Electrical Engineer – Radiation Effects

Posted 19 days ago

Join us and be an integral part of an innovative industry leading team who specializes in the designing and testing of electronic parts in radiation environments, providing quality engineering services and products to the DoD.

We are looking for an Electrical Engineer supporting radiation effects testing who will effectively manage the entire testing process from design to analysis and can be an active contributor to the team with complex testing as well as build relationships with facility operators and engineers to support the testing process.  

Keep reading IF:

YOU ARE CREATIVE. You take initiative to think up new ideas and solutions and implement them strategically and effectively. You are not afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and learn new techniques and thrive when there is uncertainty in the project, creating opportunity for development.

YOU ARE A TEAM PLAYER. You thrive working in team environments, sharing ideas and solutions while also effectively managing your time to meet various deadlines.

YOU ARE A SELF-STARTER. You enjoy wearing many hats while managing the testing process from start to finish. You always diligently meet deadlines and manage to budget a project accurately.


In the first 30 days and ongoing:

  • Learns Fifth Gait’s services, processes and procedures, and facilities partnership & responsibilities
  • Becomes familiar with the physics of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation environments and the effects on semiconductors through each phase of development
  • Builds positive working relationships with the facility operators and engineers
  • Asks insightful questions to gain knowledge and understanding about how to manage core job responsibilities

By 90-day mark and ongoing:

  • Has foundational knowledge of the design, construction, testing and analyzing process for radiation testing on electronic parts
  • Has basic understanding of nuclear physics and the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation on semiconductors
  • Is familiar with the tools and instruments required for designing and constructing circuit boards, including, circuit design software, soldering station, microscope, power supplies, digital multimeters (DMM), oscilloscopes, and function generators

By 6th month mark and ongoing:

  • Executes the testing process from researching the electronic part to drafting test plans and reports to sharing data findings and analysis results from the testing
  • Thoroughly understands the estimated life cycle for conducting an experiment from start to finish, from simple to more complex parts, with deadlines and budget in mind

By the 12th month mark and ongoing:

  • Develops and manages 2-3 tests at a time through the entire life cycle of executed experiments, from design to analysis with minimal supervision, demonstrating the properties of electronic circuits in radiation environments
  • Correlates the relationship between operational nuclear environments to the simulated radiation environments of the test facility
  • Exhibits enthusiasm and drive when working on complex projects, working to find creative solutions for our clients, and developing new techniques and methods that are more efficient and provide better results


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or related fields required
  • Advanced degree is a plus
  • 2+ years of related work experience in Circuit design, analysis and testing
  • Programming experience with C/C++, C# and Python
  • Working experience with micro controllers, FPGAs, embedded programming, and mixed signal design
  • Working experience with radiation test facilities and/or nuclear physics is a plus
  • Experience with Hardware Description Languages (HDL) such as Verilog or VHDL a plus
  • Experience with building an experimental apparatus that collects data in either academia or professional career a plus
  • MUST be able to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance, either active or previously held is a plus


Fifth Gait Technologies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a minority woman-owned small business providing quality and timely engineering services and products to the DoD. Since its inception, the company has evolved its capabilities into becoming the leading provider of nuclear hardened designs which have the ability to not only survive but operate through challenging environments.

Fifth Gait scientists and engineers continue to develop radiation standards, software and tools, and unprecedented design technologies.rating the properties of microelectronic circuits in radiation environments. A good candidate will fit with a fast paced environment where new tests are conducted every week.

Programming experience should include data analysis and embedded programming using C/C++, C#, and Python. Experience with Verilog or VHDL preferred.

Applicants shall be U.S. citizens and shall comply with applicable program security requirements. The applicant must be able to obtain a DOD Secret security clearance. An active Secret clearance within the last 2 years is strongly preferred.

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or related fields.  Advanced degree is a plus.

2 years of experience in circuit design, analysis and test. Experience with micro controllers, FPGAs and mixed signal design preferred.  Experience with radiation test facilities is a plus.

Fifth Gait Technologies, Inc., a California Corporation founded in 2007, is a minority-woman owned small business providing quality and timely engineering services and products to the DoD.
Fifth Gait offers competitive salaries and outstanding benefits including medical, dental, and optical coverage, generous annual bonuses, and a pension plan including company matching.

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