5G/6G System Engineer


Direct Entry Job Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 21 Oct 2021

Job Description


The 5G/6GNetwork Systems Engineer will join the 5G/6G Strategic Programme to work on exciting national and international 5G/6G collaborative projects involving diverse stakeholders including  user terminal, non-space industry, for example automotive/energy/logistics, terrestrial network, and commercial satellite operators. This role includes working within the 5G/6G Strategic Programme team to operate, evolve and support our 5G/6G hub located on the Harwell Campus, a world- class centre dedicated to the integration of satellite and 5G/6G systems. The Centre works in partnership with some of the world’s leading organisations, and infrastructure and tool providers. You will be responsible for managing projects and delivering key technical solutions within the collaborative projects, which typically includes development, delivery and operation of the end-to-end architecture. You will become a champion for the Centre and develop extensive knowledge of future networks and seamlessly integrated satellite and terrestrial networks.


  • Assessing business, technological and operational requirements applicable to 5G/6G satcom networks and beyond (space and ground segments) and their integration with terrestrial wired and wireless networks in an end-to-end system context;
  • Providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and general studies in 5G/6G system engineering for integration of terrestrial and satellite systems;
  • Contributing to the definition of technology development requirements and work plans for the Agency’s 5G and 6G programmes;
  • Assessing requirements, exploring partnerships and reaching out to satellite and terrestrial stakeholders to promote satellite integration in 5G;
  • Initiating and managing activities related to 5G/6G and satellite integration;
  • Managing technical suppliers with regard to the installation, testing and acceptance of the 5G/6G hub elements;
  • Planning, implementing and executing end-to-end tests across a range of satellite and 5G/6G connectivity scenarios;
  • Managing technical demonstrations for a range of audiences;
  • Facilitating the testing and validation activities of third-party applications and services using the 5G/6G hub;
  • Devising tests and test plans as well as performing tests and data analysis on new and existing products;
  • Working on test concepts from planning through to commissioning of new test equipment;
  • Providing accurate, detailed written test reporting, including documenting of test processes;
  • Collaborating with the engineering team throughout the project cycle to achieve the required outcomes;
  • Participating in product specification.

Person Specification


Technical competencies

  • Proficiency of mobile network architecture e.g. Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Radio Access Networks (RAN) and associated ancillary services e.g. IMS
  • Experience of 4G/5G core architectures and mobile networks protocols
  • Knowledge of 5G RAN and O-RAN/vRAN/cloudRANVirtualisation and cloud platforms (e.g. Openstack/kvm and docker/Kubernetes)
  • Experience of MEC, 
  • Networking L2/L3,
  •  Software Defined Networks (SDN)

Behavioural competencies

  • Result Orientation
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Fostering Cooperation
  • Relationship Management
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Forward Thinking


A Master’s degree or a PhD in networking and data communication, telecommunications systems or a similar discipline is required for this post.