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


Senior IC Test Development Engineer

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Engineer up to senior level to complement the existing design team playing a significant part in the product development of a novel phased array antenna system. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic London-based technology company developing and delivering complex and innovative products into the aerospace, maritime and land mobile industries.

As a member of the hardware development team, your primary role will be to help develop, verify and maintain/upgrade test and screening solutions for Hanwha Phasor’s next generation custom RFICs being developed for Phased Array Antenna products. The role requires a self-motivated engineer who has a strong background and experience in the testing of digital, analogue and RF parts. The role may also include supporting the hardware team with design verification testing of both new silicon and RFIC Test boards including PCB commissioning and debug.

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

As a member of the hardware development team, the Senior IC Test Development Engineer will be responsible for developing test solutions to production screen Hanwha Phasor’s RFICs to ensure that they meet the design specifications and quality requirements for Hanwha-Phasors’ Phased Array Antenna products. Specifically:

  • To work within the ASIC & Hardware test and design teams to develop screening and test solutions for Hanwha Phasor’s in-house designed custom Ku-Band/Ka-Band RF ASICs.
  • To develop and improve test platforms to screen new silicon to ensure the ASIC meets its design specifications, testing the device digital functionality and RF circuits which includes LNAs and PAs up to 15GHz.
  • To configure and commission the test platforms for new silicon reviewing screening thresholds against the new part performance and yields. Where it does not perform as expected to feedback any issues to the design teams.
  • To develop additional screening tests for current and future silicon parts.
  • Work closely with the ASIC, hardware and software design teams to ensure effective support of the development programme.
  • Designing and documenting test requirements, plans and procedures, test results and equipment setups.
  • To help transition the screening platforms into volume production working with the manufacturing team and external suppliers.
  • The role may also include supporting the hardware team with design verification & testing of new board assemblies and production test methodologies.

Organisational responsibilities

  • Take responsibility for own projects and delivery to tight timescales, communicating through plans, presentations and written reports.
  • The role will be based at the company’s London office.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver on-time and build good working relationships with cross-functional team members and external departments.
  • Excellent communication skills and team working. Self-starter, creative. Flexible can-do attitude.
  • Strongly self-motivated and able to take responsibility of problems and find effective solutions.
  • Ability to work independently and take responsibility to go and deliver effective test solutions.
  • Ability to work with and influence the design teams to include design for test and manufacture ideas.

Essential qualifications and skills

  • Educated to degree or HND level in a relevant subject area such as Electronics/Electrical Engineering from a leading University.
  • 3-6  years’ or more experience in a relevant industry job working on developing RFIC test solutions in the telecoms or data communications industry.
  • Experience with volume production test solutions for RF semiconductor devices at package and die level in CMOS or SiGe technologies.
  • Experience with National Instruments and Keysight Labview and TestStand applications and test equipment.
  • Understanding of IC production level qualification and process screening.
  • A solid understanding of RF measurements and semiconductor device validation and characterisation.
  • Strong programming and fault-finding skills for developing and debugging test programs.
  • Competent with common piece of Lab Equipment – such as oscilloscopes, DVMs, RF power meter, spectrum analyser, VNAs, RF signal generators, Spectrum Analysers etc.).
  • Ability to capture requirements and translate them into written specifications.


Experience in:

  • Analytical skills for development and debug of hardware and software when developing test solutions.
  • Experience of schematic capture and PCB layout tools such as Altium designer or similar for development of new test boards.
  • Good practical skills in electronics, soldering and mechanical assembly skills.
  • In depth knowledge of Semiconductor Manufacturing Process.
  • Expertise in Semiconductor Test Methodologies.
  • Experience in digital test methodologies such as scan design and using scan vectors in a Labview environment.
  • Understanding/Experience of advanced IC packaging techniques.
  • Experience with wafer ATE test platforms such as: Advantest-93k, Teradyne-uFlex. Development of ATE solutions is a plus.
  • Experience of test equipment solutions for either Automotive or Aerospace devices.
  • Experience working with external resources and suppliers.

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

London Technology Centre:

  • Based in modern, open-plan offices in the vibrant area of Hatton Garden, with great views of the City of London from several spacious balconies with outdoor seating.
  • Excellent transport connections: Farringdon, City Thameslink and Kings Cross St Pancras overground stations within walking distance; Chancery Lane and Farringdon tube stations within a five-minute walk.
  • Showers, cycle racks, lockers and a coffee shop on site. Workspace networking and social events throughout the year.
  • With the City, Covent Garden and Embankment close by, there's plenty to do at lunchtimes and after work.
  • Leather Lane street food market is right on our doorstep, with the usual chains close by.

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