Darkblade Systems

Electrical Engineer

Job Locations US-MD-Aberdeen Proving Ground
Full Time
Clearance Level Required


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  • Darkblade Systems, an Intrepid Solutions company, is a trusted provider of specialized capabilities to priority programs within the defense and intelligence communities, delivering scientific, engineering, technical, operational support, and training services. Formed in 2010, Darkblade Systems strives to be a business that puts people first: clients, colleagues, employees, and teammates. Our cleared personnel are experts in the operationalization and deployment of new and emerging technologies.


Darkblade Systems has an opportunity for a deployable Electrical Engineer to provide engineering support work at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.  


Electrical Engineer responsibilities:

  • Assist in engineering discipline activities for conducting system, subsystem, and component level reverse engineering, replications, and validation.
  • Provide hands-on RF collection, characterization, and reverse engineering of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) equipment and components.
  • Provide hands-on technical forensic exploitation support for technical intelligence (TECHINT), media exploitation (MEDEX), cell phone exploitation (CELLEX), electronic exploitation (ELEX), and other unique exploitation missions.
  • Write draft characterization reports and information tables, based on requirements.



  • This is a full-time position, with travel expectations
  • It is anticipated that this position will require 100% onsite support


TRAVEL: Position requires up to 25% travel




  • Active Top Secret / SCI required




  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and 3 years of experience, OR
  • Associates degree and 6 years of experience, OR
  • High school diploma and 8 years of experience




  • Experience in schematic capture and printed circuit board (PCB) layout.
  • Electronic and / or RF experience with testing with related equipment.
  • Understanding RF communications, with emphasis on characterization of electronic circuits.
  • Experience using benchtop RF equipment, to include Signal Generators, Spectrum Analyzers, Oscilloscopes, and other equipment.
  • Perform standard RF measurements (e.g., occupied bandwidth, average power, pulse width) using the previously listed test equipment.
  • Experience synthesizing and generating various types of RF waveforms using arbitrary waveform generators.


  • Experience in reverse engineering electronic devices from start to finish.
  • Experience in reverse engineering electronic components and circuit boards.
  • Experience with soldering and re-working (e.g., through-hole, surface mount, cable assembles, wire harnesses).
  • General RF or electronic domain design or test experience.
  • Basic MATLAB (and other basic programming / scripting) skills, should be able to apply digital processing techniques to communication signals. Techniques include digital filtering, sample rate conversion, frequency / phase estimation, demodulation, carrier recovery, timing recovery, channel equalization, pulse shaping, and forward error correction.
  • Experience working with embedded systems such as Arduino and writing programs leveraging the SPI bus to configure and analyze various chipsets.


Darkblade Systems does not have a vaccination mandate applicable to all employees. To protect the health and safety of its employees and to comply with customer requirements, however, Darkblade Systems may require employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site requirements.

Darkblade Systems is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.




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