Senior RF Desense Engineer

San Mateo, CA US
USD 170k - 258k

Skydio is the leading US drone company and the world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from first responders to insurance claims adjusters, utilities, and more!

About the role: 

Our radio system connects the end-users with our autonomous systems. As intelligent flying machines gain more independence, the demand for range and for bandwidth are increasing. There is a huge opportunity to innovate and develop within various wireless architectures to bring an incredible, highly-engineered product to market, and to define the next generation of RF frameworks and technologies. Skydio’s highly integrated electromechanical systems provide a rich set of engineering challenges and a huge opportunity to make an impact!

How you’ll make an impact:

  • Collaborate with EE, PD, Antenna teams to help improve system design and robustness
  • Perform circuit level simulations and analysis to understand and debug desense issues and characterize nature of aggressor/victim
  • Work with EE & RF Design  to reduce and mitigate noise sources & assist other engineers in system integration
  • Work with antenna design and test vendors to ensure the quality of the overall system design

What makes you a good fit: 

  • MS in Electrical Engineering or related field 
  • 6+ years of hands-on desense evaluation and testing experience for consumer products, including compliance with wireless specification and standards
  • Willingness to learn and go after the challenge of unfamiliar tasks
  • Knowledgeable in analog, digital, and mixed-signal circuit analysis
  • Excellent technical understanding of one or more of the following radio technologies: WiFi, LTE, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Good understanding of physics of radiated noise coupling mechanisms
  • Experience with PCB layout and schematic capture for RF circuits
  • Experience using simulation tools such as HFSS/CST and Keysight ADS
  • Experience with lab equipment such as network analyzers, CMW500, spectrum analyzers, power meters, near field probes, etc.
  • Experience with best design practices for EMI/EMC, ESD and RF signal routing
  • Experience with performing TRP, TIS and Rate Vs Range measurements will be plus
  • Able to disassemble prototype products, make HW modifications to find and eliminate noise contributors
  • Able to work independently in the Lab to simulate and optimize RF circuits
  • Scripting experience to automate test flow is a plus

Compensation Range: The annual base salary range for this position is $170,000 - $258,000*(dependent on final leveling). Compensation will vary based on factors, including skill level, proficiencies, transferable knowledge, and experience. In addition to base salary, Skydio full-time employees are eligible to enroll in our benefit plans and take advantage of a variety of incentives and stipends.

*For some positions the pay may be dependent upon the individual's regional location.




At Skydio we believe that diversity drives innovation. We have created a multidisciplinary environment that embraces the power of diverse perspectives to create elegant solutions for complex problems. We are committed to growing our network of people, programs, and resources to nurture an inclusive culture.

As such, we do not make hiring or other employment-related decisions on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions),  gender identity or expression, age, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, genetic information or characteristics, veteran, military or family status, or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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