Senior Principal Hardware Engineer – Satcom

East Coast, United States (USA), Sapienza Consulting

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza consulting is recruiting a senior hardware communications system engineer to help our client develop the next generation of satellite communications systems. The incumbent will enjoy a variety of responsibilities ranging across the entire life cycle, including: initial conceptual system design; analysis, simulation, and specification; implementation; integration and test; performance monitoring; and end-of-life transition to the next system.


Review internal or external requirements for satellite systems; refine or generate appropriate system-level requirements
Interact with other teams to invent creative and mutually acceptable system solutions
Analyze, model, and simulate candidate designs. What is the capacity of a system? How does it deal with congestion? Resistance to interference, noise, and other degradations?
Write and review specifications, design documents, reports and presentations.


Must be a U.S. person (e.g., U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident) as position requires access to U.S. export restricted materials.
Master’s in Electrical Engineering, Communications Systems Engineering, or allied fields
15+ or more years of experience in satellite communications systems, either in ground systems or satellite systems.
Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in Electrical Engineering, Communications Systems Engineering, or allied fields
Understanding of communications theory
Knowledge of satellite system architectures (GEO, MEO, LEO)
Ability to develop a variety of simulation models of satellite communications systems, including determining system capacity, error rate performance, queuing, traffic management, etc.
Ability to create and use detailed link budgets
Excellent communications skills: ability to write technical specifications and reports clearly and concisely; ability to present ideas and results effectively
Knowledge of hardware and software architectures
Skill in using a variety of simulation and modeling tools and programming languages
Familiarity with ITU-R and FCC regulations as they apply to satellites and ground equipment
Familiarity with DVB-S2 and other wireless standards in the terrestrial and satellite realm
Awareness of GRASP and antenna performance parameters