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Principal RF Engineer - Antennas Team Lead

Company: Cobham
Location: Concord
Posted on: September 9, 2021

Job Description:


Cobham SATCOM in Concord California is seeking a Principal RF Engineer to design and develop reflector based antenna optics, waveguide feed components (Horns, OMTs, Diplexers…) and radomes for satellite communication terminals and gateways in the 2 to 40 GHz range. Operate and manage the state of the art RF Near Field scanner. Support customer and regulatory agency qualification testing. Troubleshoot RF issues for production and quality control teams. Opportunity to develop RF R&D capabilities thru sponsored development courses and mentorship.


  • Design and optimize waveguide feed components such as horns, OMTs and diplexers using simulation tools such as CST’s Microwave Studio and WaspNet
  • Perform antenna radiation pattern measurements using Near Field Scanner.
  • Perform S-parameter measurements of feed components and radome samples using network analyzer. 
  • Process test data and create presentation material for formal design reviews.
  • Troubleshoot issues by comparing measured and simulated data.
  • Works on continuous improvement of product quality



  • BS in Electrical Engineering or Physics
  • 5+ years of experience as an RF R&D Engineer or MS in Electrical Engineering
  • 2+ years of experience as an RF R&D Engineer
  • Solid understanding of electromagnetics and antenna physics
  • 2+ years of experience with one of the following software design tools: HFSS, CST, GRASP, WaspNET, FEKO or XFDTD
  • 2+ years of experience with RF lab equipment including: VNAs, spectrum analyzers and signal generators.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of Antenna design experience
  • 2+ years of Antenna testing experience
  • Waveguide based component design experience
  • Matlab, VB or LabView experience

Cobham SATCOM's values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us from our launch in 1934 by Sir Alan Cobham, an aviation innovator, to becoming a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. And it’s the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you.


Cobham SATCOM is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham SATCOM to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.


Cobham SATCOM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population.  It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.






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