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RF Engineer

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5 Sep 2022
Your knowledge of satellite communications systems designs, understanding of RF propagation theories, and sound technical engineering background, will help you to support my client as a RF Engineer. You ll be working for a leading UK independent Design House, Systems Engineering and Consultancy Group, whose primary mission is to deliver high calibre and bespoke technical support across the satellite communication industry, as well as offering support to terrestrial, wireless systems, cellular systems, and even non-satcom space missions (including GNSS and Earth Observation). About the role The team is involved in establishing the assurance and test programmes for satellite communications networks for both civil and military customers. These networks can involve GEO, MEO and LEO satellite constellations and modern multi-purpose complex communications payloads. As a RF Engineer within the team, you will help to support the testing and validation of ground segment operations for the company s clients, ranging from hands-on configuration of RF gateways and satellite simulators to running test campaigns for new features and devices. Additionally, my client has a history of helping their customers procure the next generation of land and maritime terminals and managing the integration of these systems on platforms for use in some of the most challenging environments. Other key responsibilities include: Oversee design and layout of communications hardware; configuration of RF / gateway devices and satellite simulators / tools. Managing reference test beds and associated facilities. Development and execution of VV&T (Validation, Verification and Testing) test cases which will incorporate IP-based service networks, ground systems and satellite radio networks. Identifying and troubleshooting system communication paths, capacity performance and network devices as well as conducting post-test data analysis and reporting. Creation of test reports to document issues and assist development with the investigation and resolution of issues. Review/comment on testability issues, obvious design flaws, anticipate data collection points and develop plans for and conduct anomaly test and analysis as required. Assist with the design, development and preparation of strategies and plans; assist with specifying environments, facilities, and equipment for complex satellite networks. Constructively contribute to, and otherwise support, the development of other associated elements and activities. About You To be suitable for the role, you have an excellent understanding of RF communications and a good appreciation of end user devices, as well as system level breadth and trouble-shooting depth (This interesting and varied and hands-on work requires both test systems and systems engineering knowledge). You will ideally be able to demonstrate many of the following skills and experience: A sound technical engineering background. Experience in a RF environment ideally gained in via a satellite communications operator. Experience in creating test procedures / cases / scripts in one or more of: satellite payloads (classical communications), ground systems, mobile and satellite radio networks, service networks or IP networks. Experience in testing and / or fault analysis and faulting tools. Honours or master s university degree or other qualification in a space / engineering discipline or STEM subject; equivalent qualifications, or relevant, demonstrable experience. Good knowledge of satellite communications systems designs ideally including a good understanding of access technologies, signalling protocols, antenna design and propagation. Understanding of RF propagation theories and associated experience of ground station RF equipment, ideally to include experience of RF circuits, RF systems design and test (including simulators/tools). Experience of producing communications link budget analysis and design. Understanding of end user terminals / devices. Understanding of satellite system design and modern digital modulation techniques Knowledge or experience of on-board processing payload systems. Willing to travel nationally and internationally where required (project dependent, short durations for example to support test execution campaigns). An interest in the space sector and role; a genuine willingness to learn. It would be beneficial if you meet any or all of the following additional requirements: Experience or knowledge of space system network design and architecture. Previous involvement in VV&T test campaigns: executing tests, collecting, and analysing data from tests, communicating results and anomalies to test management; experience to have been gained in one or more of system end-to-end testing, stand-alone/integration testing, factory acceptance testing or operational networks. Signal processing knowledge and DSP experience. Experience of IP / networking protocols and devices; a basic knowledge of Linux operating system would be an advantage as would some software coding experience (e.g., Python). Excellent writing and reporting skills and the ability to relay information to clients through both presentations and formal test reports. Experience with ESA project processes / familiarisation with ECSS and other standards. Experience of specialised analysis, simulation, and system modelling / testing tools (e.g., MATLAB / Simulink). Overview Job Title - RF Engineer, satellite communications systems, RF systems design and test Location - Molesey area, Surrey Salary - Competitive Salary, plus a growing list of Company benefits Key Skills Knowledge of satellite communications systems designs (access technologies, signalling protocols, antenna design and propagation etc.) Experience in a RF environment Experience in creating test procedures / cases / scripts in one or more of: satellite payloads Experience of producing communications link budget analysis and design Understanding of end user terminals / devices A sound technical engineering background Why apply? In your career with a company at the forefront of innovation in the satellite communications industry, you will work alongside, talented, dedicated, and driven engineers, and continue to innovate through focussed Research & Development activities with no barrier to creativity. For the right candidate, a great salary, corporate benefits package, and transparent career development opportunities are on offer within this vibrant environment. Due to the nature of work undertaken at our client's site, incumbents of these positions are required to meet special nationality rules and therefore these vacancies are only open to sole British Citizens. Applicants who meet this criteria will also be required to undergo security clearance vetting, if not already security cleared to a minimum SC level. Electus Recruitment Solutions provides specialist engineering and technical recruitment solutions to several high technology industries. We thank you for your interest in this vacancy. If you don't hear from us within 7 working days, please presume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. You are of course free to resubmit your CV / details in the future and we shall assess your suitability at that time. This role is a permanent position
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  • Job Reference: 704910221-2
  • Date Posted: 5 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Electus Recruitment Solutions
    Electus Recruitment Solutions
  • Location: Surrey
  • Salary: £55,000
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent