Job Opportunity: Electrical Engineer with National Geographic

The National Geographic Society is currently recruiting a Electrical Engineer. The engineer will work on circuit systems and firmware curation. The engineer will also travel to provide technological support to various field projects and expeditions. The applicant should have a BS in electrical engineering and three years of experience as a design engineer. 

Date published: 2017/08/15


Position Summary

Takes a leading role in electrical system design for various Exploration Technologies projects. Take a project management roll on architectural design, analog and digital subsystem design, prototyping, and testing. Manages circuit board fabrication, component selection, and population. Performs embedded system software development (firmware). Seamlessly works as an individual contributor or manages project resources to achieve project goals. Participates in design reviews and prepares and maintains project documentation. Has excellent written and verbal communications skills to convey project requirements with stakeholders and manage expectations. Provides technical field support for Exploration gear.


Key Focus Areas

System Design

  • Designs electronic circuits from an architectural level down to a component level
  • Including conceptual design, prototyping, software development, and testing.
  • Will work with other engineers to direct component and vendor selection, schematic capture, printed circuit board layout, and manufacture
  • Manages all aspects of overall system design (35%)

Project Management

Acts as project manager on projects:

  • Tracking progress of overall system development, and the completion of individual tasks
  • Developing workflow to ensure on-time project completion
  • Maintaining documentation related to the project (20%)

Engineering Research

  • Conducts research on a continuing and regular basis to ensure that National Geographic remains abreast of the latest developments in the fields of photography, audio, data collection and other relevant technologies
  • Attends technical conferences (15%)

Reports and Presentations

  • Prepares reports and presentations on new or potential projects and technologies
  • Determines cost, schedule, and feasibility for new designs
  • Presents papers at technical conferences (15%)

Deployment Support

This employee will travel to deployments that require engineering support:

  • Ability to lead the deployment of new technology in the field
  • Supports system deployment on Society and Society-related projects
  • Maintains equipment in the field and supervises repairs upon return to the shop
  • Participates in system improvements as necessary (15%)


  • Accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering

Minimum Experience

  • 5 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer.  At least 3 years of experience as a design engineer 



  • Altium Designer (capture and layout), Spice simulation, Embedded system firmware development, LabVIEW, Matlab, and Microsoft Office
  •  Electrical test equipment usage including Oscilloscopes, Multimeters, and Vector Network Analyzers 
  • Experience with Simulink, FPGA development, Arduino development, Logic Analyzer, 3D modeling tools and project management tools desired


  • Interns, Contract Employees, Outside Contractors
  • Responsibility percentages may vary depending on business needs

National Geographic's headquarters is located in the heart of Washington, D.C. In addition to a unique and dynamic work environment, National Geographic offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental benefits, generous vacation and leave time, a 401(k) plan, and flexible work options. National Geographic is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply

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