Senior RF Design Engineer - CO

Capella Space
Louisville, CO
Added: February 9, 2024
Capella Space stands at the forefront of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) Earth observation intelligence and advanced satellite technologies. We provide customers in governments, academia, and commercial sectors with reliable information that enables unparalleled understanding of the world. Our mission is centered on delivering timely and reliable Earth imagery, supporting diverse applications in defense & intelligence, disaster response, energy, environmental monitoring and more. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, Capella Space designs, manufactures and operates an advanced constellation of SAR imaging satellites. Our market-leading SAR satellites are complemented by an unmatched data infrastructure and automated ordering and delivery platform for fast, reliable insights where and when customers need it most.

Recognized for our technological prowess, Capella Space was honored as one of the 10 most innovative companies in Space in 2023 by FASTCOMPANY. Capella Space is an internationally trusted Earth Observation data provider, working closely with the U.S. Space Systems Command, U.S. Space Force, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, the Canadian Government and more to make unclassified, high-resolution SAR data more accessible.

About the Role

Capella is currently seeking a Senior RF Design Engineer to join our RF Systems team. In this role, you will be responsible for the planning, design, and characterization of microwave systems for space. As an integral part of our growing engineering team, you will be collaborating cross-functionally with electrical, software, mechanical, and spacecraft operations teams.

Role Responsibilities

  • RF subsystem R&D (amplifiers, frequency converters, receivers, etc.
  • RF system modeling & simulation
  • Link budget analysis
  • Participate in RF system architecture trade studies
  • Support PCB design & layout
  • Support commissioning of new spacecraft and ground stations


  • BSEE + 7 years related experience, or MSEE + 5 years related experience
  • Knowledge of various RF system architectures
  • Knowledge of component impairments and their effects
  • Understanding of antenna properties and types
  • Experience with simulation software such as MWO, VSS, ADS, SystemVue, etc.
  • Familiarity with signal processing and plotting in Python and/or Matlab
  • Strong verbal and visual communication skills
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Capella Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Preferred Skills

  • In-depth knowledge in at least one of the following areas:
    • Antenna systems
    • High power RF electronics
    • Software defined radios
    • Communications link analysis
  • Space systems-specific design experience
  • Experience with Altium Designer

The annual salary range for this role as it is posted is $140,300 - $185,930. The final job level and annual salary will be determined based on the education, qualification, knowledge, skills, ability, and experience of the final candidate(s), specific office location and calibrated against relevant market data and internal team equity. Benefits listed in this posting may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Capella Space.


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative, collaborative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

  • We offer up to 100% paid medical coverage, with robust vision and dental plans. Looking for more? We offer comprehensive flexible spending accounts, along with supplemental health plans
  • Equity
  • 401K Plan to invest in your long-term retirement planning
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Flexible Paid Time Off Policy
  • Commuter & Parking Benefits
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Monthly phone stipend
  • Daily provided lunches and stocked kitchens.
  • Furry friends? We've got you covered with dog-friendly work environment & them with pet insurance options

Equal Opportunity Statement

Capella Space is an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, and upholding equitable hiring practices.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the CA Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. We actively encourage members of recognized minorities, women, Veterans, and those with disabilities to apply, and we work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all applicants throughout the interview process. If you need assistance or require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify

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