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Senior RF/Communication Systems Engineer

  • Job
    Senior Level
  • Engineering
  • $170K - $205K
  • San Francisco
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  • You need a degree in electrical engineering, 7+ years of experience, strong communication skills, understanding of signals/systems, lab testing experience, software development proficiency, and a passion for learning in a fast-paced environment. Bonus points for familiarity with satellite radio systems, RF system design, and signal processing techniques.
  • You will lead trade studies, establish requirements, and collaborate with various design teams for RF/Communication systems at Astranis. Develop signal processing algorithms and contribute to R&D efforts.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering or equivalent
  • 7+ years of experience
  • Strong technical communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong fundamentals in "signals and systems" and digital communications
  • Familiar with hardware components and their associated impairments / limitations
  • Comfortable working in the lab, testing radio hardware, using signal generator, signal analyzer, network analyzer, oscilloscope, etc
  • Proven ability to triage and debug issues discovered in testing
  • Comfortable developing software (Python, and some C/C++)
  • Fast to learn new tools and workflows
  • A passion for working in a fast-paced environment and constantly learning
  • Don't meet them all? Not a problem. Please apply even if you do not meet all these criteria.
  • Bonus:
  • Familiarity with satellite radio systems (ground segment and/or space segment)
  • RF system design and budgeting
  • Radio characterization test planning, automation and execution
  • Comfortable with software, especially Python, git, GNU Radio
  • Fixed point implementation of signal processing algorithms
  • Familiarity with multi-rate signal processing techniques (polyphase filters, resamplers, etc)
  • Multi-antenna systems (beamforming, null-steering)
  • Direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) modem design
  • Familiarity with satellite waveforms and modems (DVB-S2/x, DVB-RCS2)


  • Own architectural trade studies, and establish system and unit level requirements analytically or via simulation
  • Lead R&D efforts for new radio features / technologies / custom components
  • Work closely with many design teams, including RF, Antenna, digital hardware, FPGA, mechanical, thermal
  • Communications related signal processing algorithm design and test
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team.


What are the main responsibilities of a Senior RF/Communication Systems Engineer at Astranis?

The main responsibilities include architecture, design, and modeling of satellite communication payloads, working closely with other teams such as antenna, SDR, RF, DSP, and mechanical teams, and designing the best possible radio systems.

What qualifications are required for this role?

A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field, at least 5 years of experience in RF/communication systems engineering, proficiency in relevant software tools, and strong communication skills are required for this role.

What collaboration is expected in this role?

As a Senior RF/Communication Systems Engineer at Astranis, you will collaborate closely with other teams including antenna, SDR, RF, DSP, and mechanical teams to design and implement the best satellite communication systems.

Small, low-cost communications satellites, in higher orbits.

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Mission & Purpose

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