Astranis

The next generation of internet satellites.

RF Test Engineer at Astranis

Location
San Francisco, CA
Job Type
Full-time
Experience
3+ years
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About the role

Astranis is connecting the four billion people in the world who do not currently have access to the internet. We are building the next generation of smaller, lower-cost spacecraft to bring the world online.

We are well-funded by some of the best investors in the business and have raised over $350 million to date. We have a world-class team that is passionate about building amazing technology. And we have a fun and collaborative work environment where you will learn a lot and make a huge impact no matter where you are in your career. Just check out our Glassdoor reviews to see what our team has to say about working at Astranis.

Our team is growing fast. Apply now!

RF Test Engineer

In this role you will design, implement, and execute automated testing or characterization of radio subsystems. You will work with hardware designers and other payload engineers to derive test requirements, validate designs over voltage/temperature, and write test software required to facilitate hardware bring up and qualification testing. You will also be validating and characterizing payload performance throughout the spacecraft assembly, integration, and test flow.

Role:

  • Functional testing of new custom Astranis radio subsystems (frequency converters, amplifiers, modems, data converters, etc)
  • Performance characterization and calibration of custom Astranis radio subsystems (calibrate gain, nonlinearity, flatness, phase noise, frequency drift over temperature, emissions compliance, etc)
  • Own testing of integrated radio system for system level metrics like EVM, BER, link acquisition time, etc
  • Procure, setup, and automate new test equipment (network analyzers, signal generators, oscilloscopes, RF loads, etc)
  • Build up test benches, test racks, and design PCBs for test
  • Develop and maintain test automation code in Python
  • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in EE, CS (or equivalent background knowledge)
  • Experience working with RF test equipment (network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, etc)
  • Experience with Python (or other high-level scripting languages)
  • Experience in test automation
  • Experience designing PCBs using Altium or similar
  • 2+ years of experience working in a hardware environment

Bonus:

  • 2+ years of experience testing communications or sensing hardware (digital radio, radar, sonar, lidar, etc)
  • Strong grasp of digital communications concepts
  • Experience with bash/tcl (or similar shell-level scripting languages)
  • Strong proficiency with Linux and command-line tooling
  • Enjoy writing robust code
  • Enjoy root causing issues and problem solving

U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required

(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))

 

Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.

Why you should join Astranis

U.S. CITIZENSHIP OR GREEN CARD REQUIRED (Note: This is due to U.S. export regulations, and we are unable to make exceptions.)

Four billion people do not have access to the internet. Astranis is going to change that. We are building the next generation of smaller, lower-cost telecommunications satellites to bring the world online.

Come work with incredibly smart people who have flown things in space before. No prior space experience needed, you just need to enjoy getting your hands dirty with real hardware and be okay with struggling to do things that seem impossibly hard.

We’re a well-funded team of over 100 world-class engineers that move fast. We raised our Series B ($90M) from Andreessen Horowitz and Venrock, launched our first satellite in 2018, secured our first major customer deal in 2019, and we’ll triple the satellite internet capacity of Alaska in 2021.

Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.