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Lead PCB Layout Engineer

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Isotropic Systems

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As part of its progression into the next phase of the company’s strategic growth plan, Isotropic Systems is seeking an industry expert in all aspects of millimeter wave printed circuit board design and packaging. Reporting into the Chief Architect and working closely with the electronic and mechanical design teams, the position is responsible for ensuring best-in-class design approaches are utilized to maintain RF signal integrity according the system requirements while meeting manufacturability and cost metrics. The Senior RF PCB Design Engineer will serve as the internal expert and design resource in microwave/millimeter wave design and packaging approaches. This person will be the design authority on each PCB manufactured by Isotropic Systems both internally and externally through contract manufactures.

This pivotal role requires extensive experience in high frequency design (Ku/K/Ka Band) with demonstrated success in previous product developments and releases. The role requires a high level of both detailed analog/digital design experience as well as 3D electromagnetic modelling to prove out candidate designs and reduce manufacturing risk and increase yield. The candidate will have demonstrated experience in dense RF multi-layer PCB design and circuit layout with interfaces that are low-loss and robust. Design for manufacturing is a key aspect of this role.


  • Serve as internal design resource for all high frequency analog and digital designs.
  • Serve as design authority and Subject Matter Expert for all printed circuit boards with high frequency analog or digital content.
  • Implement design best practices as required and mentor other engineers.
  • Design and optimize complex high frequency analog circuits.
  • Test and troubleshooting of high frequency analog circuits.
  • Provide specifications and interface with PCB suppliers and contract manufactures.
  • Provide source selection expertise for high frequency electronic components.


  • +15 years deep experience in analog signal design and packaging approaches for advanced communication and antenna array systems in millimeter wave spectrum.
  • Extensive experience in 3D full wave electromagnetic modelling and simulation, ideally HFSS.
  • Extensive experience using PCB layout tools, ideally Altium.
  • Experience in design of high frequency satellite communication systems.
  • Significant experience with antennas, antenna arrays and RF IC systems.
  • Advanced problem solving skills with ability to prioritize efforts to achieve quick results
  • Experience transitioning electronic products to contract manufactures
  • Experience with PCB and SMD assembly manufacturing processes
  • Experience in technical performance trade-offs with cost and manufacturability
  • Proven track record in solving difficult design problems
  • Thorough understanding of the trades inherent in designing for high volume PCB manufacturing including materials and process selection.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, vector signal analyzers, vector signal generator, network analyzers.

Other Requirements

  • Technically proficient in MS Office products.
  • Ability to travel on request, sometimes for extended periods.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation and with customers and suppliers
  • Excellent communication skills - written and verbal. Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to effectively present information in team meetings and design reviews as needed
  • MSEE or equivalent


Isotropic Systems is a pre-revenue start-up, working on cutting edge technology in the satellite communications industry. There's a lot of hard work (and sometimes long hours) involved to get the job done. You'll do really well here if you have a great work ethic, are passionate about delivering innovation and want to be part of something truly groundbreaking.

We offer a highly competitive compensation package (salary, bonus and equity) and a culture that recognises and rewards your contributions. We operate out of serviced offices in Central Reading (less than a 5 minute walk from the station) and are growing fast, doubling our headcount in the last 6 months with more to come. We are passionate, respectful, creative, bold and have high integrity. We are Isotropic!

Isotropic embraces diversity and inclusion! We celebrate it, we actively seek it out, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our product and our community. Isotropic is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

Please note that Isotropic Systems Limited operates a strict PSL and to be fair to our suppliers we do not operate outside of this. We do not accept speculative CV’s from agencies and they will not constitute an introduction.

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