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Software Architect/Developer



Software Engineering, IT
Vaud, Switzerland · Renens, Switzerland
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

SWISSto12 is one of the world’s fastest-growing aerospace companies, evolving from its pioneering use of 3D printing technologies for high-performance Radio Frequency (RF) products and applications to recently announcing the manufacture of entire geostationary telecom satellites, called HummingSat, that define a new category in space.

SWISSto12 is a leading provider of Radio-Frequency (RF) products and sub-systems for aerospace applications. The company’s patented 3D printing technologies and associated product designs are unique to deliver lightweight, compact, highly performing, and competitive RF products.

SWISSto12 is also providing the HummingSat as the world’s first commercial telecom GEO SmallSat developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). Its uniquely compactsize combined with highly capable telecom payloads allows telecommunications operators to deploy a cost-efficient, compact and agile asset without sacrificing performance or security. HummingSat has recently been selected by Inmarsat to build three I-8 satellites and in 2022 by Intelsat to build the I-45 satellite. If you are looking for position where you can play an active role in contributing to innovative and growing company, this role is for you.

We are looking for a Software Architect or Developer to lead the development of software for SWISSto12’s Satellite Communications (Satcom) user terminals based on AESAs.

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Develop software for Satcom AESAs from first design ideas to production:

o Defining all software layers for controlling BFICs from registers level setup to controlling beam direction of complete AESA antennas with 100s of elements using information from different AESA sub-systems.

o Architect software with increasing complexity for all stages of the AESA, from early prototypes to complete system with multiple input contributors.

o Setting up advanced ICs (BFIC or ASIC) with multiple registers.

o Write software and test documentation.

o Test your own software using evaluation boards and laboratory equipment.

  • Contribute to the development of AESAs complete system:

o Participate in prototyping/system demo phases.

o Participate in complete product design where production is 100-1000 units.

  • Prepare software product documentation for design, manufacturing and support during development and production.
  • General AESA software assistance in different projects across SWISSto12 (Space, Radar, etc).
  • Contribute to growing SWISSto12 team from AESA software development perspective. Be responsible and manage this discipline within the company by yourself.

Required experience and competencies:

  • M.Sc. in computer engineering (or equivalent) with at least 7+ years of proven experience in software development. Ideally, you have also worked on the Satcom domain. You have developed software for systems that have gone from early demos or prototypes to hundreds of units in production.
  • Knowledge of C/C++ and assembly language.

o Other programming languages and Operating Systems (Python, Linux, etc) knowledge is welcome.

  • Knowledge of real-time embedded software philosophies and practices.
  • Practice of structured software development (OSI model).
  • Experience in/with some of the following:

o Microcontrollers (MCU): ATMEL (SAM series) etc.

o Microprocessors (MPU): INTEL, Microchip etc.

o PLDs and FPGAs: Xilinx, Microchip etc.

o Multiple MCUs in one system, each one with OS

o RS232, RS422, RS485, synchronous and asynchronous interfaces

o Drivers for: high speed SPI, I2C, USB, LAN, WLAN, BT, etc

o Drivers for: PLL, ADC, DAC, L-band receivers, DVB-S2X demodulators, etc

  • The applicant is familiar with areas like power supply, digital electronics and RF electronics and mechanics. Ideally you are used to interacting with colleagues from those areas. It is a plus if the application has knowledge of Satcom AESAs.
  • The applicant shall be able to work within a small team in an efficient way.
  • Fluent in English (oral and writing). French or Danish are a good complement.

Interested applicants are requested to apply through LinkedIn

More about SWISSto12:

SWISSto12 has successfully established contracts with Inmarsat, IntelSat and ESA for HummingSat as well as contracts for their RF product line in Europe and the US with prominent partners and customers such as Thales, CAES and the ESA. SWISSto12 is a spin off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), is privately owned and backed by prominent Swiss and European Investors. SWISSto12 is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and operates a US-subsidiary in Foster City California and another team in New Hampshire. The company is well funded for its near and mid-term developments and backed by a solid customer revenue stream