• RF Engineer, Advanced

    Location US-MD-Rockville | US-MD-Germantown
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  • Overview

    Capture Your Edge with a Global leader in the exciting field of Data Capture Solutions (DCS). With Global Sales of over $4.22B USD, Zebra Technologies has 100+ global offices in 45 countries.


    Zebra’s RFID products provide the broadest range of innovative RFID technology solutions to enable your organization to identify, track, manage and optimize the deployment of critical assets for improved business efficiency. By enabling improvements in sourcing, visibility, security and accuracy, Zebra helps you ensure the right asset is in the right place at the right time. No matter where you want to deploy RFID, we have a solution for your application. Only Zebra offers a business and industrial line of fixed, handheld and hands-free RFID readers that can meet the needs of most any environment. — from the carpeted office space to the retail sales floor, the warehouse, the production line and even the dock doors. Our fixed readers completely automate the capture of inventory information. Our handheld readers allow workers to keep accurate inventories and locate detailed assets quickly and easily. While our mobile and hands-free readers allow for dynamic and point of sale read points, enabling increased visibility throughout the enterprise. Join our RFID hardware team and contribute to the leading-edge RFID technology Zebra brings to the world.


    The RF Engineer is a key member of the RFID hardware team. The best candidate will display the ability to create and build a paper design and take it through to production. Practical knowledge of RF/Analog design backed by solid theoretical knowledge is important. Expertise in wireless communication domains and working knowledge of technologies such as WiFi, BT, WAN, GPS are also required.

    Often this role goes beyond core RF and encompasses digital, embedded and antenna knowledge, to efficiently work with teams and contribute meaningfully. Must be creative, proactive, motivated, detailed, organized and possess good interpersonal skills. The position is based in Rockville, MD with occasional travel to national and international locations.

    Essential Functions

    • Design of RF / Analog circuits for various products from start to finish
    • Test and optimization of these circuits at board level and product level to ensure product requirements are fulfilled
    • Involvement in architecture and platform development
    • Simulation at board and system level using various tools to balance trade-offs and ensure a solid product design
    • Paper design of circuits and capture in CAD tools. Provide layout mentorship to PCB designer
    • Regulatory test, debug and standards support
    • Bench prototyping of test circuits and soldering and rework as required for testing circuit boards
    • Manufacturing and cross-functional team interaction and support for project completion

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Strong team player and communicator
    • Specialist in RF circuit design, test and optimization
    • Proficient in matching circuits and inter-stage matching of various RF components and circuits
    • Expertise in power amplifier parameter derivation and design. Deep knowledge of non-linear behavior is critical
    • Expert in transmitter and receiver design from baseband to RF
    • Experienced in fault analysis and resolution at system and board level
    • Expert in the use of test equipment, such as spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, signal generators, phase noise test sets, RSAs, Oscilloscopes etc.
    • Working knowledge of soldering of surface mount components and rework of boards containing surface mount components is needed
    • Working knowledge of simulation software such as ADS, CST
    • Working knowledge of different modulation schemes and the trade-offs associated with them
    • Working knowledge of PCB design from capture to layout. Cadence knowledge is a plus. Familiarity with HDI and high-speed board design
    • Working knowledge of ETSI/FCC and EMC/EMI tests
    • Working knowledge in WiFi and BT is a plus
    • Strong insight into embedded system is a plus
    • Knowledge of phased array systems and antenna parameters are a plus


    • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ year experience or Master’s degree and 4+ year experience
    • Requires Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering
    • Masters in EE preferred
    • 5+ years’ work experience as an RF engineer
    • Demonstrated success in multiple product designs in an RF capacity


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