Senior RF Systems Engineer - Licensing & Operations

Job Ref: 3313374cbc | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action-oriented.
While other companies talk about it, we do it!
About the role
The Senior RF Engineer works independently under the guidance of the RF Manager and has two primary roles.

1) To ensure that RL operates in accordance with frequency regulations by arranging/maintaining frequency licences for Rocket Lab’s RF systems, including launch vehicle, ground stations and satellites, and leads coordination activities as needed.

2) To ensure the mission operational readiness of Electron telemetry and command systems and associated ground stations. The Senior RF Engineer works with other RL teams to determine telemetry and command mission requirements, develops mission plans and ICDs, and verifies the operational readiness of systems via test. The Senior RF Engineer also works with 3rd party ground station operators to arrange mission ground stations and to verify their operational readiness.
Essential skills
  • Bachelors or higher in Engineering majoring in radio communications systems or an equivalent qualification
  • 3+ years' experience working in a regulatory environment on the licencing and coordination of RF systems
  • 3+ years' experience working with RF communications systems
  • Significant experience conducting RF analysis, including link budget analysis
  • Systematic approach to tasks and a high level of attention to detail
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.
Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.
We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.
Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.
Important Information
For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.  For more information on these Regulations, click here

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