Senior Communications Systems Engineer

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Denver, CO, United States

Posted on: 2024-03-26

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



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About the company:

Albedo is developing low-flying satellites that will capture visible and thermal imagery at the highest resolution commercially available. By making aerial quality imagery globally available, easy to purchase, and transparent to task, we aim to catalyze market growth and spur new applications.  

The world is rapidly changing and a new level of visibility and transparency is required to solve some of our largest problems. Albedo’s 10cm visible and 2m thermal imagery will fuel insights for industries such as mapping, insurance, utilities, solar, agriculture, carbon offsets, infrastructure sustainability, national security, and much more.

Satellite imagery is a historically-scarce resource, whose adoption has been slowed by an unbalanced relationship between price and resolution. In theory, frequent, ultra-high-resolution imagery of Earth has near-infinite applications; in reality, only a sliver of that potential has been realized.

Albedo aims to be the catalyst in unlocking satellite imagery’s latent potential, hoping to expand current applications and propel the discovery of new use cases. Whether our imagery is being used to reduce wildfire risk, assess the environmental impact of global forestry, contribute to timely 3D reconstructions of urban areas, or monitor carbon emissions from industrial power plants, our mission is to get better data into the hands of decision-makers fast. We’re modernizing how satellite imagery is used by providing near real-time access to our ultra-high resolution data.

What We’re Up To: Albedo is developing a novel approach to the earth observation industry, both in space and with our business model. We are intentionally doing things differently by taking (calculated) risks, trying new things, and moving with speed. Our team believes satellite imagery is a valuable resource that should be made accessible, in every sense of the word. We are committed to our customers, ensuring that what we’re building is what they want. We are playing at the edges of how traditional New Space technologies have been approached, and we want to shake up the industry as it stands today.

Who We’re Looking For: Albedo is launching next-generation, ultra-high-resolution imaging satellites to service a global audience through a modern, cloud-based product interface. In order to achieve this goal, we are looking for a team of people who are both passionate about our mission and are willing to put in the work to design, develop, and test an innovative earth observation concept in the commercial industry. The times ahead will be set in a fast-paced, often uncertain environment, but if you are hard-working, kind, and team-oriented, you can expect a rewarding and purposeful experience.

Albedo does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our careers email or to Albedo employees. Albedo is not responsible for any fees or overhead related to unsolicited resumes.

Full-Time On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site full-time. Travel to other possible non-Albedo locations may be required.

Relocation: Relocation for this position is available

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor.



Additional Requirements: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. All persons hired will be required to be a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Albedo is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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What You'll Do

  • Update and refine link budgets for all system communication links
  • Lead procurement and delivery of communications equipment from our suppliers, leading issue resolution, providing guidance, and performing analysis as needed
  • Field real-time emulation of Radio-to-Ground, Ground-to-Radio software interfaces in support of testbed integration of communications equipment, and vehicle testing
  • Identify and communicate technical, cost, and schedule risks and issues for communication systems and subsystems, proactively driving execution for all communications-related scope in-house and at suppliers
  • Continuously collaborate with the engineering team to address mechanical, software, thermal, and power interfaces and needs
  • Drive maturation of the communications aspects of the CONOPS and Design Reference Mission
  • Support procurement and instantiation of cloud-based software-defined radio modulation and demodulation services
  • Travel as needed to supplier locations and interface with vendors as the technical representative and subcontracts manager
  • Support other aspects of the system development effort as time, interest, and expertise allow
  • Your Ideal Skills and Experience

  • Expertise in X-band Gbps-class microsatellite-sized communications systems, modulations, and challenges
  • Familiarity with software-defined radios
  • Experience with DVB-S2 modulations and developing RF link budgets and data throughput analysis
  • Experience in defining and leading an RF testing campaign for a satellite system
  • Delivering within a cost- and schedule-constrained effort
  • Familiarity with analog and RF circuit design from baseband through X-band
  • Familiarity with standard physical layers for digital communication (UART, SPI, LVDS, Ethernet)Familiarity with AES encryption and decryption
  • Knowledge of test equipment design, testing, or operation
  • Knowledge of testing activities such as thermal, vibration, and EMI testing
  • B.S. or greater in relevant engineering or physics discipline plus at least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Nice To Have

  • 3+ years of prior relevant experience in Electrical or Computer Engineering
  • Integrating with and debugging operations with Ground Station as a Service provider(s)
  • Familiarity with analyzing bit error rates and the selection and sizing of EDAC/FEC
  • Experience supporting the resolution of FCC or ITU license issues
  • Experience in developing Python-based test harnesses for testing communication hardware in a lab or testbed environment
  • Working knowledge of modern FPGA architectures and external interfaces, including high-speed converters, DDR RAM, Solid State NAND and NOR-based storage, timing analyses
  • Compensation and Benefits

  • Employee friendly equity compensation
  • Remote-friendly, asynchronous culture with flexible working hours
  • 4% direct matching 401k
  • Insurance: Medical, Vision, Dental, Mental Health
  • Parental leave and childcare coverage
  • Relocation bonus for moving to our Denver, CO HQ
  • 20 paid vacation days, yours from day one
  • 10 company holidays and flexible sick days
  • $100 monthly wellness benefit
  • Company and team retreats to build relationships in-person
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