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RF Design Engineer

  • Job
    Junior (1-2 years) - Senior (5-8 years)
  • Engineering
  • $120K - $155K
  • San Francisco
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AI generated summary

  • You need a BS in electrical engineering or equivalent, 1-6 years experience, deep RF knowledge, hands-on hardware design experience, RF simulation tool proficiency, US Citizenship, and bonus skills in satellite payloads, SSPAs, high-reliability electronics, antennas, and SDRs.
  • You will design, simulate, and implement RF sub-systems for spacecraft, integrating third-party hardware and collaborating with the team on hardware projects.


  • BS in electrical engineering, physics, applied physics, or equivalent
  • Passion for hardware development, including working in a fast-paced environment and hands-on design and development
  • 1-6 years of experience
  • Deep knowledge of fundamental RF concepts, such as RF circuit analysis, noise, linearity, radio architectures, etc
  • Hands-on experience in designing, building, and testing RF hardware for microwave frequencies
  • Experience with RF simulation tools (ADS, Cadence, HFSS, etc)
  • US Citizenship or Green Card
  • Bonus:
  • MS or PhD in electrical engineering, physics, applied physics, or equivalent
  • Experience with PCB design, layout and simulation (Altium or similar)
  • Experience with system in package (SiP), multi-chip modules (MCM), packaged RF hybrids, etc
  • Experience developing communications satellite payloads
  • Experience designing SSPAs or implementing SSPA-based phased arrays
  • Experience with designing high reliability electronics for harsh environments such as space or automotive
  • Antennas and Electromagnetics propagation knowledge and background
  • Experience with Software Defined Radios and associated skillset (mixed signal, high speed digital)
  • Familiarity with Python or other scripting languages used for automating test instruments


  • Design, simulate, implement, and measure active and passive RF sub-systems at microwave frequencies, including; SSPAs, LNAs, power amplifiers, up/down converters, oscillators, filters, etc.
  • Be responsible for hardware designs from requirements definition through manufacturing, bring-up, and qualification testing
  • Integrate these systems into the spacecraft by working closely with the rest of the team
  • Specify, procure, and integrate third party vendor hardware
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team


What will be my main responsibilities as an RF Design Engineer?

As an RF Design Engineer, your main responsibilities will include designing, qualifying, and procuring active RF electronics in the RF front end of satellite payloads. You will work closely with other engineers to meet overall system requirements.

What specific skills or knowledge will I need for this role?

To be successful as an RF Design Engineer, you will need strong knowledge and experience in RF electronics, including frequency converters, SSPAs, LNAs, PLLs, etc. Additionally, you should have experience working with satellite payloads and collaboration skills to work with a multi-disciplinary team.

How important is collaboration with other engineers in this role?

Collaboration with other engineers, such as mechanical, payload systems, electrical, and software engineers, is crucial in this role. Working together to achieve overall system requirements and integrating your RF designs with other components is essential for successful satellite payloads.

What are some challenges I may encounter as an RF Design Engineer?

Some challenges you may encounter include meeting strict performance requirements in RF front end designs, dealing with stringent qualification processes for active RF electronics, and working within the constraints of satellite payload space and power limitations. It will be important to stay organized, innovative, and adaptable in addressing these challenges.

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Astranis is building small, low-cost telecommunications satellites. Our mission is to help get online the 4 billion people who are without internet access.