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5G Systems Engineering Architect

We have an exciting opportunity for a 5G Systems Engineering Architect to join the Ubiquitous Communication Directorate to operate, evolve and support our 5G testbed located in Westcott Buckinghamshire. The Westcott 5G Step-Out Centre is a world class centre dedicated to the advancement and exploitation of technologies that will underpin the networks of the future. The Centre is working in partnership with some of the world’s leading organisations, infrastructure and tools providers.

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who will be responsible for the ongoing development, delivery and operation of the end to end architecture, you will become a champion for the centre and develop a deep and extensive knowledge in the field of future networks and the evolution of both satellite and terrestrial networks.

This is the perfect role for an accomplished telecoms/IT/mobile networks system engineer with the ability to successfully work with a variety of end users to deliver first class operational systems to industry partners. In addition to the technical work, your problem solving, and decision making are integral to many aspects of the role.

In return we will offer you a high degree of autonomy within defined project environment, resolving potential technical or architectural conflicts in complex individual 5G projects whilst maintaining alignment with the overall 5G testbed Architecture strategy. We will work with you to ensure you will have exposure to the skills and expertise you wish to develop and work with you to enhance your career in this exciting sector!

For more on what we do and what it’s like, get in touch with our resourcing team by emailing career@sa.catapult.org.uk

Quick facts

This is a permanent role directly with Satellite Applications Catapult. The role will be split between two sites, Westcott in Buckinghamshire and Harwell, Didcot. We offer competitive salaries with annual reviews, end of a financial year bonus, 28 days of annual leave plus all your bank holidays paid for as an extra. Our pension scheme is competitive with a maximum of 10% contribution from us if you put in 5% and to top it all off, we have a private medical insurance as a benefit in kind. We work in a collaborative engaging way and believe in empowering our people, after all, you are our greatest asset!


  • MSc or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Networking & Data Communication, Telecommunications systems or similar discipline.

Skills, knowledge & experience

  • Minimum of 10+ years of practical mobile network architecture e.g. Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Radio Access Networks (RAN) and associated ancillary services e.g. HSS, PCRF ,IMS
  • Hands-on experience in the integration and testing of software and hardware systems and components
  • Expertise and practical knowledge gained on virtualised infrastructure platforms (e.g. Openstack, Open Baton) for network orchestration.
  • Experience of Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualisation (NFV)
  • Accomplished and very knowledge on Linux ( Red hat ,CentOS, Fedora)
  • Expertise in LTE and LTE-A architecture and associated network protocols
  • Familiar with 3GPP standards (including Release 15) and 5G-PPP initiatives
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written)


  • Experience with Cisco or Juniper networking equipment, e.g. Cisco IOS and Junos
  • Knowledge of OOP (C++, Java) and scripting languages
  • Broad knowledge of wireless technologies E.G LPWAN experience in developing commercial products or services in dynamic and global environment.
  • Knowledge gain in Internet of Things (IoT)

If you are up for the challenge and ready to thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to career@sa.catapult.org.uk


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