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RF/mmW Subsystems Group Lead

Malibu, CA, USA Req #508
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Located in Malibu, California, HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art.


The Radio Frequency (RF) and Millimeter-Wave (mmW) Subsystems Group is part of RF and Photonics Subsystems Department with a highly talented team of scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds in digital, analog, RF, applied electromagnetics and microelectronics packaging and assembly. The mission of the group is to develop state of the art active and passive components, modules, packaging solutions and subsystems for next generation RF/mmW subsystems such as Radar, Electronic Warfare (EW) and Communications.

We seek a self-motivated scientist / engineer with strong communication and leadership skills to serve as the group lead for RF/mmW Subsystems. The role consists of roughly 30% management and 70% technical contributions. Line management duties include managing resources, talent acquisition (e.g. recruiting), staff professional development/mentorship and additional department-wide, lab-wide, and HRL-wide assignments (e.g. planning for capital investments). Technical duties require candidate to participate in the development of lab-wide strategies, contribute and lead on internal and US government proposal and marketing activities, brief program progress to customers, create and manage work plans to meet or exceed schedule deadlines, and provide written and oral summaries of work performed as needed (e.g. for reports).


At least 3 years of experience in a role involving leadership of highly trained technical staff

More than 10 years of hands-on experience for developing advanced passive and active RF components and subsystems such as Phased-Array Radar/Communication, and EW for advanced defense systems

Demonstrated experience with successful resource allocation and management of technical projects related to US government contracts

Candidates should possess a proven track record of developing novel and successful solutions to complex technical issues

Experience with US government proposal and marketing activities


Extensive knowledge of RF (0.1-200+ GHz) and electromagnetic (EM) is required

Knowledge of conventional microelectronic packaging and integration is required

Knowledge of system engineering, program and project management processes and tools is required

Familiarity with digital, mixed-signal, power and signal integrity, and thermal management

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related scientific discipline


Proficiency in use of computers, engineering work stations, complex electronic equipment, oral and written communication, interaction with vendors/colleagues and willingness to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Ability to work well in a team and independently. Ability and willingness to travel 20% of time. Must be sufficiently mobile to work within confined spaces and have both visual and hearing acuity.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (e.g. driver’s license, special tools or restrictions):
U.S. citizenship is required. Security clearance or ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.
HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Malibu, CA, USA