Principal RF Engineer

Company Details

LeoLabs is the world’s leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Domain Awareness (SDA) services.

About Us

LeoLabs is the world’s leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Domain Awareness (SDA) services. LeoLabs was founded in 2016 as a venture-funded spinout of Silicon Valley research pioneer, SRI International, by scientists and space industry veterans committed to securing Low Earth Orbit (LEO). LeoLabs is built on 30+ years of R&D in radar systems and satellite tracking algorithms. The team is rapidly expanding its global radar network and data services platform to help satellite operators deploy their services safely and to empower governmental space agencies with detailed visibility into the LEO ecosystem. As commercial space ventures and newly-formed space agencies from every corner of the globe compete for their place in the second space race, LeoLabs is here to address a new generation of risks and opportunities to preserve LEO for future generations.

The Opportunity 

LeoLabs is hiring a Principal RF Engineer to design and develop the RF subsystems for our next generation of advanced radar systems. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in RF design, including architectures, subsystems, link budgets, components and phased array radar technology. The successful candidate will employ their working knowledge of Circuit Card Assemblies (CCAs) and analytical skills in electromagnetic and microwave theory, as well as other related hardware design skills to build, test and characterize engineering prototypes and ensure a successful transition to volume production. You will report to the Hardware Engineering Manager.

Responsibilities: 

  • Contribute to RF system designs and tradeoffs – owning link budgets for new designs
  • RF hardware circuit design, simulation, prototyping, evaluation and testing
  • Design of SSPAs, LNAs, antennas, and other RF system-level blocks
  • Design of switched-mode power supply boost and buck convertor circuitry
  • EMI testing, qualification, and mitigation
  • Antenna design, simulation, and testing (ADS, HFSS)
  • Drive requirements capture, component selection, analysis, schematic capture, prototyping, bring-up, debugging, documentation, manufacturing, and test
  • Work proficiently with a team of dedicated RF engineers, mechanical engineers, and embedded software engineers

Qualifications:

  • Strong fundamentals in RF/microwave, electromagnetics, and signal processing
  • Experience in working with Software Defined Radios
  • Understanding of EMI analysis and mitigation techniques
  • Knowledge of cost estimating, as well as budget and schedule management
  • Experience in a production environment and working with Contract Manufacturers
  • Strong hands-on experience with microwave testing techniques, including using signal analyzers: Real-time Spectrum Analyzers (RSAs) and Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs)
  • Understand the need for DFM and DFT to ensure reliable product development.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with other disciplines during system integration and test.
  • 10+ years of engineering experience designing and maturing RF modules, antennas, and SDRs to market, with an ability to review low-level design decisions and understand their impact to the larger system/mission
  • Deep troubleshooting skills
  • Proven ability to lead RF layout, RF circuit design and component selection
  • Propensity for learning through self-study, and being comfortable in a multi-tasking environment

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with Altium or similar EDA tools
  • Experience in Linux, Python
  • Experience with integration of RF systems into outdoor enclosures
  • Experience developing highly reliable radio frequency systems for extreme environments
  • Experience with rapid iteration prototyping and joint hardware/firmware development; partnering with software engineers to bring-up and test new hardware designs

Within 1 month, you’ll: 

  • Complete our onboarding program designed to get you up to speed on our business, vision and team
  • Gain an understanding about how your role fits into LeoLabs broader organization
  • Learn about our existing projects and product roadmap

Within 3 months, you’ll: 

  • Gain an understanding of the team dynamic and project timeframes
  • Design and prototype a CCA for our next gen radar system
  • Begin work on a system design for an adjacent market radar architecture

Within 6 months, you’ll: 

  • Become familiar with existing designs and deployed hardware.
  • Take ownership of a new design and carry it through into the production phase.

Within 12 months, you’ll: 

  • Have managed to move multiple projects into the production phase of development
  • Contribute to new designs on the product roadmap
  • Have contributed to systems architecture discussions

ITAR REQUIREMENTS

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. More information regarding ITAR can be found at DDTC’s website here.

Tagged as: software defined radios, rf/microwave, Electromagnetics, signal processing, rf system design

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