RF Payloads Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [EFP755]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Electronics Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a tpgroup company, is recruiting an RF Payloads Plus Microwave & Mmwaves Engineer for Sapienza to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC).

The candidate will be assigned to the Payload Engineering section and will work in one or more of the following domains:

  • RF Navigation Payloads
  • RF and Microwave Remote Sensing Instruments for Earth Observation
  • RF Satellite Communication Payloads


  • Contribute to internal R&D activities for the design, modelling, architectural trade-off and performance assessment of advanced RF telecommunication and/or navigation payloads, with main emphasis on payloads based on digital signal processing and active antennas, and RF instruments for earth observation (Synthetic Aperture Radars, Altimeters, Scatterometers, Radiometers)
  • Perform technical management of R&D activities with industry/institutions in the field of advanced payload concepts and sub-systems/equipment development
  • Provide RF payload technical support to ESA projects and programmes
  • Contribute to the generation and promotion of innovative ideas for future satellite missions in the field of RF payloads, including the definition of ESA R&D programmes
  • Define technical requirements and statements of work for R&D activities to be performed by industry, from early conceptual studies to full hardware development
  • Carry out computer simulations at system/subsystem level for the assessment of end-to-end payload and instrument performance Contribute to the development/usage of section related laboratory facilities and analysis/simulation tools,
  • Maintain state-of-the-art expertise by monitoring the RF/Microwave systems technological trends and applying them in the day-to-day tasks


  • Master or PhD in Telecommunications, Microwave or RF Electronics Engineering,
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience on design, development and testing of Radio Frequency Payloads in the domain of Navigation and/or Earth observation and/or Telecommunications
  • Knowledge and Experience on the following topics are considered an asset:
    • Radio frequency and microwave payloads technologies based on active phased array antennas
    • Transmit/Receive Modules for microwave payloads
    • Digital signal processing units, and experience on payloads based on digital signal processing
    • End-to-end payload performance and signal quality analysis
    • State-of-the-art RF analogue and (high-speed) digital signal processing techniques and technologies
    • Software and simulation tools and programming (Matlab/Simulink, ADS/VSS, C/C++, Python)
    • Promoting cooperation and team-working, problem solving
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset


Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU

Please send your CV (in English) as soon as possible, but no later than October 11, 2021 to jobs@sapienzaconsulting.com


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