Antenna RF Engineer -Satellite

SWISSto12 is one of the world’s fastest-growing aerospace companies, evolving from its pioneering use of 3D printing technologies for high-performance Radio Frequency (RF) products and applications to recently announcing the manufacture of entire geostationary telecom satellites, called HummingSat, that define a new category in space.

SWISSto12 is a leading provider of Radio-Frequency (RF) products and sub-systems for aerospace applications. The company’s patented 3D printing technologies and associated product designs are unique to deliver lightweight, compact, highly performing, and competitive RF products.

SWISSto12 is also providing the HummingSat as the world’s first commercial telecom GEO SmallSat developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). Its uniquely compact size combined with highly capable telecom payloads allows telecommunications operators to deploy a cost-efficient, compact and agile asset without sacrificing performance or security. HummingSat has recently been selected by Inmarsat to build three I-8 satellites and in 2022 by Intelsat to build the I-45 satellite.

If you are looking for position where you can play an active role in contributing to innovative and growing company, this role is for you.

We are looking for an experienced Antenna RF Engineer to join our development and customer program teams with a focus on Radio-Frequency subsystems.

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Antenna design experience including early concept development, requirements analysis, antenna design, test and evaluation, and risk assessment
  • Antenna system configurations (e.g., reflectors, DRA, …) and define key capabilities and performance requirements
  • Perform various antenna architecture trades, design, and analysis for complex antenna systems to provide the best combination of size, performance, weight, and cost
  • Review antenna system design to ensure design details comply to the system requirements
  • Assessment for antenna system test, integration, verification, and validation planning
  • Working closely with other teams (e.g., Mechanical, Thermal, AI&T, …)
  • Create and update internal and deliverable engineering documentation including technical specifications, reports, plans, technical memos, and presentations
  • Communicate effectively in both verbal and written form to deliver complex technical information to non-technical professionals representing internal management and customers

Required experience and competencies:

  • Proven experience in relevant antenna development applications, preferably for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Demonstrated experience with antenna system analysis and design through every stage of the development process
  • Strong experience with analysis and optimization tools such as GRASP/POS (Ticra), CST MW Studio, SATSOFT, and/or other antenna design/analysis tools.
  • Extensive experience with system development life cycle (design, analysis, manufacturing, test, verification/validation, delivery, sustainment) for ground, airborne, and/or space-borne antenna systems
  • Experience executing antenna system hardware verification testing at acceptance, proto-flight, and qualification levels
  • Understanding and appreciation of the significance of antennas within satellite applications
  • Strong customer-facing experience in dealing directly with customers (both prime contractors and end-user/customers) and providing technical expertise and guidance on resolving in-depth technical issues during the design, development and sell-off of complex antenna systems
  • Proven ability to work with people at all levels of the organisation and to communicate technical information to non-technical professionals.
  • Ability to write complex technical documents.
  • Communicating effectively, excellent relational skills and ability to work in a team with different professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree or PhD in Engineering with a focus on microwave antennas and microwave electronics.
  • Language: Fluent in English (with emphasis on excellent writing skills), French is a plus.
  • Knowledge of MATLAB and/or Python and/or Fortran is desirable is a plus

Working conditions and contract:

SWISSto12 offers a full-time contract with an attractive compensation package. This position This position is based in our Lausanne, Switzerland office and will require occasional travel between the Europe, the US and Israel to work with teams and suppliers in the different locations.

Interested applicants are requested to apply through LinkedIn

More about SWISSto12:

SWISSto12 has successfully established contracts with Inmarsat, Intelsat and ESA for HummingSat as well as an established and growing business for its RF product line in Europe and the US with prominent partners and customers such as Thales, Frontgrade, Profen and ESA. SWISSto12 spun-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2011, is privately owned and backed by prominent Swiss and European Investors. SWISSto12 is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and operates a US-subsidiary in Foster City California and another team in New Hampshire. The company is well funded for its near and mid-term developments and backed by a solid customer revenue stream.