CesiumAstro
Austin, TX

Senior RF Test Engineer at CesiumAstro

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Please Note: US citizenship or permanent residency is required for this position.

CesiumAstro is a rapidly growing space technology startup in Austin, Texas, developing out-of-the-box communication systems for satellites, UAVs, launch vehicles, and other space and airborne platforms. Our approach is unique, and our team is changing the world of space communications. Learn more about our company at https://www.cesiumastro.com.

We are looking to add a Senior RF Test Engineer to our team. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing test systems for leading-edge satellite, spacecraft, and aerospace communication systems, we would like to hear from you.

In this position, you are responsible for the design and implementation of test architectures for Cesium’s phased array communication products. Cesium designs and produces full-stacked phased arrays, from the power and digital back end through the active phased array antenna. As such, the ideal candidate possesses a strong combination of hardware and software knowledge with proficiencies in conducted RF testing, antenna measurements, RF test architectures, and lab automation. The successful candidate will work closely with multi-disciplinary teams to address company-wide hardware test needs.

In space, there are no RMAs. As such, Cesium’s Test Engineering team is highly technical and a critical component of product development. Senior Test Engineers work with product designs from initial concept to space deployment – from design-for-testability to giving the final sign-off that the product will meet the customer’s needs in orbit around the Earth.

Core day-to-day responsibilities include designing reusable test solutions that can be used across a variety of RF systems; defining and maintaining standards of rigor in our test department; collaborating with engineering teams to develop test requirements; mapping requirements to reusable test architectures and procedures; implementing test plans and procedures; establish testing requirements for mass production; and presenting takeaways to key stakeholders. Additional responsibilities include lab and equipment management and guiding key equipment purchase decisions.

The successful candidate will present engineering design review materials to our customers and executive team, as well as participate in proposal-writing efforts and authoring datasheets. As such, excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

We provide generous benefits and stock option packages to all our employees.

Successful candidates will require, as a minimum:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) or higher degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics from an accredited university or institution.
  • Minimum of 5 years of industry or university research experience in the design, analysis, and implementation of RF test systems.
  • Experience developing test plans for characterizing the performance of RF systems.
  • Design-for-testability experience, with a proven record of working with responsible engineers, manufacturing engineers, and production test labs to ensure a testable product is developed.
  • Experience authoring verification test plans, test procedures, and test reports from product requirements.
  • High proficiency with RF measurements (Linearity, NSD, EVM, etc.).
  • Hands-on experience with lab instruments such as digital oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, RF signal generators, and vector signal analyzers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred experience includes:

  • Test architecture design and development including scripting, test executives, hardware, and measurement abstraction layers.
  • Design for testability to drive changes in PCB design, component selection, and test fixturing.
  • Experience defining and implementing project plans, managing milestones, defining actionable targets, and maintaining a workflow that emphasizes accountability.
  • Programming or scripting experience (Python, MATLAB, C/C++, etc.).
  • Proficiency with statistics and metrology.
  • Understanding of RF and mixed-signal hardware (e.g. amplifiers, filters, ADCs/DACs, antennas) and its effects on test design.
  • Experience with professional simulation tools such as CST and ADS, as well as EDA tools such as Altium.
  • EMI/EMC test experience in aerospace systems.


CesiumAstro is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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13412 GALLERIA CIRCLE, Austin, TX 78738
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Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program

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Director of Manufacturing and Operations

CesiumAstro
Austin
3 days ago
+20
We are looking to add a Director of Manufacturing and Operations to our team. The ideal candidate for this role will provide leadership over our supply chain and manufacturing departments. This will include implementing and improving operational policies and guidelines for the organization. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about business transformation, we would like to hear from you. In this position, you will manage a team while establishing processes that enable Cesium’s rapid growth and maintain cost efficiency. Core job functions will include product production and industrialization, vendor management, configuration management, and process documentation. You will also oversee all supply chain functions including sourcing, procurement, transportation, inventory management, materials management, and supplier review. Additionally, your analytical skills will contribute strongly, as you provide deep insight into spending patterns, trends, and cost reduction potential.

Senior Digital Hardware Design Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
We are looking to add a Senior Hardware Design Engineer to our team. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing leading-edge hardware for satellites, spacecraft, and aerospace systems, we would like to hear from you. In this position, you will be responsible for board-level high-speed digital electronics, including products based on processors, FPGAs, and GPUs, through all phases of the development process. Projects will include software-defined radios, single-board computers, digital architectures for communication systems, and hardware products for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Senior RF Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
We are looking to add a Senior RF Engineer to our team. The ideal candidate has extensive experience in board-level and system-level RF electronics design. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing leading-edge phased arrays for satellites, spacecraft, and aerospace systems, we would like to hear from you. In this position, you will be responsible for RF circuits, modules, and systems through all phases of the development process. The ideal candidate will be proficient in board-level schematic design and PCB layout of RF circuits, system-level communications concepts such as link budgets and modulation schemes, and end-to-end RF product development. The work will include many aspects of phased array communication systems, including RF front-ends, frequency converters and synthesizers, filters, beamformers, power dividers, and phased array antennas.

RF Engineer, Hardware Design

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
We are looking to add an RF Engineer to our team. The ideal candidate has experience in board-level RF electronics design. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing leading-edge RF hardware for satellites, spacecraft, and aerospace systems, we would like to hear from you. In this position, you will be responsible for RF circuits and systems through all phases of the development process. The ideal candidate will be proficient in board-level schematic design and PCB layout of RF circuits, and system-level communications concepts such as link budgets and modulation schemes. The work will include many aspects of phased array communication systems, including RF front-ends, frequency converters and synthesizers, filters, beamformers, power dividers, and phased array antennas.

EEE Parts / Component Engineer (Electrical, Electronic, Electromechanical)

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
We are looking to add EEE Parts / Component Engineers for Electrical, Electronics, Electromechanical (EEE) Parts to our team. The ideal candidate is experienced in EEE components engineering for aerospace (strongly preferred) or automotive electronics (considered). If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about product development, we would like to hear from you.  In this position, you will be a key member of our product development team, leading the parts and component selection, qualification, failure root-cause analysis, standardization, vendor evaluations, and performance verification efforts. The rapid growth of our team, programs, and product potential is just beginning, and you will bring a critical skill to our diverse and talented team. We are building a communications platform for the next network frontier, and that begins with an engineering team of uncommon capability and visionary leadership. 

Mechanical Design Engineer, Electronics Packaging

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
We are looking to add a Mechanical Design Engineer, Electronics Packaging to our team. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing leading-edge hardware for satellites, spacecraft, and aerospace systems, we would like to hear from you.

Pricing and Proposal Analyst

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
We are looking to add a Pricing and Proposal Analyst to our team. The ideal candidate for this role will provide continued analyses for design, development, production, test, and evaluation costing activities across all Cesium products and contracts. This will include compiling and analyzing transactions, materials, labor, and overhead information to be used in a given contract, or proposal; program planning and control as well as annual expenditure budgets for bid and proposal efforts; internal R&D and capital expenditures will also be part of the day to day responsibilities.

Principal Mechanical Design Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
At CesiumAstro, we are developers and pioneers of out-of-the-box communication systems for satellites, UAVs, launch vehicles, and other space and airborne platforms. We take pride in our dynamic and cross-functional work environment, which allows us to learn, develop, and engage across our organization. If you are looking for hands-on, interactive, and autonomous work, CesiumAstro is the place for you. We are actively seeking passionate, collaborative, energetic, and forward-thinking individuals to join our team. Learn more about our company at https://www.cesiumastro.com.

Senior Power Electronics Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
As a senior hardware team member, you will be responsible for hardware designs from concept through production, including product roadmaps, block diagrams, part selection, schematic design, PCB layout and routing, analysis, manufacturing (working with contract manufacturers), test, qualification, and in-orbit support. Senior engineers also serve as technical and professional mentors in their field.

Senior RF Test Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
We are looking to add a Senior RF Test Engineer to our team. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing test systems for leading-edge satellite, spacecraft, and aerospace communication systems, we would like to hear from you.

VP of Engineering

CesiumAstro
Austin
4 days ago
+20
In this position, you will drive delivery of existing products, guide product evolution, and establish world-class engineering capabilities. The rapid growth of our team, customer programs, and product potential is just beginning, and you will bring just the right amount of organization to this disruptive chaos. We are building a communications platform for the next network frontier, and that begins with an engineering team of uncommon capability and visionary leadership. 

Electronics Test Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
1 week ago
+20
We are looking to add an Electronics Test Engineer to our team. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing leading-edge test systems for satellites, spacecraft, and aerospace systems, we would like to hear from you.

Principal Digital Hardware Design Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
1 week ago
+20
We are looking to add a Principal Hardware Design Engineer to our team. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing leading-edge hardware for satellites, spacecraft, and aerospace systems, we would like to hear from you.

Radiation Effects Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
1 week ago
+20
We are looking to add a Radiation Effects Engineer to our team. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and are passionate about developing hardware for leading-edge satellite, spacecraft, and aerospace communication systems, we would like to hear from you.

Test Software Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
1 week ago
+20
In this position, you will be responsible for software products necessary throughout all phases of test and integration. Key projects will include developing and managing software for interfacing with flight hardware and test equipment in an abstract and flexible manner that can be quickly implemented into a variety of test campaigns, developing methods to store and access generated data, and equipping the test team with other software tools necessary to efficiently accomplish ambitious testing goals.

Executive Assistant

CesiumAstro
Austin
2 weeks ago
+20
We are looking to add an Executive Assistant to our team. If you are great at what you do, enjoy working in a startup environment, and have talent and a good work ethic, we would like to hear from you. We are looking for someone to be the executive assistant to our CEO. You will be the go-to person for scheduling, managing meetings, and managing office operations to help ensure organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and safety. You should be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks and will be able to work independently with little or no supervision. You must be well organized, flexible and enjoy the administrative challenges of supporting an office of diverse people.

Embedded Software Engineer

CesiumAstro
Austin
3 weeks ago
+20
Please Note: US citizenship or permanent residency is required for this position. CesiumAstro is a rapidly growing space technology startup in Austin, Texas, developing out-of-the-box communication systems for satellites, UAVs, launch vehicles, and other space and airborne platforms. Our approach is unique, and our team is changing the world of space communications. Learn more about our company at https://www.cesiumastro.com. We are looking to

Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist

CesiumAstro
Austin
3 weeks ago
+20
Please Note: US citizenship or permanent residency is required for this position. CesiumAstro is a rapidly growing space technology startup in Austin, Texas, developing out-of-the-box communication systems for satellites, UAVs, launch vehicles, and other space and airborne platforms. Our approach is unique, and our team is changing the world of space communications. Learn more about our company at http://www.cesiumastro.com. We are looking to add