Leonardo is seeking a communications systems engineer with expertise in physical (PHY) and network layer simulation for the development of aircraft RF communication datalinks. Initially the role will be focussed on the waveform and network simulation models for a avionic Inter Vehicle Datalink (IVDL); with opportunities to contribute other communications projects (such as SATCOM datalinks and demonstrator construction), and to provide technical support throughout the product lifecycle including design implementation, integration and test, customer demonstrations and trials.
The IVDL Simulation Engineer will be part of the Leonardo systems engineering team developing the IVDL solution; interacting with partner organisations / sub-contractors and potential customers.
Key Responsibility Areas
The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of the simulation model for the IVDL waveform and network architecture; providing support to the systems engineering team across a range of technical disciplines such as RF integration, antennas, signal processing, waveforms and network engineering.
Key responsibilities:Definition of simulation models for IVDL Waveform and Network Architecture (OSI Layers 1 to 3).Technical analysis and modelling of IVDL performance, including link budgets.Technical documentation of IVDL model and performance.Contribute to system lifecycle milestone reviews.Perform technology surveys and prepare roadmaps for future solutions.Perform feasibility studies on potential solutions.Development of close relationships with key internal and external partner organisations, sub-contractors and key stakeholders.
Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required
EssentialGraduate degree in relevant engineering or related scientific discipline.Knowledge RF communication systems at the Physical, Network, Transport Layers.Experience of technical analysis of RF communication system performance.Experience in modelling and simulation of RF communication systems.Knowledge of Mathematical modelling language (ideally MATLAB).Production of detailed technical reports.Excellent verbal and written communication skills.Ability to obtain SC clearance; UK-eyes only caveat.
DesirableKnowledge of current commercial and military communications systems.Simulation of RF Communication Systems using SIMULINK.System modelling using AGI System Tool Kit (STK).Construction of waveform demonstrators using Software Defined Radios.System modelling of directional antenna technologies.Knowledge of Mesh Networks.Network modelling tools (Riverbed OPNET, NS-3).Knowledge of Electronic Warfare Systems.Knowledge of Communication Security (COMSEC) architectures.Evidence of further study in communication system engineering (Postgraduate degree).Membership of relevant engineering professional organisation.Presentation of technical papers at conferences / training events.
This is an office-based role using display screen equipment; working full time hours which can often be in a demanding environment, with occasional travel throughout the UK and abroad.