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POST DATE 9/17/2016
END DATE 12/16/2016

Applied Research Associates, Inc. Raleigh, NC

Applied Research Associates, Inc.
Job Classification
Full Time
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Raleigh, NC
Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Job Type
Bachelors Degree
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RF Communications System Modeler and Analyst




Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is seeking professionals with background in RF communications system modeling and simulation, RF propagation effects, and performance analysis. The successful applicant will support the modeling and analysis of a variety of military communications systems with an objective to develop a military standard (MIL-STD). A background in mathematical and computer modeling is highly desirable.

The initial work will evaluate and characterize natural and artificial threats to RF communications. Longer term, the successful candidate will learn to maintain and upgrade computer models and assist customers in the application of these models. Systems of interest include over the horizon LF/VLF and HF systems, line-of-sight systems operating at UHF and higher frequencies, and MILSATCOM. Some experience and expertise with modem design and testing, link budget analysis, antenna filtering, scintillation effects, and current military RF communications systems is desirable.

Software experience should include Fortran or C++, Visual Studio, software configuration management, and MS Office applications. Responsibilities will include participation in the process for developing an RF Disturbed Communications MIL-STD, conducting research on relevant RF systems, simulation of RF system performance in threat environments, and performing analysis that supports the MIL-STD. Future responsibilities will include R&D on software modeling, upgrades and maintenance of models, customer support, and application of modeling and simulation to support link design, testing and analysis.

This position requires a Bachelor's degree, 5 years of experience and expertise with RF communications or equivalent military training, and competence in software development. Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Candidate selected would have the option to work out of Division Office in Santa Barbara, CA, or Raleigh, NC


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1300 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company's success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, 'Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit' sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at

Please apply at for the RF Communications Analyst, (SED-2016-068) position.

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ARA is an At-Will Employer

- Bachelor's degree in a science or engineering discipline relevant to RF communications system analysis

- Software development, test and verification, including Fortran or C++.

- Knowledge of principles, concepts, and techniques of analysis and methodologies related to RF communications system performance assessment

- Ability to collaborate and interact with government customers and software users

- 5 years of RF communications analysis experience

- Active Department of Defense Secret Clearance

- Understanding of relevant military RF communications system operations


Raleigh, North Carolina, United States