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Arlington, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2103974

Sr. Program Technologist

ICF is a mission-driven company filled with people who care deeply about improving the lives of others and making the world a better place. Our core values include Embracing Difference; we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of difference.

ICF is recruiting for a highly talented and motivated Sr. Program Technologist with demonstrated experience in wireless research and standardization. The ideal candidate will have a strong background radio communication and signal processing including emerging 5G enabling technologies. This role will be in support of a new science and engineering analytical program.  This is an opportunity to join a diverse & dynamic team to gain experience and exposure to cutting edge research and development. This role is based in Alexandria, VA.

Duties to include, but not be limited to:

  • Provide programmatic support for review management of proposals, award management, programmatic support for the Convergence Accelerator and the funded portfolio.

  • Identify complex problems and consider advanced, yet practical solutions for massive MIMO systems, joint communication and sensing, full duplex communications.

  • Innovative thinking about hardware, RF design, software and combinations thereof as well as technology evaluation, concept design, prototype development, implementation and demonstration.

  • Leverage understanding of funded 5G research

  • Differentiate between an innovative proposal and one regurgitating requirements

  • Proofread reviews

  • Follow subject matter debate and discussion

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Masters and 12+ overall years of experience OR a  Ph.D and 8+ years overall experience

  • Degree Should be in a National Science Foundation filed area (e.g., Computer Science is encouraged, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Cybersecurity).

  • 5-7 years’ experience within the wireless industry with emphasis Physical layer/Layer1 in LTE Advanced and 5G New Radio standards.

  • Must have knowledge of mobile R&D, mobile security, and 5G. This position will support the Secure 5G Program Director within NSF’s Convergence Accelerator.

  • Experience in signal processing principles in radio access and media handling, i.e., on the operation of cellular modems, audiovisual codecs, physical layer, protocols.

  • Experience in 3GPP standardization on SA and RAN WGs.

  • Experience in the design of wireless communications systems.

  • Strong understanding of core network technologies and concepts.

  • Strong theoretical backgrounds related to telecommunications, especially wireless (cellular) communications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience evaluating wireless baseband performance and user experience

  • Programming ability in R, Python and Matlab Research/publication experience+.

  • Experience with Software Defined Radio Systems including GNU Radio with a demonstrated ability to use design patterns and software engineering best practices for secure, scalable, reliable, rapid implementation.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to a scientific audience.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Arlington, VA (VA31)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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