RF & Microwave Engineer

CSA Catapult Bristol United Kingdom RF & Microwave
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Company Description

Do you relish the challenge being part of a growing business, a team, an industry, and seeing the energy you help generate? Are you at your best when contributing to a range of projects and collaborating across teams to solve the problems of the future?

Within CSA Catapult we look beyond the status quo. We look to employ people based on ability and attitude; we measure what you deliver and how you do it. We encourage collaboration in everything we do as we value the diversity of thought that we each bring to every challenge.

Who are we? The next wave of emerging technologies will have an enormous impact on our lives.

5G communications will enable a host of new and exciting applications such as connected autonomous vehicles and multimedia services. Increasing demand for clean energy will require new electricity networks, while advanced sensing will open-up new opportunities for health diagnostics and security. These developments will be underpinned by Compound Semiconductor (CS) technologies.

We are a Not for Profit organisation; here to help the UK economy grow, and we work across the UK with a range of industry sectors from automotive to medical, and from digital communications to aerospace. Through employing leading minds and investing in technology, we help bridge the gap between idea and implementation by removing the barriers often faced by SMEs.

CSA Catapult is committed to supporting and upholding diversity, equality, and inclusion in everything we do. A commitment to embrace and advocate for inclusion is an essential part of all roles.


The successful RF & Microwave Engineer will have design and test responsibility for an RF Module (from die/wafer level upwards and includes some sub-system understanding. The role requires experience of RF/PA Design and measurements and must include some or all of the following (depending on seniority/experience):

  • Work as part of the technical team to deliver internal and external work-packages and projects.
  • Provide detailed technical documentation for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Adhere to work specifications.
  • Attend and contribute to project and design reviews
  • Interact with the other engineering functions of Power electronics, Optical and advanced packaging to deliver cross functional work-packages and projects.


Multi-Site role

  • We have a new Telecoms Hub in the Bristol & Bath Science Park which would be the main place of work for this position but there would be some need to travel to Newport, to use some lab equipment and meet the team.

The successful candidate should have a background in at least one of the following areas:

  • Semiconductor Device Physics and/or Modelling
  • MMIC Design/RF IC design
  • Antenna design and measurement
  • RF/ Microwave systems engineering

As well as the above, you should have:

  • General RF design & test experience
  • Load Pull measurement and data analysis.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new skills/techniques.
  • Technical report writing
  • Ability to plan and organise tasks to meet deliverables according to project schedules
  • Research and Development Skills. Be comfortable working with academics and industry partners
  • Degree in relevant science, engineering or related discipline to good Honours level is essential.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to quickly understand complex issues and to propose solutions.
  • Excellent team working skills with the ability to work collaboratively and co-operatively with colleagues.
  • Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to ensure effective communication with a wide range of technical stakeholders.

Behaviours and attributes

  • Enthusiasm, drive, and commitment.
  • Able to translate technical jargon and processes into something accessible.
  • A team player; understanding that the value you bring is more than the sum of a job description. Able to bring people together both inside and outside a business to share a common goal.
  • Tenacious and versatile; you’re excited at the idea of multiple projects.
  • Mobile; collaborating will mean getting out of the office from time to time, though overnighting is likely very minimal.

Other information

  • Up to £49,500 salary (FTE)
  • A non-contractual bonus scheme to allow everyone to share in our success
  • Life Assurance – 4 times your annual salary
  • Scottish Widows pension scheme – you put in 5% and we’ll put in 10%
  • 28 days leave in addition to 8 bank holidays
  • 37.5 hour full time working week
  • A generous private medical insurance scheme for you and your family
  • A cashback scheme for your eye tests and dental treatment
  • Payment for a professional membership each year
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Flexible working – we operate core hours of 10-4. The balance of your hours can be worked around what works for you
  • Electric Vehicle and Cycle to work schemes