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Noordwijk, the Netherlands

RF Payloads Engineer

Expires: October 11, 2021


Job Overview

We are looking for an RF Payloads Engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The successful candidate will be employed by ATG Europe and not by ESA and will be assigned to the Payload Engineering section with the role of “RF Payloads Engineer”. The work will be carried out in one or more of the following domains:

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

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Tasks & Responsibilities

  • 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.


Master's Degree or PhD in Telecommunications, Microwave or RF Electronics Engineering and at least minimum 4 years of working experience in design, development and testing of Radio Frequency Payloads in the domain of Navigation and/or Earth observation and/or Telecommunications; 
Experience in radio frequency and microwave payloads technologies based on active phased array antennas; 
Experience in Transmit/Receive Modules for microwave payloads; 
Experience in digital signal processing units and 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; 
Experience with software and simulation tools and programming (Matlab/Simulink, ADS/VSS, C/C++, Python); 
Ability to work in a multicultural team and to promote cooperation and team-working; 
Ability to work on simultanous projects concurrently; 
Ability to work under tight deadlines;  
Good problem solving skills; 
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; 
Proficiency in English. 

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