Communications Engineer

High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTech) is an infrastructure-centered firm focusing on practice, research, policy, and technology transfer.  HPTech was established in 2003 with the primary purpose of serving the U.S. federal government at their facilities and project sites. Our uniqueness lies in our ability to integrate physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, planning, and policy when developing and delivering infrastructure solutions.


​HPTech is currently pursuing a major federal contract, and we are identifying candidates who would be interested in working with us should we be awarded the contract. The position would be part of a research team conducting studies on new traffic operation concepts and technologies to improve the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of the existing surface transportation system. These activities are aimed at safely increasing the effective handling capacity of the existing roadway system without the expense of building and maintaining new roads. The research currently being performed by the team includes the development and evaluation of systems (hardware and software) and concepts to support Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA); the development of new Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation (AMS) tools that account for the addition of connected and automated vehicles in the traffic stream, including the development and use of hardware-in-the-loop, software-in-the-loop, and other virtual environments; and investigation of new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), and use of data collection and information sharing to improve traffic management capabilities and develop decision support systems for managers of traffic operations. The position of Communications Engineer is responsible for engineering of voice and data, analog and digital, communication networks over twisted-pair, cable, and wireless media, and in a variety of networks (including point-to-point, switched, and cellular).



  • Perform engineering duties in the analysis of the performance of wireless, RF and communications/cellular or satellite networks.

  • Provide direct experience with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), ITS applications, transportation systems, wireless communication systems, performing channel loading analysis, test planning and execution, IEEE and other related standards, and engineering and evaluation.

  • Perform engineering duties to plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information.

  • Ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure.



  • Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science.

  • At least 4 years of related experience.

  • Knowledge in the areas of wireless communication systems and methods and wireless connectivity site evaluation.

  • Demonstrated experience in defining requirements from multi-perspective, user operational needs and translating those requirements into a multi-level detailed and multi-perspective representation (or “architecture”) of an operating information, communications, and control system.

  • Demonstrated experience in allocating the architecture at any level into coherent modules for development of further detail, and the re-integration of detailed development into a working whole at the next highest level.

  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and writing skills.

  • Excellent team and collaborative skills.

  • Experience in a research environment highly desirable.

This anticipated position, which is contingent upon the contract award to HPTech, would be based in McLean, Virginia.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

For timely consideration, submit your resume by April 2, 2021 to:

HPTech is an Equal Opportunity 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.