RF Payloads Plus Microwave/Mmwaves Technology and Equipment Engineer


Deadline: 04 December 2023

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 – RF Systems Payload and Technologies.
Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.


The candidate will be assigned to the RF Payload Engineering and Digital Equipment section (TEC-EFP) with the role of “RF NAVIGATION PAYLOAD ENGINEER” and will mainly provide support to the LEO-PNT Project and support section’s activities.

The LEO-PNT Project, a component of the FutureNAV programme, includes the implementation of an overall end-to-end in-orbit service demonstrator for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) in low-Earth orbit (LEO), including system engineering, satellites and launch services, ground segment and operations, system validation, experimentation and service demonstration.

Specific Tasks

The candidate will provide support as Navigation Payload Engineer to the LEO-PNT Project, in particular:

  • Support the procurement of the LEO-PNT payload elements.
  • Manage and control Navigation payload(s) requirements.
  • Monitor and control Navigation payload performance allocation and budgeting.
  • Participate to the Navigation payload procurement process.
  • Monitor all aspects of the Navigation payload development (design, implementation and verification/testing).
  • Follow-up the qualification and acceptance verification activities, identifying also the necessary breadboarding and model-philosophy approach.
  • Assess payload and system navigation performance during all project phases.
  • Interact with ESA unit-equipment specialists as necessary for the navigation payload complete development.

Support section’s activities, in particular:

  • Contribute to internal R&D activities for the design, modelling, architectural trade-off and performance assessment of navigation payloads with main emphasis on payloads based on digital signal processing and active antennas.
  • Perform technical management of R&D activities with industry/institutions in the field of advanced payload concepts and sub-systems/equipment development for navigation payloads.
  • 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 performance, with particular emphasis on signal quality for navigation payloads.
  • Contribute to the development/usage of internally developed 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 Requirements

To successfully perform the above mentioned tasks, the following background / experience is required:

  • University Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Microwave or RF Electronics Engineering.
  • Good background and working experience on design and development of Radio Frequency Payloads in the domain of Navigation Satellite communications, or any other relevant space domain.
  • Solid, hands-on experience in RF and digital Payload development (and relevant subsystems) integrated into a project/procurement environment is required.

Knowledge and Experience on the following topics are considered an asset:

  • Radio frequency and microwave payloads architectures and technologies.
  • Two-way time and frequency transfer and synchronisation techniques and relevant technologies.
  • Simulation of RF Payloads, communication systems and performance assessment (with e.g. Matlab, Phyton).
  • Digital signal processing techniques.
  • End-to-end payload performance and signal quality analysis.
  • Promoting cooperation and team-working, problem solving.

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.

Employment Contract

  • The contract is until you reach the standard retirement age of the Netherlands.
  • The selected candidate will receive good remuneration  in line with ESA Job Class.
  • 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 15,7% of pensionable salary to a company pension scheme and employees can optionally make additional contributions.

To be considered for this Position

Prior to 04 December 2023, please apply via our Job Application form quoting TEC-PLT-983 (RT-C/TEC-EFP/00983) as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 07 December 2023, 13.00 hours.

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