Senior Antenna Array Engineer

Isotropic Systems Ltd. Published: June 14, 2019
Reading, United Kingdom
Job Type


Isotropic Systems is seeking world class candidates to join a fast-paced, proven team working on cutting edge technology in a successful startup company that brings significant opportunity for the right candidate.


We are pioneering the introduction of innovative and disruptive low-profile multiple-beam satellite communications terminals for mobile and fixed applications. These highly integrated terminal systems combine elements of new advances in microwave lens optics, phased array antenna technology, and dynamic beam pointing control systems using analog and/or digital signal processing. Our terminal designs operate as fully electronic beam steering systems. Our IP has applications across a wide range of market sectors including: aeronautical, land mobile, maritime, and 5G, providing broadband, multi-beam, two-way communications with dynamic tracking of geostationary and non-geostationary satellites or terrestrial nodes.


Job Summary

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location: Reading, UK

Reports to: Director of Passive Microwave Engineering




Isotropic Systems is seeking an outstanding Senior Antenna Array Engineer to join our growing team of creative, highly skilled engineers. The Senior Antenna Array Engineer will be designing, analysing and measuring optimised RF Feed array structures for operation in concert with our RF lens antenna designs and will be actively contributing to the optimization of our overall antenna design. The Senior Antenna Array Engineer will be working closely with the members of the RF lens and active circuits teams and will be reporting to the Director of Passive Microwave Circuits.


Real world experience in the design of different feed elements and their relative performance advantages in the context of active phased array antennas, computational electromagnetics and simulation-based analysis, together with programming experience (Matlab, Python, etc.) would make for a very compelling candidate for this position. Experience of integrating the antenna elements with active circuits and taking antenna designs from concept, through prototype and to volume production are seen as key differentiators. Knowledge or experience with the concepts of lenses and transformational optics would be beneficial.


Independent, self-driven work ethic and good team, high verbal and written communication skills are required. Some travel to customer sites and our US office is possible.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Design and optimization of antenna elements and arrays of antenna elements.


Antenna analysis using 3D full-wave electromagnetic modelling.


Working with the RF lens and active circuits teams to ensure optimal design of the complete antenna.


Antenna measurements.


Radome design and considerations.


Generating comprehensive results-oriented reports for internal and external purposes.


Skills and/or Experience Needed:

Experience of a range of antenna array types and element designs (e.g. patches, waveguide etc.)


Experience of integration of active TX/RX electronics in antenna arrays.


Knowledge of PCB based manufacturing of antennas at mmWave frequencies.


Design and testing of antennas and arrays at mm-wave frequencies,


Design for cost and manufacturability of antenna arrays.


Understanding of interactions between antenna element design, feed network and active electronics design.


Knowledge and experience of active array antenna test and measurement, both S-parameters and radiation characteristics.


Knowledge of regulatory requirements for antennas operating in the SatCom industry


Proficiency in electromagnetic simulation using 3D full-wave electromagnetic modeling software (e.g. ANSYS HFSS, CST, XFDTD, COMSOL etc.)


Strong Matlab/Python/similar skills.


Use of optimisation algorithms


Other Abilities:
Strong communications skills


Ability to communicate calmly in a well thought out response, verbal and written


Must have substantial problem-solving abilities


Ability to effectively present information in team meetings and design reviews as needed


Occasional international travel on request


Benefits Overview:


Isotropic Systems offers a highly competitive compensation package (salary and equity), excellent benefits and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions.


Isotropic Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, non-disqualifying disability, or any other basis covered by applicable laws. We base all hiring decisions on candidate qualifications and business needs.


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