RF / Communications Systems Engineer

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In this role, you will own and design the RF communications subsystem architecture and analysis efforts for ispace’s lunar lander current and future development projects, as part of the Avionics team. You will ideally have a broad knowledge base in RF analysis, design and integration including redundant and reliable communication paths, and a creative mindset. Your tasks will cover all phases of the projects, from helping the team define system architecture, to trade studies and component selection and procurement, supporting hardware/software integration and spacecraft-level tests.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in requirements specification phases
  • Define RF subsystem architecture for future missions, equipment selection including trade studies for on-board as well as ground support equipment, with other design and analysis team members
  • Perform RF subsystem analysis, including RF link budget analysis for space to ground, ground to space, and space to space links
  • Be the technical point of contact for external vendors
  • Define and perform verification of complete subsystem performance to show compliance with upper-level requirements
  • Support mission analysis and operations activities
  • Support integration, troubleshooting and testing

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills / Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (microwave/RF/electromagnetic related studies), or equivalent
  • Two or more years’ experience in RF path design for high-reliability applications, including equipment selection, RF link budget analysis
  • Comfortable with electronics and RF testing equipment
  • Experience in procurement and integration of RF communications components

Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills / Experience)

  • Master’s degree in Aerospace/RF Engineering or a related field
  • Five or more years’ spacecraft RF design experience
  • Small spacecraft and/or lander development, launch vehicle integration and test support
  • Knowledge of space communication standards, in particular CCSDS
  • Experience with supporting operations activities including ranging
  • Experience with electrical ground support equipment
  • Experience with ground stations and command and control networks
  • Proficient in Japanese language


  • The position is based in Tokyo, Japan, with testing activities to be performed in our offices.
  • Hybrid work environment

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