General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Antenna Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 21130BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Antenna Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Desired

Job Summary:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Antenna Engineer to join the GA-ASI: Mission Systems Antenna Technology Department, sitting in San Diego, CA (Rancho Bernardo/Poway).

The successful candidate will be part of a small, multi-disciplined team of engineers engaged in R&D with an emphasis on antennas, electromagnetic applications, and RF systems using advanced materials and devices to develop next generation physical layer solutions for Unmanned Air Vehicles and other applications. This position will require working with a GA team that covers technical backgrounds in RF and mixed signal design, signal processing, FPGAs, Mechanical, and Materials engineering. The R&D activity is expected to transition over time to the production of flight-qualified hardware.


  • Provide antenna systems design/analysis support and requirements across a diverse range of platforms.

  • In depth electromagnetic analysis for radome development and other advanced R&D programs.

  • Participate in proposal preparation and technical analysis in support of new business activities.

  • Lead or assist the project lead to manage system requirements, and lead technical problem resolution across engineering disciplines during the execution of the program.

  • Provide technical support to insure that work products meet requirements through fabrication and test.

  • Prepare and present status/progress reports, PDR & CDR presentations, and formal proposals to senior level personnel and customers.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Clearance Level: Secret

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; six or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, four or more years of experience with a masters degree, or two or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Must have a thorough understanding of engineering concepts, principles, codes, and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.

  • Must possess the ability to develop and communicate new concepts; apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.

  • Has a strong understanding of system level design, both hardware and software, particularly with regards to ESM sensor systems.

  • Has familiarity with advanced adaptive array processing algorithms and other signal processing techniques.

  • Demonstrates a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.

  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective leadership interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government representatives. Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems.

  • Must be customer focused, able to work on a self-initiated basis or in a team environment and able to work extended hours and travel as required.

  • Proficiency with electromagnetic analysis software such as HFSS, FEKO or CST Microwave Studio.

  • Experience with AWR or ADS microwave circuit simulator is desired.

  • Proficiency with MATLAB, Python, C/C++ is desired.

  • Familiarity with antenna measurements (anechoic chamber, outdoor range, laboratory).

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required. (Requires U.S. Citizenship).

  • An active Security Clearance is preferred.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.