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Leidos Senior Enterprise IT&C Radio Frequency Systems Engineer in Centennial, Colorado


Job Description:

Leidos is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient. (

Our Civil Group ( offers an array of exciting career opportunities for the best IT, energy, logistics and engineering professionals.

Leidos is seeking a Senior Enterprise IT&C Radio Frequency Systems Engineer to support the US Antarctic Program (USAP). The position is responsible for working with managers, engineers, technicians, and end-users to actively advise and assist in all aspects of RF communication systems engineering, operation, sustainment, and decommissioning.

The successful candidate is to establish and maintain familiarity with technical details of, and support requirements for, all radio communication systems used throughout the USAP. Systems include HF, VHF, UHF, microwave, paging, field and infrastructure wireless links, L band satellite, and other RF equipment as assigned. The position’s nominal work location is in Centennial, Colorado and supports numerous locations overseas. Operational locations include but are not limited to McMurdo, Amundsen-Scott South Pole, and Palmer stations, two marine research vessels, and logistics hubs in New Zealand and Chile. This position coordinates support of RF systems with IT&C Station Managers and their staff, members of the science community, and engineering staff in the ASC Centennial office.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Design RF systems to expand, modify, replace, and decommission RF equipment with the goal of modernizing systems, reducing maintenance costs, improving reliability, expanding capabilities, and applying best possible solutions to serve evolving mission needs.

  • Support all RF communications system development, operation, and sustainment activities, including support to RF related projects and science efforts.

  • Create, execute, or provide remote technical support for the execution of test plans to verify project performance requirements.

  • Establish, update, and validate adequacy of both new and existing RF equipment maintenance plans and procedures, to include assuring adequate test equipment is available on stations.

  • Identify and recommend life-cycle procurements for investment prioritization.

  • Document and validate system characteristics as required to facilitate Spectrum Management.

  • Maintain inventories of equipment.

  • Develop seasonal technical plans as needed.

  • Provide technical training, support, and guidance to station staff.

  • Create formal system documentation and status reports.

  • Accomplish administrative functions on an as needed basis to establish, coordinate, document, sustain, and curtail services acquired through external entities.

  • Maintain working relationships with IT&C Station Managers, their staff, and Centennial-based engineering teams to ensure radio communications success.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 8+ years of experience or a Master’s Degree and 5+ years of experience; additional years of experience will be considered in lieu of degree.

  • Professional writing and presentation skills.

  • Ability to create formal documents such as reports, proposals, technical procedures, and system documentation for both non-technical and technical audiences.

  • Proficiency with nominal MS Office suite programs and Visio.

  • Experience designing, installing, and maintaining radio communication electronics to include HF, VHF, UHF, and microwave systems.

  • Experience with link budget and area coverage predictive modeling.

  • Extensive knowledge of Land Mobile Radio (LMR) industry, manufacturers, and technology.

  • Antenna theory knowledge sufficient to define antennae selection, placement, and mounting requirements to achieve proper link margins and reliable area coverage.

  • Experience working with remote technical teams and their leadership, within a structured but matrixed organizational hierarchy.

  • Experience training and providing both remote and on-site support to technical teams.

  • Knowledge of and ability to support Spectrum Management processes.

  • Experience with Radio Frequency Interference analysis and mitigation processes.

  • Well-developed organizational skills.

* Deployment to Antarctica is required (approximately 6 to 8 weeks / year). The individual in the position must successfully complete the physical and dental examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action. *

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Project Management processes and procedures.

  • Experience working with stakeholders to accomplish requirements derivation, requirements allocation, timeline analysis, cost estimation, and interface definition studies.

  • Experience with RF analysis and modeling software such as STK, TAP, etc.

  • Experience conducting trade studies; researching new technologies and industry trends.

  • Functional knowledge of Iridium L band satellite systems capabilities and service administration.

  • Knowledge of cellular, WiFi, fiber, Telco, and wireless network technology.

  • Knowledge of regulations governing aviation and marine RF systems.

  • Experience working within a cross-functional design team environment.

Driven by our talented workforce, the Integrated Missions Operation builds trust through an array of energy-related IT, environmental science and engineering solutions to meet our customers’ needs.

Key Programs and/or Capabilities:

  • Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) (

  • Large Infrastructure

  • Mission Support

  • Digital Modernization (

  • Command & Control

  • Mission Applications

  • Science (

  • Energy and Environment (

  • Engineering Services

Leidos is growing! Connect with us on LinkedIn ( and Facebook ( . We value and support the well-being and mobility of our employees with competitive benefit packages, complementary e-learning training, work-life flexibility, an exciting External Referral Program ( , and a diverse, inclusive and ethical work place. In fact, in 2020, Leidos was ranked as one of the “World's Most Ethical Companies” ( by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.

External Referral Bonus:Ineligible

Potential for Telework:No

Clearance Level Required:None

Travel:Yes, 25% of the time

Scheduled Weekly Hours:40


Requisition Category:Professional

Job Family:Systems Engineering

Pay Range:Pay Range $91,000.00 - $140,000.00 - $189,000.00

Leidos is a Fortune 500®information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 38,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $11.09 billion for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. For more information, visit

Pay and benefits are fundamental to any career decision. That's why we craft compensation packages that reflect the importance of the work we do for our customers. Employment benefits include competitive compensation, Health and Wellness programs, Income Protection, Paid Leave and Retirement. More details are available here ( .

Leidos will never ask you to provide payment-related information at any part of the employment application process. And Leidos will communicate with you only through emails that are sent from a email address. If you receive an email purporting to be from Leidos that asks for payment-related information or any other personal information, please report the email to

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

REQNUMBER: R-00046718

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an equal opportunity employer/disability/vet.