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Ofcom’s Spectrum Group [https://www.ofcom.org.uk/spectrum] 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 spectrum policy and management decisions [https://www.ofcom.org.uk/spectrum/spectrum-management]. 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
The Senior Spectrum Engineer role is an exciting mix of in-depth technical study combined with wider engagement at policy level where your understanding of underlying systems will help ensure a solid basis for new and existing wireless services. The role requires creativity and insight to develop solutions to different scenarios across a wide range of radio communication technologies such as mobile, fixed and satellite. You will work with colleagues throughout the organisation as well as stakeholders across the communications sector.
Through various projects you will develop technical advice on wireless technology and intersystem coexistence, radiowave propagation modelling; interpret what this means for UK spectrum management; and recommend how Ofcom can best balance the interests of stakeholders and consumers through its policy work. Studies can include, for example, developing sophisticated propagation models, performing detailed simulation analysis, researching technical characteristics for emerging wireless technologies, 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. You will contribute to development of related regulatory policy and your specialist knowledge will be complemented by the ability to translate complex topics to non-technical audiences.
Essential Skills, knowledge and experience
Able to grasp and articulate technical and policy issues associated with managing the radio spectrum
Expert knowledge in at least one of the following areas; wireless standards and technologies; advanced radiowave propagation modelling; RF interference mechanisms; electrical and electromagnetic compatibility; or complex system level simulation and intersystem coexistence modelling
Strong numerical skills, with the ability to analyse varied datasets and extract key trends
Interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to convey the context, results and conclusions of technical work to a range of stakeholders
Experience working within the wireless telecommunications industry or other technical sector
Ability to manage tasks and projects to ensure timely delivery
The successful candidate is likely:
To be technically qualified with an engineering or similar degree or possess an equivalent level of experience.
Proficient in simulating or planning network performance and systems.
Ofcom is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and you will have support towards attaining and maintaining professional registration.
This role is based at our London Riverside House office, and we support hybrid working where possible.
Please provide a CV and a covering letter detailing your interest and how you feel you can contribute to the role.
Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. Here at Ofcom, our vision is to ensure people are part of an environment when they can truly strive and be themselves, therefore we aim to recruit from the widest pool of candidates possible – irrespective of social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or disability. We are an organisation that strives to be truly representative of the whole of the UK and our aim is to be an employer of choice for everyone.
We champion flexible working and so wherever possible we support flexible working patterns including job shares.
As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to interview disabled applicants who meets the minimum selection criteria of the role as outlined in the job specification, if applicants would like to be considered under this scheme. We pride ourselves on ensuring all candidates are treated fairly throughout the application and selection process including making our process as accessible as possible. You can find more information on the scheme here. https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/jobs/disability-confident-scheme
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