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BAE Systems

FAST Labs - Senior Principal RF Scientist



Full Time

On Site


Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States

Job Description Because of the need for consistent, in-person collaboration and/or the requirement to perform all work onsite due to the nature of this particular role, it will be performed full-time on site. This means work will be conducted on location at a BAE Systems facility 100% of the time.

See what you’re missing. Our employees work on the world’s most advanced electronics – from detecting threats for F-35 pilots to illuminating the night for soldiers. Spanning air, land, sea, and space, we are developing the technology of tomorrow, delivered today. Drawing strength from our differences, we’re innovating for the future. And you can, too. Our flexible work environment provides you a chance to change the world without giving up your personal life. We put our customers first – exemplified by our mission: “We Protect Those Who Protect Us®.” Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with BAE Systems.

BAE Systems is looking for a Multi-function RF Scientist to join our advanced R&D arm, FAST Labs. The focus of the Scientist career path is the technical leadership of research and development projects, defining, capturing, and executing contract 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 research and development programs. Scientists are expected to grow to become world-class experts whose technical expertise is sought out by our customers. Scientists are expected to be well-known in their technical community and actively engaged with the research community outside of BAE Systems. Scientists use their position, reputation, and technical expertise to create and lead research programs that advance technology for purposes of providing discriminating capabilities for BAE Systems. Scientists focus on 1) technical leadership of programs as the principal investigator; 2) the capture of new business opportunities as the technical lead; and 3) guiding the strategic planning of technology to coordinate investments, captures, and program execution towards overall BAE Systems business objectives. When called on, a Scientist may be an individual contributor, a team leader, or the Program Engineering Manager on a project.

A Scientist may be program manager on a small programs, e.g. a seedling effort. Scientists are expected to have quantitative new business capture objectives, focused on new business pursuits and the capture of follow-up work to the seedling efforts they lead. Scientists are expected to have significant customer interaction, initiating customer contact to create new business opportunities. Scientists are expected to be entrepreneurial in the creation, shaping, capture, and promotion of CRAD for groundbreaking technologies for current and future BAE Systems products including Radio Frequency and EO/IR domains. Scientists are expected to provide strategic guidance to programs and to portfolios of programs to align technology development to business needs. Scientists may participate in program transition planning.

Pursuant to a government contract, this specific position requires US citizenship status.
Required Education, Experience, & Skills

  • College degree bachelors in science or higher.
  • Experience leading the design, development, execution and implementation of novel, state-of-the-art scientific solutions to complex technical problems.
  • Ability to guide team in executing complex research plans with radio frequency and EO/IR technology
  • Experience in defining, proposing and leading independent research and development efforts.
  • Experience as a project principal investigator for complex research effort (10+ people).
  • Ability to coordinate technical project performance with program leadership.
  • Perform as a significant contributor to the business development process, especially with conceiving of novel and innovative ideas for new customers.
  • Experience in bidding and winning new business.
  • Experience in multi-function Radio Frequency and/or multi-spectral technologies.
  • Experience in EW, communications, radar and/or signal/image processing technology.
Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills
  • An active US Secret clearance
About BAE Systems Electronic Systems BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference. Electronic Systems (ES) is the global innovator behind BAE Systems’ game-changing defense and commercial electronics. Exploiting every electron, we push the limits of what is possible, giving our customers the edge and our employees opportunities to change the world. Our products and capabilities can be found everywhere – from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. At our core are more than 14,000 highly talented Electronic Systems employees with the brightest minds in the industry, we make an impact – for our customers and the communities we serve. At BAE Systems, we celebrate the array of skills, experiences, and perspectives our employees bring to the table. For us, differences are a source of strength. We’re laser-focused on high performance, and we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where all employees can innovate and thrive. Here, you will not only build your career, but you will also enjoy work-life balance, uncover new experiences, and collaborate with passionate colleagues.