RF Test Engineer - AI&T

San Francisco, CA /
Production & Manufacturing – Assembly, Integration, & Test (AI&T) /
Astranis is connecting the four billion people in the world who do not currently have access to the internet. We are building the next generation of smaller, lower-cost spacecraft to bring the world online.

We are well-funded by some of the best investors in the business and have raised over $350 million to date. We have a world-class team that is passionate about building amazing technology. And we have a fun and collaborative work environment where you will learn a lot and make a huge impact no matter where you are in your career. Just check out our Glassdoor reviews to see what our team has to say about working at Astranis.

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RF Test Engineer (AI&T)

As an RF Test Engineer on the AI&T team, you will be responsible for the end-to-end testing of the custom payload radio on our spacecraft by utilizing your knowledge of RF and digital communications. By working with the rest of the team, you will integrate the payload with the rest of the satellite and guarantee success on orbit.


    • Development, execution, and documentation of RF payload testing and system-level verification.
    • Characterize and calibrate the performance of integrated radio system (gain, nonlinearity, noise, emissions compliance, EVM, BER, etc)
    • Develop and maintain software in Python for interfacing with test instruments, units under test, and results processing
    • Evaluate non-conformances to determine root cause, create actionable items, and system improvements.
    • Interface with engineers from many disciplines to optimize proposed designs for integration, testing, and manufacturability.
    • Specify and drive creation of representative hardware-in-the-loop test systems or system simulators to support software development and system verification and validation.
    • Assist in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring additional teammates to our rapidly-growing team.


    • Bachelor of Science degree in EE, CS (or equivalent background knowledge)
    • Experience with Python (or other high-level scripting languages)
    • Experience taking measurements on RF and mixed signal devices with standard test equipment (network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, etc)
    • Experience with debugging circuits with embedded software, from oscilloscope to scripting
    • Don't meet them all? Not a problem. Please apply even if you do not meet all these criteria.


    • 2+ years of experience testing communications or RF systems
    • Experience with test automation
    • Strong grasp of digital communications concepts
    • Experience designing PCBs using Altium or similar
    • Familiarity with test and qualification of RF hardware for space

U.S. Citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residency, or Refugee/Asylee Status Required
(To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States, or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3))
Our mission and our products are meant to connect the world and everyone in it, regardless of gender, race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.