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ASIC Engineering Director

Hanwha Phasor, the inventor of the ultra-low profile active electronically steered phased array (AESA) for mobile satcom, is looking for an ambitious ASIC Engineering Director. Your primary role is to build, nurture and inspire a team.  At the same time, you may relish the opportunity to raise your profile, becoming a world authority in this ground-breaking application of phased array technology for communications on the move.

You will lead a band of integrated circuit engineers working in advanced high-speed RF at millimetre wave.  Because they are ASIC people, they are hungry to learn and largely motivated by the ability to win their technology spurs. Accordingly, you will possess the technical authority to guide their efforts, always ready to explore new ideas whether they come from young postgraduates or senior principal engineers and technical fellows.

You will create a vibrant environment in which ideas are freely and regularly exchanged, ready to deliver the ‘Holy Grail’ of ASIC design for mobile satcom phased arrays: minimal power consumption. You will know that this prize comes with the challenges of meeting extremely tight specifications across noise figures, linearity and bandwidth at high frequencies.

And the frequencies your team will be required to work at will become higher. Hanwha Phasor will launch its build-standard Ku-band aero product in 2025 to meet the demand for connectivity with low-earth orbiting constellations and we are already planning our eighth-generation circuit, this time for Ka band.

The team has always been small but its achievements have been in inverse proportion to its size, its efforts judged world-class by external auditors. Now we need to create new momentum and resilience.  You will be empowered to protect this legacy and then build on it, expanding the team from a global pool to over 20 talented individuals.

While you will experience a refreshing level of autonomy, you will have plenty of support.   Our in-house ASIC capability is regarded by Hanwha Systems, the parent of Hanwha Phasor, as a critical differentiator from commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) chips that will be adopted by our competitors. It is fully committed to the development of advanced ASICS in-house in the UK, which is a core element of its well-financed, five-year business plan.

Look up and lock on to a bigger future, fast

As the original disruptors in solid-state satcom-on-the-move antenna, Hanwha Phasor is rewriting the book on phased arrays. It’s one of the toughest challenges in satcom. And, so far, we are the only team to demo multi-axis capability in real world conditions.

Now we’re closing in our goal: active electronically-steered antennas (AESA) for super-fast, super-reliable connectivity—GEO, of course, but LEO, MEO and HEO too.

Our inventive combination of digital and analogue architectures enables highest performance gain for lowest power and lowest profile, while our modular approach enables configurable apertures for the full range of enterprise customers on the move – in the air, on land or at sea.

Backed by Hanwha Systems, the Korean technology giant with a growing presence in global satcom, we are attracting formidable partners: we have appointed a world-class, global manufacturing partner, and two of the world’s best FABs are working on our chips.

So, what does that mean for you? All the fast-paced opportunity you’d expect from a challenger, plus the systems, processes and investment you’d want from an established industry leader.

Technical responsibilities

Reporting to the VP of Engineering, the ASIC Engineering Director is accountable for leading and developing Hanwha Phasor’s ASIC Centre of Excellence and ensuring on-time delivery of designs to specification.  This will involve:

  • Continuous development of the ASIC team’s core competencies and technical skills in line with current and future business needs
  • Definition and application of toolsets including advanced modelling techniques to minimise technical and schedule risk
  • Implementing excellent engineering practice across processes, documentation, tools and automation including robust design development processes and methodologies
  • Acquisition and maintenance of knowledge of latest industry trends to enhance our capability and design direction
  • Definition and execution of ASIC roadmaps to ensure AESA competitiveness
  • Delivering ASIC developments to cost and schedule, collaborating with engineering teams across multiple disciplines
  • Monitoring progress and minimising risk to product schedule via a lifecycle management framework
  • Becoming Hanwha Phasor’s technical expert in ASIC beam-forming technology for phase array antenna applications

Essential qualifications and skills

  • Engineering degree in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum 15 years in RF, analogue and mixed-signal IC design (preferably Ku and/or Ka-band)
  • Minimum five years managing design teams across different disciplines and locations with track record delivering complex chips for production
  • State-of-the-art circuit design on FDSOI and BICMOS process nodes and transceiver architectures
  • Cadence Virtuoso design framework
  • Layout design and strategy review
  • ESD design and strategy overview
  • Radio system gain and noise budgeting, phase noise and intermodulation mechanisms
  • Knowledge of RFPro or EMX modelling tools
  • LNA design and RF PA

All the benefits you'd expect from an industry leader

  • Competitive salary
  • Bonus scheme
  • Contributory pension
  • Life insurance at 4X annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • 25 days' holiday (plus recognised public holidays) and holiday purchase scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Training – continuing professional development to enable our people to succeed
  • Private Medical Insurance (PMI)
  • WeCare – access to 24/7 online GP

Overseas candidates welcome, generous relocation package

  • Sponsorship available on some roles – check vacancies
  • Visa application support and advice for you and your dependants
    • Full access to immigration consultant to assist with application process
    • Visa fees paid in full for employee + up to three dependants
  • Immigration health surcharge (IHS) covered for employee and up to three dependants for the length of the visa
  • Interest-free loans for employees with no prior UK residency – to help with essential purchases on arrival
  • Ongoing advice, support group and buddy scheme with other employees who have recently moved to the UK

Cambridge Technology Centre:

Hanwha Phasor’s ASIC Centre of Excellence is based in Cambridge Science Park, comprising 150 acres/1.7 million square feet of high technology and laboratory buildings and home to some 7,000 people at over 130 companies, ranging from exciting start-ups to some of the world's leading technology businesses.

  • Attractive landscaped setting, with abundant greenery, lakes and wildlife
  • Gym, nursery, hairdressers, cafes, coffee shops and Cambridge’s famous foodPark, a collective of top-quality Cambridge-based street food traders – up to six food trucks arrive on site every Thursday, offering top-notch food year round, whatever the weather.
  • Many cycleways and bus networks, linking to the rail network, which is a 10-minute walk away. Cambridge town centre is 10 minutes by car.

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