RF Engineer

RF Engineer

Position Description
Subsystem Summary:

The Communications (COMMS) subsystem is responsible to reliably transfer the largest possible volume of scientific and diagnostic data between the satellite and the Earth, by developing the necessary On-Board and Ground Station hardware and software. COMMS is also in charge of performing system-level electromagnetic analyses on AcubeSAT. In that context, our members are occupied with

  • RF front-end design,
  • antenna design, construction and testing,
  • studying and implementing communication protocols,
  • digital signal processing,
  • electromagnetic compatibility and 
  • data and link budget analysis of the mission, 

amongst others.

Position Description:

As an RF Engineer in the Communications subsystem, you will gain expertise on engineering of RF systems and components present in the space or ground segment through combining Electromagnetic Theory and hands-on work in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Analysis, construction and testing of the in-house 2.4 GHz patch and 435 MHz dipole and helical antennas
  • Installation of the Ground Station RF front-end and peripheral hardware
  • Electromagnetic compatibility testing of the nanosatellite’s platform
Preferred Skills:

Given the nature of the subsystem’s work and the multidisciplinarity of the team, the skills that are more sought after are:

  • Eager to learn and apply theoretical knowledge to real communication systems
  • Ability to work in a group and independently 
  • Not afraid of taking initiative
  • Capable of analytical thinking and researching new fields
  • Good English written and oral skills

Any of the following skills are not a prerequisite, but would be nice for an RF engineer to have:

  • Experience with electromagnetic analysis software (e.g. CST, HFSS etc)
  • Experience with hardware (electronics, PCB design and fabrication)
  • Ham radio operator
  • Experience with handling mechanical tools 
  • Familiar with testing procedures

Note: The RF Engineer and Communications Software Developer positions are neither mutually exclusive nor destined for only one recruit each! Rather, they represent the different types of work performed in the subsystem.