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RF ANALYSIS ENGINEER (STARLINK)
Starlink satellites harvest solar power and serve users on the ground via RF links. The RF analysis engineer will work closely with thermal, power, structures GNC and other teams across the organization to help design a flexible, reliable system that can simulate the probability of interference events for a large portion of the world’s population. This engineer will design methods for Starlink to coordinate with other RF systems to avoid interference without significant performance impacts.
- Work cross-functionally with teams across the organization to design a system to assess the probability of interference across all RF links.
- Design RF coordination methods between all relevant satellite operators.
- Drive Starlink system-level optimization trades to provide great internet service considering mass, power, thermal, network, regulatory, reliability constraints etc.
- Ensure that Starlink RF operations comply with all relevant regulations.
- Define protocol for responding to a potential interference event.
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or other engineering degree.
- Experience with RF design, analysis or system engineering.
- Software development experience in Python, C++, or other object-oriented programming language.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Solid understanding of RF fundamental engineering principals.
- Ability to communicate complex concepts, problems, and solutions clearly.
- Demonstrated communication skills and ability to be cordial and productive under stress.
- Ability to react quickly to programmatic demands given the current state of analysis tools meanwhile improving/developing tools for better/quicker future analyses.
- Experience designing or testing phased array antennas.
- Knowledge of digital communication systems, spread spectrum, single and multi-carrier techniques and modulation types such as QPSK, APSK and QAM.
- Experience with radio related test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, vector signal analyzers, vector signal generator, network analyzers.
- Experience testing and troubleshooting WiFi routers, modems, etc.
- Experience characterizing radio performance.
- Experience testing products to meet FCC, IEC, ETSI, EU and international standards.
- Programming experience (e.g. Python, C/C++, etc.).
- Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed.
- To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
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