An exciting opportunity to make a difference and deliver highly innovative RF solutions for spacecraft missions.
An exciting opportunity to make a difference and deliver highly innovative RF solutions for spacecraft missions. This role has responsibility for undertaking the design, analysis, development, verification and delivery into the mission of RF communication systems; including but not limited to transmitters, receivers, antennas and associated test hardware.
Engineers at SSTL have involvement on a mission right from concept through to launch, commissioning and operational life; a true cradle to grave experience and will give you the chance to see your work in Space in a rapid timescale! This key role will often sit within the core team of a satellite mission interacting with other technical leads across multiple disciplines to generate the technical solutions for innovative projects.
Primary role will be the production and test of RF communication systems working within the SSTL matrix structure - Typical duties include:
Evaluation of mission requirements and verification planning
RF system design and trade offs
Performance assessment through RF link budget analysis
Budget and schedule responsibility for RF system production
Component selection and circuit level design and simulation where required
Management of RF modules through production & test, either internally or via technical support to subcontracts
RF module test and fault-find at bench level, environmental level (EMC and thermal vacuum testing) and spacecraft level
Management of test engineers performing RF module test activities
Authoring of technical documents (including assembly & test procedures, reports and technical descriptions)
Regular reporting to mission Project Manager regarding budget and schedule changes and management of active risks still open on the RF system
Teaching technology transfer students about RF design solutions for space missions
Managing engineering updates to heritage designs
Interaction with customers and presentations at milestone reviews
In addition to the primary role, other responsibilities could include:
Development of RF circuits for future missions
Providing input into bids for future contracts
Assisting GNSS engineers in delivery and test of GNSS products
At least 3 years’ experience in RF/Microwave electronics discipline is required, experience in space industry would be very advantageous.
Hands-on design and manufacturing experience and fault-finding during test is essential experience.
Presentation and discussion of technical material to/with a technical audience is essential.
Experience in theory/design/test up to 30GHz would be an advantage.
Experience in the following areas would also be highly advantageous; Amplifier design, Antenna design, Software Radio design, EMC, EM simulations, RF test equipment, system modelling, satellite systems.
Good understanding of RF communications systems
Knowledge of RF/Microwave software and simulation tools advantageous