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Scientist - Microwave Systems

San Diego, California
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Date posted 05/12/2020 Job ID 28861BR Company General Atomics Experience Level Senior (8+ years) Job Title Scientist - Microwave Systems City San Diego State California Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

Job Summary General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

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

General Atomics’ decades of work on magnetic fusion have made us a world leader in high-power microwave technologies, particularly with microwave control and transmission. In addition to plasma heating for fusion devices, high-power microwaves may be used in applications such as advanced radar systems, electronic warfare, and materials treatment.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Scientist to work within our Magnetic Fusion Technologies (MFE) group in support of the DIII-D program in San Diego, CA, the ITER project and other fusion facilities. This position under general supervision with limited review will conduct high and lower power microwave system designs, analyses, fabrication, installation and operation of plasma heating and diagnostic equipment.


  • Design, analyze, manufacture, test, install and operate microwave systems and plasma diagnostic equipment.
  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain microwave components and systems.
  • Work with scientists, engineers, and technicians to develop requirements for diagnostic systems, transmission line and RF/microwave components.
  • Interface with the plasma diagnostic and microwave communities. Document designs, analyses, test results and conclusions, and communicates results to staff and community via technical presentations.
  • Design, analyze and test new diagnostic components and systems. This requires familiarity with electromagnetic and light transmission theories, and the use of numerical simulation tools. May develop and/or perform computational modeling of scientific phenomena.
  • Perform research and development efforts in development of new microwave-based technology.
  • Provide direction to engineering and technician staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications
  • Typically requires a Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD in a scientific or related technical field and progressively complex scientific experience as follows; nine or more years experience with a Bachelors degree, seven or more years experience with a Masters degree, and four or more with a PhD. Equivalent scientific experience may be substituted in lieu of education.
  • Must possess the ability to independently (1) understand new concepts quickly; (2) apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (3) organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, (4) determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.
  • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one scientific area; and, lead a team of less experienced professional employees on semi-routine tasks.
  • Facility in moving rapidly from one task area to another, and ability to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • Numerical methods and scientific programming knowledge, including experience with one or more signal processing and system analysis environments such as Matlab, IDL, or Python.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the scientific and engineering communities including written and oral technical presentations.
  • Experience using and debugging real-time data acquisition, digitizers, signal conditioning, and data interpretation.
  • History of publication of original work(s) in professional scientific journals or formal technical equivalents.
Travel Percentage Required 0% - 25% US Citizenship Required? No Clearance Required? No Apply Now
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