Python, Linux

Interview process

Candidates are considered to have officially applied for the position once they complete the job application instructions/process (per the job posting). Candidates will typically be screened 1-2 times via phone and then interviewed onsite.

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