CV: Active RF Systems Eng. ESA Ground Station (Antennas)


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 Date Submitted:01-10-2015
 Last Modified:02-10-2015 (06:13)
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 Current job:Active RF Systems Eng. ESA Ground Station (Antennas)
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within a month
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
 KeywordsActive RF, Deep Space Antennas, Front End, Microwave Low NoiseLNA, Cryogenic, Vacuum, High Power Amplifiers (including Klystrons)S-, X-,Ku-,Ka-Band, Radiometers, Deionised Water Cooling Systems,laboratory instrumentation

Brief intoduction:

The candidate present occupation is a responsibility position for ESA (through a contractor company) at the Ground Station Section in ESOC (Darmstadt).

In his almost 11 years as Active RF Engineer he has been involved in analysis and planning of maintenance,  upgrading and development projects of the RF subsystems of the world wide ESA ground stations, coordination of engineering contractors and testing campaign at industrial partners or ESA sites.

He has worked, with Radiometers, in the development of the latest state of the art cryogenic Low Noise Amplifiers deployed in ESA Deep Space Antennas, in the specification and development of the first European 20Kw X Band Klystron based High Power Amplifier and, in all solid state and tube amplifiers (S-,X-,Ka-Band) currently used in the ESTRACK network. Moreover he has proudly been fully involved since the early stages, in the development, construction and acceptance of ESA latest Deep Space Antenna (DS3) in Malargue, Argentina.

During his time for ESA he has deepened his knowledge in Cryogenic Technologies, Vacuum Technologies, Water Cooling technologies, Microwave Tubes technology, Distortion, Noise and Non Linearity effects in amplifiers.

He his currently responsible for the preliminary study of the first 80Kw X Band amplifier.





31 January 2005 – Present

Active RF Engineer at GSS Department (Ground Stations)

For a contractor company at European Space Agency / ESOC, Darmstadt (Germany)

Specification of RF and related equipment.
Writing of Statements of Work and monitoring of industrial contracts for RF subsystems to be deployed within the ESA ground stations.
Analysis and planning of maintenance and upgrading projects of the RF subsystems of the world wide ESA ground stations, coordination of engineering contractors and testing campaign at industrial partners or ESA sites.
Frequent abroad missions, within European countries as well as overseas


February 2004 – August 2004

Trainee at TOS-GSS division (Technical Operational Support- Ground Segment Subsystems)

European Space Agency/ ESOC, Darmstadt (Germany)

“Measurement of low noise amplifier gain fluctuation and evaluation of radiometer performance at 8GHz and 32 GHz”(technical report).
Identification and evaluation of different techniques for the measurement of random instabilities. Modelization of AM noise. Measurement campaign to characterize flicker and random walk noise on low noise amplifiers at room and cryogenic temperatures. MathCAD simulations of effects on radio astronomy receivers.
Use of laboratory instrumentations: VNA, PNA, NF meter, signal generators.


August 2002 – February 2003

Trainee at WS TI (Wireless Solutions, Technology & Innovations) Radio Frequency Department

Infineon Technology, Munich (Germany)

Studies on Matching Networks for Variable Load Conditions in Microwave Circuits for Telecommunications


20 February 1994 – 30 May 1994

Field Supervisor

Istituto per la Pubblica Amministrazione (ISPA), Catania (Italy)

Field supervisor for eastern Sicily and trainer for a legal-administrative service based on a software platform for public corporations.


23 February 1993 – 17 February 1994

Radio-telephony engineer. Military Service

Italian Coastguard, Taranto - Catania - Messina (Italy)

Military Service in the Coastguard as radio-telephony engineer


11 November 1991 – 22 February 1993

Field supervisor

Istituto per la Pubblica Amministrazione (ISPA), Catania (Italy)

Field supervisor for eastern Sicily and trainer for a legal-administrative service based on a software platform for public corporations.





September 1995 – February 2003

Laurea (Five years Master degree) in Electronics Engineering


University of Messina - Faculty of Engineering, Messina (Italy)

Graduated with the maximum grade: 110 points out of 110.

Thesis work on ‘Matching Networks for Variable Load Conditions in Microwave Circuits for Telecommunications’.
Supervisor at the University of Messina, Prof. Alina Caddemi. Co-supervisor at Infineon, Eng. Antonio Zarcone.

January 2003 :Winner of a six months postgraduate internship to earn job experience in E.U. member states. Framework of the project called Supervised Work Experiences Abroad POR.

February – July 2000: Winner of an Erasmus scholarship at the BME (Technical University of Budapest)


September 2000 – 23 June 2003

Two years Master of Science in Communication Engineering



Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE) International Education Centre (IEC), Budapest (Hungary)


Graduated with the mark of excellent (5.00/5.00).

Diploma thesis on industrial applications of microwave for moisture measurement.

Member of the Microwave Circuits & Antennas Laboratory at the
Department of Microwave Telecommunications. Carried out for the same Laboratory, the following three works:
- Experimental Study of Microstrip Antennas.
- Photonic Band Gap: Materials, Structures and Applications in Slot and Patch Antenna
- Multi-frequency moisture-measurement system used in bins of raw materials and in concrete mixers. (Diploma work).
Supervisor at the department Sen. Ass. Professor Ferenc Völgyi.





23 February  2015 – 26 February 2015



20 October  2014 – 24 October 2014




24 February 2014 – 21 March 2014

Klystrons, TWTs, Magnetrons, CFAs, and Gyrotrons

Dr. A. S. Gilmour Jr. Stetson University Centre, Celebration, Florida (USA)



Advanced RF Power Amplifiers Techniques for Modern Wireless and Microwave System

CEI Europe, Barcelona (Spain)



Spanish Language Course B2



Solexico, Playa del Carmen (Mexico)



28 January 2013 – 22 February 2013

Spanish Language Course B1


Habla Ya Spanish School, Bocas del Toro (Panama)



02 May 2011 – 06 May 2011

Linux/Unix Fundamentals


Schoell AG, Darmstadt (Germany)


26 October 2010 – 29 October 2010

Phased Array Radar


Prof. Hugh Griffiths, University College London, Darmstadt (Germany)


02 August 2010 – 05 August 2010

Cryogenic Engineering


Cryocourses and Redstone Aerospace, Golden, Colorado (USA)


25 January 2010 – 28 January 2010

“ESATAN Thermal Modelling Suite” (Software for Thermal Analysis)


ITP engines, Leicester (uk)


20 October 2008 – 23 October 2008

“Satellite Communication Systems”


CEI Europe, Barcelona (Spain)


11 August 2008 – 15 August 2008

“Phased Array Antennas for Communications & Radar”


CEI Europe, Darmstadt (Germany)


23 October 2007 – 23 October 2007

Radiofrequency and Ionising Radiation Awareness


Health Protection Agency (UK), Darmstadt (Germany)


17 July 2006 – 21 July 2006

Overview on state of the art cryo-cooler technology to be deployed on the ESA ground stations


International Cryogenic Engineering Conference 21 (ICEC 21), Prague (Czech Republic)


03 April 2006 – 06 April 2006

“RF Components and Systems Measurements”


CEI Europe, Copenhagen (Denmark)


17 May 2005 – 25 May 2005

“Basic Vacuum + Leak Detection” and “Advanced Vacuum”


Varian Inc., Turin (Italy)


March 2001 – March 2001

Optical/Wireless Workshop


Framework of the European MOIKIT project and United States-Hungary Cooperative Program in Microwave-Photonics, Budapest (Hungary)


October 2000 – October 2000

“Satellite Networks and Multimedia Services: From VSAT to DVB Technologies “


TEN Project, Budapest (Hungary)


January 2000 – February 2000

English course


Language Studies International, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)


September 1986 – June 1991

High school Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications (AMBRA Project)


ITIS G.Marconi, Messina (Italy)





Mother tongue(s)


Other language(s)

English, Spanish, German (basic)


Communication skills

good ability to adapt to multicultural environments and good communication skills gained through out my work, study and life experience abroad


Organisational / managerial skills

well organized, detailed-oriented team member with very good analytical, troubleshooting, and problem solving skills.


Job-related skills

Antenna Front End, Antenna Subsystems, Microwave Low Noise Amplifiers, Cryogenic Systems, Vacuum Systems, High Power Amplifiers (including Klystrons)S-, X-,Ku-,Ka-Band, Radiometers, Deionised Water Cooling Systems and use of laboratory instrumentation.


Computer skills

Linux, Windows, Microsoft Office, C, MatLab, MathCAD, Advanced Design System (ADS, Agilent Technologies), ESATAN Thermal Modelling Suite.

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