Digital Payload System Architect

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC/Remote
Added: February 9, 2024
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Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth. Today, we're leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.

We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond. And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.

Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy? We would love to hear from you!

We’re on the hunt for a Digital Payload System Architect on our Satellite systems team at our Montreal office.

As the leading global independent commercial supplier of antennas, payloads, and electronics for communication and radar satellites, our team has successfully contributed to hundreds of missions in the past 60 years. With an extensive heritage in a wide range of solutions delivered to customers globally, our Satellite Systems team continues to grow and evolve on the ground and in the stars.

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.


Work includes proposal and program efforts, front-end design, detailed analyses and development, digital channelize and on board processing design specification, evaluation of Payload throughput and link budgets for multi-beam systems, integration and testing of the end product.


The Telecommunication payload Systems Engineer is responsible for design, analysis, implementation, optimization and enhancement of end-to-end communication digital payload systems and/or subsystem elements related to the system architecture.

  • Support/lead technical projects and end-to-end telecommunications systems engineering activities via satellite providing flexibility in terms of connectivity and capacity.
  • Support the design of communication satellite Payloads from conventional RF bent pipe payloads to digital on board processing payloads (transparent or regenerative).
  • Generate/support system requirements definition and subsystem specifications for RF and digital equipment, including the following: Digital channel processor specifications, Direct Radiating Array (DRA) Phased Antenna with analog or digital Beam forming, High capacity multiple spot beam systems, Flexible payload including Multi-Port Amplifier
  • Perform requirement analysis and system trade studies.
  • Perform link and performance budget calculations and evaluate satellite throughput.
  • Generate and supervise methods, standards, plans, and procedures for systems engineering tools and systems tests for payload with digital channel processing.
  • Support design reviews

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Physics or equivalent.
  • This position requires a minimum of 4 to 8 years of experience in digital equipment, signal processing and Networking (i.e. DTN, MPLS, routing protocols & Class of Service, DVB), the knowledge of 5G NTN, RF and system payload design will be considered favorably.
  • Knowledge of simulation tools (Matlab, Simulink, UML, STK, etc.) and operating systems (Linux, etc..)
  • Knowledge of software development with Agile method
  • Knowledge of the Architectures and operation of SDR (Software Defined Radio)
  • Demonstrated experience in leading multi-disciplinary engineering teams is desired.
  • Excellent communication, technical writing, and oral presentation skills.
  • English required, French fluency would be an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong work ethic and self-motivation.
  • Strong analytic, technical and problem solving skills.
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident is preferred


Comments/Special Considerations

Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

Benefits Statement

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Equal Opportunity Statement

MDA Ltd. is proud to provide accommodation(s) during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodations, please indicate this on your application/cover letter and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.