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Senior Spectrum Engineer (RSH)

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5 Dec 2022
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Please Note: This role will close at 00.01 on 05.12.22, we advise that you submit your application by midnight of 04.12.22.

Team overview

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 spectrum policy and management decisions [].

Purpose of the Role

Reliable modelling of radio wave propagation lies at the very core of spectrum management. The Senior RF Propagation Engineer role is an exciting mix where your in-depth understanding of this specialist field combined with wider engagement at policy level helps ensure a solid technical basis for new and existing wireless services. The role requires creativity and insight to improve and develop predictive models underpinning the authorisation of spectrum use; the national and international allocation of frequencies to services; interference management processes; and the compatibility assessment between different users and services.

You will work with colleagues throughout the organisation as well as stakeholders across the communications sector providing and developing technical advice on wireless technology, intersystem coexistence; 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. The role also provides the opportunity for you to represent Ofcom and the UK in national and international technical standards bodies such as ITU Study Group 3 for Radiowave Propagation.

Essential Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Understanding of radio wave propagation theory, radio channel characteristics, and appropriate modelling techniques for low and high spectrum bands

  • Hands on experience of developing and improving empirical and deterministic propagation models using advanced modelling techniques such as ray tracing  

  • Statistical data analyses and proficiency in the use of propagation measurements for model assessment and calibration

  • Knowledge of propagation models’ topographic datasets requirements and prediction quality vs complexity trade-offs

  • Awareness of ITU Study Group 3 Recommendations

  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to convey the context, results and conclusions of technical work to non-technical audiences.


The successful candidate is likely:

  • To be qualified with an engineering or similar degree or possess an equivalent level of experience.

  • Proficient in use of propagation models or performing radio wave prediction studies using commercial planning tools or bespoke implementations in MATLAB, Python, etc.

  • 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 in line with our corporate policy.

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.

Should you require any adjustments to be made, please do contact us directly at or call 0330 912 1378


Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

We make sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

We also oversee the universal postal service, which means Royal Mail must deliver and collect letters six days a week, and parcels five days a week, at an affordable and uniform price throughout the UK.

We look after the airwaves used by wireless devices like cordless phones, walkie talkies and even some car keys and doorbells.

We also help to make sure people don’t get scammed and are protected from bad practices. This is particularly important for vulnerable or older people.

Our duties come from Parliament. Our priority is to look after you, and we sometimes do this by promoting competition among companies we regulate.

We provide advice and information to thousands of people each year, through our website and call centre. We register complaints from people and businesses, which helps us to take action against firms when they let their customers down. Parliament has not given us powers to resolve people’s complaints about their broadband, home phone or mobile phone. Instead, these can be considered by alternative ‘dispute resolution’ services.

We also help to make sure people across the UK are satisfied with what they see and hear on TV and radio, and that programmes reflect the audiences they serve. We consider every complaint we receive from viewers and listeners. Often, we investigate further and we sometimes find broadcasters in breach of our rules.

We are independent, and funded by fees paid to us by the companies we regulate.

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