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RF Systems Engineer I - Operations

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering, Operations
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

Life at Rocket Lab

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role

As a RF Systems Engineer I - Operations, you will work closely with RF engineers, and you will play an important role in ensuring mission operational readiness of launch vehicle TT&C systems and associated ground stations. The RF Systems Engineer I – Operations supports the definition of the mission TT&C plan and space to ground ICDs, communicates mission TT&C requirements to GNC and FSW teams, and verifies the operational readiness of TT&C systems.

Essential Skills

  • Bachelors degree or diploma in Engineering, majoring in electronics/communications/RF (or an equivalent qualification).
  • Proficiency at data processing and analysis using Python or Matlab.
  • An understanding of RF communications system fundamentals and the ability to perform basic RF analysis. 
  • Experience integrating and testing RF communications system and components and operating RF test equipment including VNAs and spectrum analysers.
  • Experience applying best practice systems engineering process and developing associated documentation such as requirements specifications, design documents and/or test plans.
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships.

Desirable Skills

  • Practical experience with radio communications systems.
  • A general understanding of modulation and coding techniques.
  • Familiarity with system level RF analysis applied to ground stations and satellite/spacecraft, including link budget analysis.

Rocket Lab employee benefits:

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and groundbreaking technology.
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career.
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit and snacks.
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross.
  • Additional parental leave entitlements.
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year.
  • An employee stock purchase program.

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab 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.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations. 

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.  For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.


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