NIWC Pacific – Scientist

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Support the Atmospheric Propagation Branch’s Radio Frequency and High Frequency (RF/HF) related activities to measure and model propagation of electromagnetic (EM) radiation and imagery in the maritime environment. Research and understand fundamental beam propagation factors such as the influence of meteorology, and/or turbulence on propagating EM beams. Develop software that aids the data analysis and modeling efforts. Design, integrate, test, and explore RF/HF technologies and systems in both laboratory and field test settings. Maintain proficiency with the operation of all the instruments that are necessary to quantify the behavior of an EM propagating beam. Evaluate the performance and research future improvements of RF systems and devise RF testbeds to characterize the performance of RF systems, analyze data, and propose design refinements. Lead the development of theoretical analysis of atmospheric propagation data; study the impact of atmospheric phenomena on electromagnetic system performance and provide study results. Contribute in the development of tactical decision aids (TDAs). Write technical reports describing field campaign measurements and analysis results. Circulate knowledge by articulating ideas clearly through papers and presentations to technical staff, management, and government decision makers. Interact with personnel from other Codes within NIWC Pacific or organizations outside NIWC Pacific as necessary and according to project needs. Work cross-cutting issues between teams and/or across disciplines to support design, troubleshooting and test activities.


PhD in Aerospace, Meteorology, Climate Science, Physics, or another related technical field. Have research or internship experience in Climate Science, Meteorology, RF/HF systems, propagation, or signal processing. Have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and have demonstrated success while working within a team environment. Ability to travel up to 10% of the time as needed. Are able to obtain a Secret security clearance by your start date. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include ability to have secret clearance.

Interested students are welcome to create a profile on the Jacobs School Job & Internship Portal to formally apply, and connect with Alice Grgas ( for a direct referral to the NIWC contact hiring.