RF ENGINEER, SENIOR

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DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Establish Communications System Variants

  • Design and develop standard Telemetry, Tracking & Command (TT&C), and high rate payload communications systems to be used across low Earth orbit (LEO), lunar, and deep space applications.
  • Develop and maintain Interface Control Documents (ICDs) between the spacecraft communications systems and on the ground.
  • Define communications system roadmap.

Business Development Support

  • Select and tailor RF, Telemetry, Tracking & Command (TT&C), and high rate payload communications solutions as appropriate to meet the requirements of business development opportunities.
  • Develop system drawings and schematics.
  • Develop system level RF analyses including link budget analyses.
  • Develop mass budgets and power budgets.

Trade Studies and Market Surveys

  • Conduct trade studies and work with internal technical teams as necessary to establish balanced technical solutions that align with the communications system roadmap.
  • Conduct market surveys and identify suppliers and components.
  • Engage prospective suppliers to ascertain component performance data and assess against system requirements.
  • Shortlist and recommend components and solutions.

Satellite Integration Support

  • Provide support as needed during spacecraft AIT.
  • Provide support as required during production of RF components and modules.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION

  • Minimum Bachelors in Electrical Engineer, RF communications, Electronic or relevant discipline
  • 5+ years’ of experience in the design, test and integration of RF communications systems.
  • Experience performing RF analyses, including cascaded device analysis and link budget analysis.
  • Working knowledge of modulation and coding techniques.
  • Experience using test equipment including network, spectrum and signal analyzers.
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • General understanding of environmental performance standards such as GSFC-STD-7000 and associated qualification and acceptance testing.
  • General understanding of MIL-STD-461.
  • Experience designing and testing ground stations.
  • A solid theoretical and practical understanding of ranging techniques.
  • Experience working on interplanetary missions using the DSN.

Tagged as: space applications, schematics, spacecraft ait, DSN, mil-std-416, gsfc-std-7000, signal analyzers, system drawings, high rate payload, earth orbit

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