Antenna Engineer (New Grad)

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We are on a mission to build the Internet in Space

Kepler is on a Mission to bring the internet to space. Incorporated in 2015, Kepler’s guiding star is to enable the space economy through the creation of a communication network in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that will provide connectivity services to other space missions, be they on orbit in LEO, MEO, GEO, or beyond.  With an expanding base of early customers and our first 19 satellites in orbit, Kepler is continuing to grow and expand its most important asset – the Team! Based out of our HQ in Toronto and with an office in the UK and a newly formed office in the US we are building towards a truly global company delivering a product for the whole world.

Kepler Communications is seeking an Antenna Engineer, New Grad. The primary responsibilities of this role will be antenna design, build and test for both our satellite communications payloads as well as ground-based user terminals. The role will be a member of the greater RF and Antenna design team at Kepler. We are looking for an energetic individual with strong communication skills and a passion for pushing the limit of what is possible with space RF communications!

Responsibilities:

  • Take spacecraft and ground terminal antennas from conception through to design, manufacturing, test, and on-orbit operations.
  • Design antennas along with their passive or active feed networks.
  • Perform schematic capture, layout and DFM of antenna/RF PCBs.
  • Support the manufacturing and procurement of antennas through regular interaction with vendors and suppliers.
  • Design and conduct antenna and RF system performance and qualification testing both on- and off-site.
  • Simulate and/or test antenna interaction with other spacecraft antennas and the spacecraft structure itself.
  • Work with other engineering disciplines such as mechanical and systems engineers to integrate antennas into the overall spacecraft or ground terminal.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent.
  • Experience with antenna simulation tools (CST, HFSS, EMPro etc.) and RF circuit simulation tools (ADS, Microwave Office, etc.).
  • Experience with schematic capture and PCB layout tools (Altium, Cadence etc.).
  • Experience with scientific programming languages (i.e. Python, Matlab etc.).
  • Experience with antenna/RF measurements using standard RF test equipment: spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, near- and far-field systems.
  • Experience soldering and reworking PCBs.
  • Proficient in basic antenna and RF circuits concepts such as directivity, gain, polarization, efficiency, axial ratio, matching, beamforming, bandwidth, impedance matching, smith chart, network analysis, active and passive microwave components and systems (mixers, amplifiers, transistors at RF frequencies) and their figures of merit (P1dB, Psat, IIP3, noise figure, etc.), RF filter design.

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