Sapienza's Radio Frequency Systems, Payloads and Technology Jobs at ESA

Sapienza Consulting is a leading provider of space mission and project support through people, software and services. We are currently recruiting for some exciting Radio Frequency Systems, Payloads and Technology jobs at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands, UK, France and Germany.

We can help you find the job that suits you or make the career move you need just right now. If you are a RF engineer, who wants to work on innovative cutting-edge technology in a vibrant and amazing international environment, then keep reading!

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Applications Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Serco Europe

The NetherlandsUnited Kingdom (UK), Noordwijk, Harwell

Project and Service ManagementSpace Systems Engineering




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Radio Frequency Systems, Payloads and Technology

Within ESA there are a large number of positions that focus on RF systems as they are used throughout telecommunications, scientific and earth observation and navigation domains. The roles within these areas vary depending on the need / knowledge for a specific technology set and with the end application of the system requirements.

Typical technology needs in this area could include:

  • Design, modelling, architectural trade-off and performance assessment of advanced RF payloads and instruments (active and passive; Synthetic Aperture Radars, Altimeters, Scatterometers, Radiometers, low and high power Amplifiers, Filters, Frequency Converters)
  • Knowledge of frequency relative to the specific application: UHF, S, X and Ka for near Earth and deep space scientific mission and S, C, X and Ka band for inter-orbit communication
  • Antenna modelling tools: GRASP8, POS4, CHAMP, HFSS
  • Participation in testing campaigns: Spherical, Planar, Cylindrical Near Field, Compact Range and Material RF Characterization
  • Software and simulation tools and programming: Matlab/Simulink, ADS/VSS, C/C++, Python

In addition, this domain can include activities related to the study, design, analyses and test of radio navigation systems (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, etc.) and augmentation (EGNOS, WAAS, QZSS, etc.), radio navigation equipment for space and terrestrial applications, radio navigation signals and signal processing.

These roles typically require knowledge and experience in:

  • system and receiver performance for Ground Segment receivers and user receivers (multi-frequency and multi-constellation)
  • ranging and positioning techniques and technologies (PPP, RTK), including latest trends in high accuracy and robust / hybrid PNT or PVT
  • non-GNSS positioning systems (alternative PNT, 5G and associated user technologies)
  • advanced signal processing and estimation algorithms (MIMO signal processing, kalman filter, particle filter, artificial intelligence and machine learning for sensor fusion)
  • holder or able to obtain EU security clearance

If it sounds like you, and interested in working at the forefront of cutting edge technology development in the space industry, explore our open positions and apply today.

General requirements:

  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of another member state language is an advantage;
  • Master’s degree in Engineering or relevant;
  • 4 years of relevant professional experience in a relevant field;
  • Eligible to work in the EU;
  • EU Secret Security clearance is considered an advantage;
  • Candidates without the required degree or years of experience are encouraged to send in their CV as well as these are not hard requirements.

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