Signal Processing & Telecom System Engineer

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Satellite Applications Catapult [100173]

Field(s) of expertise
Telecommunications Engineering
Job type

About this job

We have an amazing opportunity for a curios, innovative and passionate Signal Processing and Telecom Systems Engineer to join our ranks.

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun.

This is a permanent role directly with Satellite Applications Catapult. Whilst our standard working week is Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm, we welcome flexible working requests for this position.

We are based in Harwell with great public transport connections from all of Oxfordshire as well as London.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our offices were temporarily closed. As per government guidance, we have opened our offices for limited number of staff to meet the needs of our employees. At the time of posting the advert we would encourage all employees to work remotely where possible but you would have the option to work in our offices in Harwell or Westcott.

We offer competitive salaries with annual reviews, end of a financial year bonus, 28 days of annual leave plus all your bank holidays paid for as an extra. Our pension scheme is competitive with a maximum of 10% contribution from us if you put in 5% and to top it all off, we have a private medical insurance as a benefit in kind. We work in a collaborative engaging way and believe in empowering our people, after all, you are our greatest asset!


As part of the CTO team, you will work with a small team of engineers to develop satellite system and service concepts, undertaking system design trade-offs, creating simulations of system behaviour and analysing performance. You will form an integral part of project teams, working across industries and sectors on exciting novel technology concepts – the opportunity to apply yourself, your skills, passion and experience to support innovation and unlocking new and emerging technologies are limitless and we cannot wait to have you on board!


Successful applicants will have a relevant technology, science or engineering degree and are able to undertake design, modelling and simulation of satellite systems.

Ideally you will have experience in one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Communications system design
    • Physical layer and link layer, including understanding of coding and modulation, modem design, MIMO techniques, wireless propagation simulation and system performance modelling;
    • End-end network design, for broadcast or mobile packet data networks DVB, 3GPP, and IP routing and security architectures and protocol simulation and analysis;
  • Radar systems design
    • Waveform design, transmitter and receiver subsystem design, signal processing and target signature analysis, multi-static and MIMO techniques, SAR processing techniques
  • PNT systems design
    • Signal propagation analysis, receiver architectures and synchronisation algorithms and interference mitigation techniques.

We regret to inform, only in exceptional circumstances, are we able to employ anyone who does not have formal consent to work in the UK. Current limits on immigration to the UK mean that our ability to sponsor employees under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system is very limited. You are advised to explore possible alternative procedures which do not require sponsorship.

Please submit your professional profile accompanied by a Covering Letter or Covering Statement as part of your CV, highlighting your motivations for applying for the role and how the role will support your career development.

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