5G R&D Engineer

London, United Kingdom (UK), Sapienza Consulting [TM - 1896]

Field(s) of expertise
Telecommunications Engineering
Job type

About this job

Work at the forefront of innovation in the space sector, specialising in satellite communications, offering worldwide stakeholders unrivalled expertise to design, develop and operate state-of-the-art solutions and systems.

We are expanding our R&D team and are seeking a Lead Satcom 5G R&D Engineer to shape and deliver our growing capabilities in the convergence of satcom and terrestrial cellular technologies. The objective is to support company Heads, R&D in defining technology-driven projects, and in winning and delivering those projects with the R&D team. These will be in our primary areas of interest for satcom/ 5G+ convergence namely in air interface and terminals, but in the context of the 5G network architecture. The full emergence of NR-NTN will take place over the next 5 years and we are developing capability to participate, contribute and support client projects.

This role has a focus on working with the 5G+ standards and with emerging NTN standards for the RAN, to define solutions or tools for Proof of Concept projects and to directly support development with the R&D team. Although projects will be typically focused in a specific 5G technology area, it is important for you to retain the system view as well. This system view allows participation in the specification and implementation of wider satcom-enabled 5G system demonstrators with our partners.

The role is likely to be suitable for someone with an in-depth understanding of mobile comms and 3GPP through industrial, PhD or post-doc experience in relevant topics, with skills and interests within the space and Satcoms fields.


  • Technical authority within the team for cellular/ satcom convergence. Maintain awareness and potentially suitable level of participation in 3GPP standards evolution, especially NR-NTN.
  • Support Head, R&D to develop and maintain company strategy and focus areas for 3GPP Satcom/Cellular 5G+ convergence.
  • Define projects in line with strategy, mostly technology focussed or analytical; contribute to proposals.
  • Take technical lead role in project delivery. This will include developing system architecture, communications models, and developing software or hardware components
  • Carrying out systems engineering work in accordance with methodical approaches across the lifecycle in a variety of R&D tasks.
  • Ability to see the context of a problem, to understand its driving factors, to generate ideas and apply an analytical approach.
  • To work constructively in a team, to be willing to make and follow plans but also to question and challenge appropriately in a spirit of robust technical discussions.
  • Be a fast learner and have a willingness to acquire and develop new technical knowledge and skills.
  • Desire to shape new capabilities for us and to exploit and support use of cellular 3GPP standards in a space environment.


  • Strong technical breadth of 3GPP systems and mobile networks, likely to have PhD or 5 years industrial experience in this area.
  • An understanding of the whole 5G architecture RAN, Edge, network, core.
  • Have technical expertise in radio/ RAN/ air interface and an appreciation of the demands and challenges of direct satellite to ground links. i.e. NR and NTN.
  • To be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge in at least one of the 5G use cases (eMBB, mMTC, URLLC), with an appreciation of the others.
  • Familiarisation with the 3GPP organisation processes and roadmaps; understanding of the direction of travel.
  • Ability to lead technology developments of models, real-time software or hardware.

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