Grafton Technology

Graduate RF Engineer

Job Reference : GTL-2021-03-112

Location: Guildford, United Kingdom

To undertake the production and test of RF Communications systems and associated test hardware, including but not limited to Transmitters, Receivers and Antennas.


Primary role will be the production and test of RF communication systems working :
  • Evaluation of mission requirements and top-level RF system design
  • Budget and schedule responsibility for RF system production
  • Component selection and circuit level design and simulation where required
  • Management of RF modules through production & test
  • RF module test and fault-find at bench level, environmental level (EMC and thermal vacuum testing) and spacecraft level
  • Management of test engineers performing RF module test activities
  • Authoring of technical documents (including assembly & test procedures, reports and technical descriptions)
  • Regular reporting to mission Project Manager regarding budget and schedule changes and management of active risks still open on the RF system
  • Teaching technology transfer students about RF design solutions for space missions
  • Managing engineering updates to heritage designs
  • Interaction with customers and presentations at milestone reviews


In addition to the primary role, other responsibilities could include:

  • Development of RF circuits for future missions

  • Providing input into bids for future contracts

  • Assisting GNSS engineers in delivery and test of GNSS products

Skills and Experience:

  • Theoretical and practical experience in RF/Microwave electronics discipline is required, work experience in RF electronics is advantageous
  • Hands-on design and fault finding during test is an advantage
  • Presentation and discussion of technical material to/with a technical audience is essential
  • Experience in theory/design/test up to 30GHz would be an advantage
  • Experience in the following areas would also be highly advantageous; Amplifier design, Antenna design, Software Radio design, EMC, EM simulations
  • HND/Bachelors degree in Electronics with RF/Microwave electronics
  • Excellent understanding of RF communications systems
  • Knowledge of software and simulation tools advantageous
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
  • Results orientated, can-do approach
  • Pro-active and able to take initiative
  • Decision making and problem solving skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills - both written and oral communications; ability to interface with customers and technical representatives
  • Highly organized with clear communication skills
  • Ability to work simultaneously on a variety of projects
  • Good knowledge of MS Office Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Proven ability to deliver solutions under pressure and to tight timescales
  • Able to demonstrate company mindsets; accountability, one team, customers and projects rule and audacity