RF Payloads Engineer

Job ID: TEC-PLT-737

Deadline: 13 July 2021

Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESTEC and ESAC. Aurora has the opportunity to expand our support to ESA in the domain of  PLT – in the Section RF Payloads (Microwave and Digital).
The happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and  a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.

Specific Tasks

The candidate will be assigned to the Payload Engineering section with the role of “RF Payloads Engineer” and will work in one or more of the following domains:

  • RF Navigation Payloads
  • RF and Microwave Remote Sensing Instruments for Earth Observation
  • RF Satellite Communication Payloads

Tasks and responsibilities include;

  • Contribute to internal R&D activities for the design, modelling, architectural trade-off and performance assessment of advanced RF telecommunication and/or navigation payloads, with main emphasis on payloads based on digital signal processing and active antennas, and RF instruments for earth observation (Synthetic Aperture Radars, Altimeters, Scatterometers, Radiometers).
  • Perform technical management of R&D activities with industry/institutions in the field of advanced payload concepts and sub-systems/equipment development.
  • Provide RF payload technical support to ESA projects and programmes.
  • Contribute to the generation and promotion of innovative ideas for future satellite missions in the field of RF payloads, including the definition of ESA R&D programmes.
  • Define technical requirements and statements of work for R&D activities to be performed by industry, from early conceptual studies to full hardware development.
  • Carry out computer simulations at system/subsystem level for the assessment of end-to-end payload and instrument performance.
  • Contribute to the development/usage of section related laboratory facilities and analysis/simulation tools.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art expertise by monitoring the RF/Microwave systems technological trends and applying them in the day-to-day tasks.

Specific Qualification Requirements

  • Master or PhD in Telecommunications, Microwave or RF Electronics Engineering with at least 4 years of working experience.
  • Good background and several years of working experience on design, development and testing of Radio Frequency Payloads in the domain of Navigation and/or Earth observation and/or Telecommunications.
  • Knowledge and Experience on the following topics are considered an asset:
    o Radio frequency and microwave payloads technologies based on active phased array antennas,
    o Transmit/Receive Modules for microwave payloads,
    o Digital signal processing units, and experience on payloads based on digital signal processing,
    o End-to-end payload performance and signal quality analysis,
    o State-of-the-art RF analogue and (high-speed) digital signal processing techniques and technologies,
    o Software and simulation tools and programming (Matlab/Simulink, ADS/VSS, C/C++, Python),
    o Promoting cooperation and team-working, problem solving.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule.
  • Proficiency in English language (spoken and written) is essential.

Legal and Security Requirements

  • All applicants must be legally allowed to work in The Netherlands
  • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their passport and degree certificate. Aurora will validate the Degree with the issuing University and provide evidence to ESA.
  • Prior to issuing a letter of employment the applicant shall provide to Aurora a recent official document declaring that they are of good conduct from the country where currently resident.


The work will be performed at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


  • The selected candidate will receive good remuneration.
  • Will be registered for both social security and tax in the Netherlands.
  • The standard working hours are 40 per week. There are 12 public holidays and an additional 30 annual days holiday.
  • Training to improve efficiency and provide strength for future career are of course included.
  • Aurora assist with relocation both with support and financially.
  • Aurora contributes to a company pension scheme.

To be considered for this Position

Prior to 13  July 2021, please apply via our Job Application form quoting TEC-PLT-737 as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by  15 July 2021, 13.00 hours.

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