Assistant Communications Engineer

Carnegie Mellon | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 6/11/2024

The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Our core purpose is to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect free, within budget and on time, every time.

The CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is seeking applicants for the Assistant Communications Engineer role. In this role, a successful candidate will employ a multi-disciple approach to investigate, test, and validate performance of Radio Frequency systems. They will support research and test and evaluation activities with the objective of ensuring operational reliability and resilience of deployed customer systems and platforms. This position requires strong professional and team environment skills. The SEI is a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University.

What you’ll do:

  • Characterize and test RF communication and network systems
  • Analyze and assess performance of RF systems
  • Design and maintain physical and virtual RF test environments
  • Automate data collection and testing processes
  • Research novel approaches to affecting various wireless link and networks
  • Research and implement novel approaches to security of various wireless systems and networks

Who you are:

  • You have a BS in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related field.
  • You have a deep interest in RF systems and networks with a penchant for intellectual curiosity and a desire to make an impact beyond your organization.
  • You have practical experience with evaluating performance of RF systems including modulation techniques, waveform analysis, and propagation.
  • You have experience performing RF data analysis to understand and analyze RF environments based on collected data, and effectively communicating results and conclusions.
  • You have experience testing, analyzing, evaluating, and documenting RF systems performance.
  • You have strong teamwork skills especially with working in interdisciplinary teams with professionals from other fields in a multi-tasking environment.
  • You have superb communication skills (oral and written), particularly regarding technical communications with non-experts.
  • Applicants with a solid technical background in RF systems or cybersecurity foundations, but not both, are encouraged to apply provide a strong desire to rapidly learn on the job.
  • You have a strong desire to learn and take on dynamic challenges applying your existing skills and developing new skills.

You are able to:

  • Travel to various locations to support the SEI’s overall mission. This includes within the SEI and CMU community, mission partner sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion (10%).
  • You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Why work here?

  • Join a world-class organization that continues to have a significant impact on software. 
  • Work with cutting-edge technologies and dedicated experts to solve tough problems for the government and the nation. 
  • Be surrounded by friendly and knowledgeable staff with broad expertise across AI/ML, cybersecurity, software engineering, risk management, and policy creation.
  • Get 8% monthly contribution for your retirement, without having to contribute yourself. 
  • Get tuition benefits to CMU and other institutions for you and your dependent children. 
  • Enjoy a healthy work/life balance with flexible work arrangements and paid parental and military leave. 
  • Get access to university resources including mindfulness programs, childcare and back-up care benefits, a monthly transit benefit on WMATA, free transportation on the Pittsburgh Regional Transit System. 
  • Enjoy annual professional development opportunities; attend conferences and training or obtain a certification and get reimbursed for membership in professional societies. 
  • Qualify for relocation assistance and so much more. 

Joining the CMU team opens the door to an array of exceptional benefits available to eligible employees.

Those employees who are benefits eligible have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of advantages from comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance to an enticing retirement savings program offering a generous employer contribution. You can also unlock your potential with tuition benefits and take well-deserved breaks with ample paid time off and observed holidays. Finally, rest easy knowing you are covered by life and accidental death and disability insurance.

Other perks include a free Pittsburgh Regional Transit bus pass, our Family Concierge Team to help navigate childcare needs, fitness center access, and so much more!

For a comprehensive overview of the benefits that may be awaiting you, explore our Benefits page.

At Carnegie Mellon, we value the whole package when extending offers of employment. Beyond just credentials, we consider the role and responsibilities, your invaluable work experience, and the knowledge gained through education and training. We acknowledge and appreciate your unique skills and the diverse perspective you bring. Your journey with us is about more than just a job; it’s about finding the perfect fit for your professional growth and personal aspirations.

Are you interested in an exciting opportunity with an exceptional organization?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Software/Applications Development/Engineering

Position Type

Staff – Regular

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information:

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  • Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.
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