Baldock/ London, SE1/ South East
Ofcom's Spectrum Group manages the use of wireless spectrum throughout the UK to ensure that it is used efficiently. As the UK 's communications regulator we make spectrum available for new and innovative services such as next-generation mobile or satellite systems whilst ensuring that existing solutions like Wi-Fi and radio can continue to operate. The Engineering team within Spectrum Group provides high-quality technical modelling, analysis and measurements to inform Ofcom's policy decisions. We represent the UK in international groups to influence the future of spectrum management and technology. Our skilled Engineering group consists of a wide range of technical experts from varied backgrounds and we benefit from the different perspectives they bring.
Purpose of the Role
As part of the Spectrum Engineering team, your technical skills will help enable new and innovative wireless services. The role is an exciting mix of modelling and exploration combined with wider engagement at the policy level where your understanding of wireless systems will help ensure a solid technical basis for new services. You will work with colleagues across the organisation as well as stakeholders from the communications industry and at international forums. Through various projects, you will analyse current and future use of the wireless spectrum; interpret what this means for UK spectrum management, and recommend how Ofcom can best balance the interests of industry stakeholders and consumers through its policy work.
Requirements of the Role
You will develop technical advice on wireless technology and intersystem coexistence - often requiring detailed analysis and modelling of wireless networks alongside subsequent quality assurance. This might be, for example, performing in-depth simulation analysis, undertaking a link budget analysis, or supporting measurement and trials work. You will also have the opportunity to represent Ofcom and the UK in national and international technical standards bodies.
These engineering studies underpin our spectrum management decisions and you will contribute to the development of related regulatory policy. Your specialist knowledge will be complemented by the ability to translate complex topics to non-technical audiences and you will act as a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders throughout the life cycle of your projects. This will include providing oral and written reports, preparing meeting inputs, and giving presentations, often at a senior level, to ensure successful outcomes.
Skills, knowledge and experience
- Able to grasp technical and policy issues associated with managing the radio spectrum
- Wireless systems knowledge in areas such as wireless standards and technologies; radiowave propagation; interference mechanisms; electromagnetic compatibility; or wireless system modelling
- Interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to convey the context, results and conclusions of technical work to a range of stakeholders
- Sound judgement to ensure analysis is of the appropriate complexity and proportionate to the impact and likelihood of the expected outcomes
- Able to manage tasks or projects to ensure timely delivery
- Strong numerical skills and ability to analyse varied datasets and extract key trends
The successful candidate is likely:
- To be technically qualified with an engineering or similar degree or possess an equivalent level of experience
- To be proficient in simulating wireless network performance and systems
Diversity and Inclusion
Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly "make communications work for everyone". We welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants whatever their background, especially women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background candidates as they are currently under-represented in our workforce. As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential selection criteria.
The closing date for this role is the 31st January 2021.
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Other organisations may call this role RF Engineer, Radio Frequency Engineer, Senior RF Technician, Radio Spectrum Engineer, RF Test Engineer, or Engineer.