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RF Payload System Engineer

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Toegevoegd op 18 November 2022
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Noordwijk Zh
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We are looking for an RF Payload System Engineer (E3) to join our Akkodis Aerospace team, working onsite at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands.

Specific tasks to be performed:

You will be assigned to the Payload Engineering section (TEC-EFP) with the role of “RF PAYLOAD ENGINEER” and will work in

one or more of the following domains:

 RF and Microwave Remote Sensing Instruments for Earth Observation

 RF Navigation Payloads

 RF Satellite Communication Payloads

Tasks will be:

  • Contribute to internal R&D activities for the design, modelling, architectural trade-off and performance assessment of advanced RF and microwave instruments for Earth Observation, and/or navigation payloads, and/or satellit communication 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,
  • Provide expert 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.

General tasks to be performed:

  • Definition, simulation, specification and development of telecom, navigation and RF Remote Sensing Instruments and payloads.
  • The related tasks include both R&D activities in preparation of payload / instrument concepts for future satellite missions and the technical support to ESA projects on the areas of telecom and navigation payloads and RF Remote Sensing instruments (i.e. Radar, SAR, altimeters, radiometers, scatterometers).


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:

  • University Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Microwave or RF Electronics Engineering,
  • 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),

  • Promoting cooperation and team-working, problem solving.
  • Profiles with Navigation Payloads and/or satellite Communication Payloads experience preferred

Please send your CV to before 14/12/2022

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