RF Payloads Engineer

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands Application deadline: 8 October 2021 Reference number: 1037
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We are a growing international company, with over 650 staff working in 11 countries. Our teams are involved in innovative space missions and cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data and ground systems.

When you join us, you will work alongside recognized industry experts, either on our clients’ premises or in our offices across Europe and Canada. This is your opportunity to boost your career and shape the future of the space, security and systems engineering industries.

What we offer

  • Competitive remuneration packages
  • Unique career opportunities, including working in other countries
  • Personalized training and development programmes
  • Flexible relocation support
  • Stable company with a family atmosphere.

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On behalf of ESA, we are currently looking for a RF Payloads Engineer to work in its Site (ESTEC) in the city of Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The key person will join the Payload Engineering section (TEC-EFP) and will work in one or more of the following domains:

  • RF Navigation Payloads;
  • RF and Microwave Remote Sensing Instruments for Earth Observation;
  • RF Satellite Communication Payloads.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Contribute to internal R&D activities for the design, modelling, architectural trade-off and performance assessment of advanced RF telecommunication and/or navigation payloads, with main emphasis on payloads based on digital signal processing and active antennas, and RF instruments for earth observation (Synthetic Aperture Radars, Altimeters, Scatterometers, Radiometers).
  • Perform technical management of R&D activities with industry/institutions in the field of advanced payload concepts and sub-systems/equipment development.
  • Provide RF payload technical support to ESA projects and programmes.
  • Contribute to the generation and promotion of innovative ideas for future satellite missions in the field of RF payloads, including the definition of ESA R&D programmes.
  • Define technical requirements and statements of work for R&D activities to be performed by industry, from early conceptual studies to full hardware development.
  • Carry out computer simulations at system/subsystem level for the assessment of end-to-end payload and instrument performance.
  • Contribute to the development/usage of section related laboratory facilities and analysis/simulation tools.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art expertise by monitoring the RF/Microwave systems technological trends and applying them in the day-to-day tasks.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • Master or PhD in Telecommunications, Microwave or RF Electronics Engineering, with at least 4 years of relevant experience.
  • Good background and several years of working experience on design, development and testing of Radio Frequency Payloads in the domain of Navigation and/or Earth observation and/or Telecommunications.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Knowledge and Experience on the following topics are considered an asset:
    • Radio frequency and microwave payloads technologies based on active phased array antennas.
    • Transmit/Receive Modules for microwave payloads.
    • Digital signal processing units, and experience on payloads based on digital signal processing.
    • End-to-end payload performance and signal quality analysis.
    • State-of-the-art RF analogue and (high-speed) digital signal processing techniques and technologies.
    • Software and simulation tools and programming (Matlab/Simulink, ADS/VSS, C/C++, Python).
    • Ability to promote cooperation and team-working, along with problem solving skills.
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Why join RHEA?

We are a growing international company, with over 650 staff working in 11 countries. Our teams are involved in innovative space missions and cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data and ground systems.

When you join us, you will work alongside recognized industry experts, either on our clients’ premises or in our offices across Europe and Canada. This is your opportunity to boost your career and shape the future of the space, security and systems engineering industries.

What we offer

  • Competitive remuneration packages
  • Unique career opportunities, including working in other countries
  • Personalized training and development programmes
  • Flexible relocation support
  • Stable company with a family atmosphere.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions before submitting an application, please get in touch – we are always happy to tell you more.

Contact our Recruitment team

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