5G Network System Engineer

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Satellite Applications Catapult [100154 ]

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

About this job

The 5G Step out centre (5GSoC) is based in a purpose-built building at Westcott Venture park at the heart of Buckinghamshire. The centre carries our high-level research into convergence of satellite & terrestrial networks. The 5GSoc will provide an innovation environment to explore the capabilities of 5G and beyond, we work in close collaboration with large industrials, Small and medium enterprise, start-up’s and Entrepreneurs as well as world class academia and research institutes.

We are a learning organisation where our ways of working are underpinned by coaching and feedback. Innovation is at the heart of everything that we do, therefore being highly adaptive and agile with a GROWTH mindset will ensure your success at the Catapult. We expect our people to be Pioneering, Agile, Collaborative and Entrepreneurial, working at PACE.

We are keen to support our colleagues work life balance and as such, this role is available for flexible working requests.


We have an exciting opportunity for a 5G Network Systems Engineer to join the Ubiquitous Communication (UC) Directorate to work on exciting national and international 5G collaborative projects involving diverse stakeholders ranging from research to commercial operators. In addition, this role includes working within the UC team to operate, evolve and support our 5G testbed located in Westcott Buckinghamshire. This is the world’s class centre dedicated to the advancement and exploitation of technologies that will underpin the networks of the future. The Centre is working in partnership with some of the world’s leading organisations, infrastructure and tools providers.

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who will be responsible for the delivery of key technical solutions within the collaborative projects which typical includes development, delivery and operation of the end to end architecture, you will become a champion for the centre and develop a deep and extensive knowledge in the field of future networks and the evolution of both satellite and terrestrial networks.


Skills & Experience required:

  • MSc or PhD in Networking & Data Communication, Telecommunications systems or similar discipline.
  • Extensive working experience and proficiency of mobile network architecture e.g. Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Radio Access Networks (RAN) and associated ancillary services e.g. IMS
  • Experience of 4G/5G core architectures and mobile networks protocols
  • Knowledge of 5G RAN and O-RAN/vRAN/cloudRAN
  • Expertise and practical knowledge gained on virtualisation and cloud platforms (e.g. Openstack/kvm and docker/Kubernetes)
  • Experience of MEC, Networking L2/L3, Software Defined Networks (SDN)
  • Familiar with 3GPP standards (including Release 16) and 5G-PPP initiatives
  • Accomplished and very knowledgeable on Linux (Redhat ,CentOS, Fedora)
  • Experience working on externally funded collaborative projects with external stakeholders
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written English)

Behaviours expected:

  • Well organised and systematic approach to work
  • Collaborative approach working in harmony with technical and non-technical
  • Leadership qualities in areas of expertise
  • Inquisitive and self-starter
  • Ability to manage own time
  • Passionate about innovation

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