RF Instrument Engineer

Application deadline
Monday, February 25, 2019
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You will have the opportunity to provide engineering support to the Payload Engineering Section at the European Space Agency.  

Tasks and Activities
  • Contribute to internal R&D activities for the design, modelling, architectural trade-off and performance assessment of advanced RF payloads and instruments in the domain of telecommunications (emphasis on payloads based on active antennas) and earth observation (Synthetic Aperture Radars, Altimeters, Scatterometers, Radiometers).
  • Perform technical management of R&D activities with industry in the field of advanced payload concepts and sub-systems/equipment development.
  • Provide RF payload technical support to projects and programmes.
  • Contribute to the generation and promotion of innovative ideas in the field of RF payloads for telecommunications and earth observation, including the definition of ESA R&D programmes.
  • Define technical requirements and statements of work for the tasks of R&D activities to be performed by industry, from early conceptual studies to full hardware development.
  • Contribute to the development/usage of section related laboratory facilities and analysis/simulation tools.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art expertise by monitoring the space and ground system and technological trends and applying them in the day-to-day tasks.
Skills and Experience
  • You have a PhD or Master degree in Telecommunications, Microwave or RF Electronics Engineering.
  • You have a good background and several years of working experience on design, development and testing of Radio Frequency payloads and instruments for space applications in the domain of telecommunications and remote sensing.
  • You have a very good knowledge of analog and digital signal processing.
  • You have a very good knowledge of software and simulation tools and programming (Matlab/Simulink, ADS/VSS, C/C++, Python).
  • You are promoting cooperation and a team player.
  • You are fluent in English.


Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of CONFIDENTIAL or above.

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