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  • Design and development of RF Systems for spacecraft, launch vehicles, and ground stations.
  • Development of link budgets for spacecraft TT&C, proximity links and re-radiation systems.
  • Write or update acceptance and qualification test procedures for radio related space qualified avionics components.
  • Debug and characterize RF components and subsystems used for spacecraft communications in L-band, S-band and Ku-band.
  • Development of automated test equipment and procedures to allow production testing of RF avionics components and subsystems.
  • Assist in bring up, integration and troubleshooting of communication systems. Work closely with system integration and flight software teams during hardware in the loop testing.
  • Supporting RF system bring up and verification at launch sites. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in an engineering discipline with emphasis in electromagnetic theory or RF communication system. 
  • Must have at least 3 years of professional experience in RF System engineering.
  • Must have experience with RF impairments analysis and link budget analysis.
  • Experience with Radio related test equipment such as spectrum analyzers and Network analyzers.
  • Must be able to navigate the smith chart and experience with transmission line theory, impedance matching, filter theory and S-parameters.
  • Must have experience with RF passive components such as Hybrid couplers, Wilkinson dividers, waveguide, circulators, directional couplers, and antennas.
  • Experience with digital communication theory with emphasis on Bit Error Rate, EVM and System Noise Figure calculation. 


  • Experience in design of space communication systems and familiarity with space qualified RF electronic design.
  • Previous experience with RF Design tools such ADS, AWR Microwave Office.
  • Matlab, Python and/or LabVIEW programming experience.
  • Familiarity with electromagnetic propagation and antenna systems.
  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-461F, SMC-S-016, and NTIA standards.
  • Experience characterizing radio performance in C-Band, X-Band and Ka-Band frequencies.
  • Experience performing interference analysis and EMI/EMC evaluation for RF systems.
  • Knowledge of digital communication systems, spread spectrum, and modulation types such as FSK, BPSK, QPSK, QAM, and PCM/FM.
  • Excellent communication skills, documentation skills and proven track record of being a team player.