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Micro-Electronics Engineer

Ref: 15254337

Posted on 13 January 2023
Job Location
Noordwijk Zh
Contract Type


We are looking for a Micro-Electronics Engineer (E3) to join our Akkodis Aerospace team, working onsite at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands.

General tasks to be performed:

  • Provision of VLSI (ASIC & FPGA) technical expertise to Projects involving requirements analysis, performance and budgets analysis, writing and assessment of VLSI specifications; review, evaluation and checking of industrial contractor's VLSI designs. Identification of design deficiencies and problem areas and proposals for their solutions.
  • Design, analysis, verification of VLSI systems for control and data processing applications, and/or signal processing using industrial standard tools, hardware description and programming languages.

Specific requirement/task:

  • The post holder will support ASIC and/or FPGA technology developments for R&D and /or projects, supervising that good design practices and manufacturing and test methodologies are applied. In addition, independent verification (through code inspection, simulation and timing analysis) and validation (through HW tests) will have to be carried out for some ASIC and FPGAS developments.


  • When asked to support development contracts regarding the above areas, act as the activity technical responsible, maintain interfaces with the prime contractors, participate in progress meetings and reviews, as requested, and provide appropriate feedback on the achieved progress and discussions.
  • When supporting projects, interface with ESA’s project teams, the prime and lower level contractors, participate in progress meetings and reviews, as requested by project work, and provide appropriate feedback on the achieved progress and discussions.


Akkodis has proudly supported the Aerospace & Defence industry in the Netherlands for decades. Our partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) has been one of the many success stories allowing our people to expand their career horizons. Akkodis experts are contributing to some of the most important technical advances in Aerospace and Defence which impact the way we live our lives today, through specialised engineering expertise and other required skillsets. This could be your future. Become part of our successful team!


The European Space Agency (ESA) has sites in several European countries.

The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), has grown into ESA’s largest establishment and the technical and organizational hub of Europe’s space sector. Missions designed and tested at ESTEC are circling Earth, have landed on planetary bodies and have probed far into the Solar System.

The infrastructure and equipment assembled here, together with the expert knowhow of its 2800 personnel, make ESTEC a unique resource for Europe. The work done here by teams skilled in every aspect of engineering for space has enabled the creation of novel communication, navigation and information services, creating new jobs and growth while improving the lives of European and world citizens.


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

  • Master's degree in Electronics Engineering or Physics, specialized in analog/mixed-signal/RF microelectronics, with five or more years of experience in at least three of the following domains:

o transceiver (RFIC) integrated circuit blocks; low noise amplifiers, power output stages, up/down conversion stages, filters, limiters, voltage/digital controlled oscillators, charge-pump, fractional and digital phase locked loops

o transceiver optical/photonic (PIC) integrated electronic circuit blocks related to semiconductor photonic microelectronics; trans-impedance amplifiers, samplers, clock and data recovery, continuous-time linear equalizers, (de)modulators, phase locked loops,

o mixed-signal circuit design, simulations and layout with Cadence Virtuoso, Spectre, SpectreRF, Mentor/Siemens EDA Calibre or equivalent tools

o electromagnetic simulation with Keysight ADS and/or Ansys HFSS or equivalent tools for package and PCB signal insertion/return loss, integrity, electro-magnetic interference/cross-talk/isolation optimisation

o transceiver IC electrical functional, performance and environmental testing

Important additional assets would be:

  • experience package design tools such as Cadence APD/SiP or equivalent for QFN, CSP and/or SiP packages
  • experience with spectrum and vector network analysers for measurement of IC/package/PCB s-parameters, linearity (P1dB, HD, IMD, IIP2/3, EVM, ACPR), noise figure, resonance measurements/characterisation for high-speed interface performance validation, model extraction for frequency/time domain electrical simulations
  • knowledge of deep submicron SiGe BiCMOS and FinFET technologies
  • knowledge of standards for wireline physical layer of OIF CEI, Ethernet IEEE 802.3, PCIe
  • knowledge of semiconductor photonic microelectronics
  • knowledge of standards for wireless physical layer of IEEE 802.15(a) and/or 802.11
  • knowledge of high-speed optoelectronic devices (e.g., lasers, detectors, modulators), coherent transmission
  • experience with VHDL-AMS, Verilog-AMS mixed-signal hardware description language
  • experience of development, licensing and re-use of Intellectual Property (IP) cores
  • knowledge of quality standards ESCC and ECSS applicable to VLSI ICs for space
  • knowledge of the space environment and its effects on microelectronics devices and radiation effect mitigation techniques.
  • The candidate should have good inter-personal communication skills and high motivation to work in a multi-disciplinary and international environment with confidence and autonomy.
  • A good knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another member state language is considered an asset.
  • Experience in the design of complex microelectronics systems, and familiarity with Industry standard VLSI/ASIC/FPGA CAD tools (e.g. CADENCE, SYNOPSYS, MENTOR, MATLAB, SPW) etc. as well as hardware description languages (VHDL and/or Verilog HDL, SystemC) is essential.
  • Being familiar with the Space applications of microelectronics, and having knowledge of Space environment and quality requirements will be an important asset, but it is not mandatory.
  • Experience with using third party Intellectual Property (IP) designs (in VHDL and/or SystemC) is a requirement.

Please send your CV to before 03/02/2023

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