Radio Navigation Engineer (RF Laboratory Activities)

Company Details

RHEA Group is an international leading Space and Security engineering organisation providing engineering services and customised technology solutions enabling the design, operation and utilisation of space systems and other critical infrastructure. We attract skilled engineers, scientists and management professionals worldwide; and offer a range of exciting career paths within our organisation and working alongside clients such as the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the European GNSS Agency, NATO, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, etc.


RHEA Group is a growing international company, focusing on providing innovative, market-ready solutions and services in our key sectors of Space and Security for both commercial and institutional customers. We employ over 500 staff working across 10 different countries. We work with distinguished clients such as the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, NATO, European Commission, Canadian Government and national space agencies.

When you work for RHEA, you will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best talented minds and experts in our industries, either working at our clients sites on some of the most exciting space missions or on cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data  and ground systems within our own offices.

To attract the best candidates, RHEA offers our employees competitive remuneration packages, unique career opportunities, individualised training and development programmes and local relocation support to take the stress out moving to another country or city. We are recruiting now. We understand your concerns during this period of a global pandemic and we will work with you, at your pace ensuring your questions are answered and maximum flexibility is offered.

We are currently looking for a Radio Navigation Engineer, with focus on RF laboratory activities, to work in the city of Noordwijk.

Tasks and Activities

Technical support to maintenance, evaluative maintenance and operations of TEC-ES laboratories.

The laboratory is an engineering tool used to support the research activities of the Payload System Division and ESA projects in the following areas:

  • Microwave technologies (from below 1 GHz to beyond 100 GHz).
  • RF High Power subsystems and techniques.
  • Navigation payloads and Receivers technologies.
  • Remote Sensing payloads and Calibration transponders Technologies.
  • Communication Payloads (TT&C, Digital and secure) Technologies.

The following facilities and test beds are available in the lab to evaluate and characterise the performances achieved in the technologies listed above:

  • Specialised RF measurements and calibration techniques and facilities.
  • Radio Navigation measurement and simulation facilities.
  • Atomic Clocks long term performance characterisation facilities.
  • Navigation Payload performance characterisation test bed.
  • Development of highly specialised prototype electrical ground support equipment.
  • Development of calibration techniques for in-orbit RF radars.
  • Life Test facility to evaluate the long term performance of in-orbit life limited RF subsystems.
  • MIC/MMIC prototype circuit integration using dedicated equipment such as wire and ribbon bonding machines, eutectic die bonding and testing using on wafer probing station.
  • Assist with the integration, configuration and running of test equipment and/or test set-ups employed in evaluating the performance of RF subsystems or instruments for space application such as PIM performance, multipactor performance and high power evaluation.
  • General laboratory support such as, scheduled maintenance, replacement of consumables, and design of mechanical housings and test jigs for RF circuits. Development of control software (using Labview/VEE) for automated monitoring and control of test beds or instruments.
  • Organisation and maintenance of laboratory library, which includes documentation operating manuals, test reports and general documentation.
  • Operation, maintenance and calibration of the laboratory equipment and test facilities.
  • Maintain up to date divisional equipment inventory list, which involves using of dedicated software for tractability and control of inventory including lent out equipment.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • PhD or Msc Engineering from a recognised Institution of secondary studies (University, Ecole supérieure, etc.) or equivalent.
  • At least 4 years of relevant experience in R&D for Radio Navigation activities.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Eligibility to obtain a personal security clearance.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Knowledge of ESA and its R&D activities.



Tagged as: microwave technologies, rf high power subsystems, navigation payloads, receivers technologies, remote sensing payloads, calibration transponders, communication payloads

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