Riverside Research Institute

Radar Systems Engineer Entry/Mid Level

Location US-VA-Dahlgren
ID 2023-1781
Future Opportunities
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

Riverside Research is seeking a mid-level Radar Systems Engineer to support our Radar Assessment and Development (RAD) Group in Dahlgren, VA. The ideal candidate possesses solid experience in system-level design and integration, signal processing, analysis and verification of radar systems, simulation drivers, mission data processing, and forensic analysis. This position is focused on system simulation, algorithm development, the production of data analysis tools.

All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.


• Radar system and mission performance assessment, including detection, track, object classification/discrimination performance
• Technical data analysis for a wide array of engineering problems involving large-scale radar systems. These may include ground-based and mobile radar platforms that track ballistic missile and earth-orbiting targets
• Develop data analysis and regression tools for the operational test of a radar systems
• Investigation and root-cause analysis of system and software performance anomalies
• Assistance with system modernization and system architecture studies
• Test support, algorithm prototyping, and simulation, developing test plans and supporting test events for a radar system
• Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), algorithm prototyping, and simulation
• Investigation and mitigation of system and software performance anomalies
• System and mission requirements analysis, feasibility studies, system modernization and architecture studies
• Assist in developing a radar signal simulator based on scattering center models and rigid body dynamics.
• Develop MATLAB tools to analyze system resource utilization in stressing scenarios
• Develop radar simulation code based on models developed in-house and in open literature
• Support the development and testing of RAD’s Own the Technical Baseline (OTB); a tool for assessing reliability and maintainability of radar systems
• Develop system metric comparisons tools to illustrate performance trends within the threat space to facilitate system design and implementation updates
• Research novel waveform techniques to reduce overall timeline and radar resource utilization during time-intensive data collection such as SAR imaging
• Investigate beam-broadening techniques for phased array radar using penalty/barrier methods and convex optimization
• Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Math, or related technical field
  • 8+ years experience
  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance (Must be eligible to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance)
  • Proficient in MATLAB, C++, Python, or Java
  • Solid understanding of radar system functionality, performance limitations, and mission support requirements

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree is highly desired
  • Experience with Digital Signal Processing, RF/Microwave Engineering, Antennas, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves, Communications Systems, Probability/Noise & Stochastic Processes, Microwave Circuits and Networks

Global Comp

This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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