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MDA: Synthetic Aperture Radar (Sar) Payload System Specialist


This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted July 15, 2021.

For those who dream of advancing our space in the Universe and on Earth, we’ll take you there.Serving the world from our Canadian home and our global offices, MDA is an international space mission partner and robotics & space operations, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 50-year story of firsts on and above the Earth.

Today, we’re leading the charge towards viable Moon colonies, enhanced Earth observation, communication in a hyper-connected world, and more.We’re fueled by a pioneering spirit that carries us beyond.

And together we enable highly skilled people to continually push boundaries and tackle big challenges requiring solutions that endure and inspire.Are you ready to launch the next stage of your career in the new space economy?

We would love to hear from youWe’re on the hunt for a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Payload System Specialist on our Satellite systems team at our Montreal office.

As the leading global independent commercial supplier of antennas, payloads, and electronics for communication and radar satellites, our team has successfully contributed to hundreds of missions in the past 60 years.

With an extensive heritage in a wide range of solutions delivered to customers globally, our Satellite Systems team continues to grow and evolve on the ground and in the stars.We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth.

If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it.

An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.The Payload SAR Systems candidate provides design expertise at the system / subsystem level, concept development, architectural design, requirements generation and flow down, interface definition, modelling and simulation, systems analysis, systems integration, test & verification, ensuring requirements are defined and met according to customer specifications for remote sensing instrument and Earth Observation SAR Instruments.To define and support SAR Payload architecture definition in response to customer requirements and/or operational stakeholder needs.

Participates in proposals, R& D and study associated with remote sensing development activities.Job / FunctionsDepending on the job function, the Payload SAR Systems candidate will perform some subset of the following depending on the background and experience of the candidate.The candidate must be familiar Remote Sensing Payload instruments and associated subsystems including antenna, RF and digital equipment.To define SAR Payload architecture in response to customer requirements and/or operational stakeholder needs.To generate engineering documentations: radar payloads requirements, statement of compliance, budgets, to define the functional and performance of the instrument, to perform requirements flow down, verification and validation matrix, design description, systems budgets, equipment specifications, test requirements, RFD/RFW.To generate the SAR payloads budgets including but not limited to: RF budget, DC Power budget, Mass budget, Link budget, Calibration, Image quality, CMD and TLMTo define performance models for SAR Instruments based on advanced architectural features and operating in various space acquisition geometries, including side-looking, squint-looking, forward-looking.To define and support the development of software tools for computing performance parameters of SAR Instruments (e.G.

resolution, swath width, ambiguity, resolution, accuracy, among others).Write engineering documentations: system requirements, SOC, verification and validation matrix, design description, systems budgets, EMC, equipment specifications, test requirements, RFD/RFW.To define and support the development of models and software tools for simulating SAR Instrument functionalities such as antenna beam models for active phased array SAR antennas, data compression algorithms.Perform system worst case analysis, inputs and support to program reviews: SRR, PDR, CDR.System assembly Integration and Test.

Attend test reviews: TRR, TRB, DRB, and NCR’s.Support Systems testing: EGSE, Test supervision, data analysis.Support higher level integration and tests at customer or Satellite Bus facility.Technical monitoring of major subcontractors.Write up Operations Manual.Participate in design reviews, test readiness reviews, system tests, element/system level verification activities and system certificationAnalyze, define and trace system requirements and recommend performance measuresLead the design of electronic systems including: Definition of operational use cases, Definition of system use case, Development of logical and physical architectures, Specify interface exchange requirements and develop interface control documents, Develop Functional block diagrams & cable diagrams and connection diagrams, Define Traceability to system requirements.Lead the technical aspects of the competitive procurement process: Provide technical input to the RFP package, analysis and evaluation of RFP responses from suppliers, supplier management including scope, and compliance of the supplied technical solution, produce and manage an engineering bill of materials, integration of procured systems in a multi-disciplinary environmentAssist in the verification and validation of electronic systemsAssist in risk management and risk mitigation strategiesAssist in obtaining stakeholder agreement about changes to and management of the system requirementsRecommend electronic system solution designs that are innovative, scalable, and adaptiveLead the integration of electronic systems in a multi-disciplinary environmentLead the development of Interface Control Documents (ICDs) between componentsDevelop currency in electronic system best practices, methodologies, initiatives and advancements Required :Master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering, Remote Sensing Engineering, Electronics Engineering or equivalent experience in SAR Payload development (X or C or L band) 5 to 10 years.Experience in the following areas: system analysis, architecture, requirements development, design, or modeling and simulation.Good knowledge of Space Mission Design & Analysis, knowledge of satellite lifecycle and System Engineering methods and tools.Knowledge of SAR Instrument and associated SAR antenna and SAR electronic systems or subsystems.English required, French fluency would be an asset.The candidate will have strong analytic and communication skills and work well in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment.

Occasional travel is required.

LI-DM1IND1 Comments/Special Considerations:Successful candidates must obtain and hold security clearance at the reliability status level, and pass security assessment for the Controlled Goods Program (CGP) and ITAR.

Benefits statement:MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations.

As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare andflexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

Equal opportunity statement:MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion.

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity.

If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.

COVID statement:COVID-19 Hiring Update: Strengthening our workforce is more important than ever to meet our customers’ mission-critical needs.

We are continuing to hire many talented people, and we are closely monitoring COVID-19 to ensure safe hiring practices are used.

This includes limiting onsite candidate interviews and prioritizing video interviews.