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Interoperable, ultra-low profile, high-gain satcom on the move


RFIC Characterisation Engineer

We have an exciting opportunity within our ASIC test characterisation team to drive test solutions for next generation beamformer ICs for SATCOM applications. As a successful candidate, you will have recent experience of performing laboratory-based RF testing and a strong lab-based test engineering knowledge. The role will require you to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, and individuals of different skills, experience, and cultural backgrounds.

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

  • Participate in the product development cycle and actively drive design test features
  • Devise test plans and exercise test strategies to support device bring up
  • Implement test automation and own characterisation activities
  • Generate necessary technical documentations, user manuals and user guides
  • Maintain a professional awareness of industry standards and technical development
  • Summaries and create performance reports along with necessary technical documentation
  • Feedback test results to RF IC design, Package design, Antenna design teams
  • Take part in test board developments and prototyping

Organisational responsibilities

  • Ongoing development of core competencies & technical skills
  • Attention to detail and a result driven approach
  • Receptive and agile to the project needs
  • Good estimation of timescales for projects & sub tasks
  • Follow good engineering practices including processes, documentation, tools & automation.
  • Identify risks, flag issues in a timely manner so project milestones remain on schedule

Essential qualifications and skills

  • An Engineering degree in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of RF circuit design and radio system architectures
  • Familiarity with RF characterisation/test equipment.
  • Competence in major test program languages such as Python, MATLAB, VHDL or Verilog
  • Ability to work and interact with engineering teams across multiple disciplines
  • Able to take responsibility for test activities and deliver to tight timescales
  • Excellent planning & organisational skills along with good verbal and written communication skills


  • Prior experience in IC test development (RF/Analog and/or Digital) and automation
  • Understanding of RF circuits, Radio systems, gain, noise, phase noise, intermodulation, and S-parameters.
  • FPGA design for test verification and automation
  • Familiarity with Altium, understanding of PCB schematic and layout
  • Cadence Virtuoso Design Framework Experience
  • Understanding of different communication protocols

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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