Communication Systems Engineer

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About the Company

ALCAN is a fast-growing company working towards a future where every moving vehicle (cars, ships, trains, planes) has broadband connection by using ALCAN’s ground-breaking liquid crystal based smart antennas. ALCAN’s patented technology enables ultra-thin, lightweight flat panel antennas which can track satellites fully electronically without any moving parts. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to be a part of this exciting change and work towards developing these antennas to make a global impact by enabling communication easier for every human-being.

We have an open full-time position for a Communication Systems Engineer in Darmstadt, Germany.

ALCAN offers a generous relocation package to cover the moving costs if the employee is outside of the southern Frankfurt Rhein-Main area.

  • ALCAN Systems GmbH
  • Darmstadt, Germany
  • Research & Development
Job Description

The Communication Systems Engineer will be involved with the entire RF system of the antenna and its baseband communications. Thus, the candidate needs to have a track record of developing communication systems and solid technical understanding of RF/microwave circuits. The engineer will work on system requirements definition, system and subsystems design, development, integration and will support testing of RF Payloads and Communications Systems.

Responsibilities
  • End-to-End communications systems test experience, conduct and/or support of design reviews, requirements verification, environmental testing, and test procedure analysis.
  • Design of RF circuits such as tracking receiver
  • Perform coordination tasks for RF systems and interface with other third parties and agencies (e.g. satellite modem integration) to provide system direction of design and business development efforts
  • Perform radio frequency interference and compatibility analysis for space-based communication systems.
  • Receive and interpret RFI/RFPs to break down requirements into architectural concepts.
  • Work with antennas, antenna polarization, power spectral density & spectral roll-off, power flux density, noise density, DVB-S2 standards
  • Perform analysis and simulations using software’s such as MatLab, Simulink or Python
Experience
  • Master’s Degree in telecommunication, electronics or comparable discipline + 5 years industry experience or Bachelor’s Degree in a similar program + 8 years industry experience
  • Excellent technical understanding of satellite RF systems or communication systems
  • Possess knowledge of digital communications, RF system analysis, FEC coding, and communications engineering
  • Excellent technical understanding of closed-loop satellite tracking methods such as sequential lobing, monopulse and step tracking.
  • Excellent technical understanding of communication systems such as digital modulation schemes, signal detection, signal and interference analysis, baseband filtering
  • Excellent technical understanding of System Engineering Processes, Best Practices and Requirements including System Analyses, Trade Studies, Risk & Risk Management, Specifications, Design Definitions, Verification & Test
  • Active participation in communications subsystem integration test activities
  • Systems engineering support in evaluating external systems specifications and design documentation.
  • Provision of inputs to the project management staff as needed
Key Competencies
  • Ability to think out-of-box, problem solving, and adapt quickly to new technical areas
  • Analyze the trade-offs between performance, manufacturability, cost and user experience
  • Capable of interacting with a cross-functional and international technical team
  • Experience with RF test instruments and setups such as VNA, spectrum analyzer, anechoic chamber, etc.
  • Competency in programming with MATLAB or Python
  • Knowledge of different communication standards like Bluetooth, WLAN, LTE, DVB-S2 etc. preferable
  • Understanding of phased array theory and electronically steerable arrays is a plus
  • Competency in using EM simulation tools like ADS, CST, HFSS, AWR is a plus
  • Track record of generating innovative solutions, successful hardware releases (patents are a plus)
  • Experience in design and implementation of active circuits is a plus
  • Team member
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