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Radio Network Planning Engineer, II

About Starry:

Starry is reinventing how people connect to the internet. Our mission focuses on two things — first, on being an internet service provider committed to simplicity, transparency, and delight, and second, on providing high-speed internet to underserved communities both locally, nationally and globally. We approach our mission with a cutting-edge wireless technology, user experience designed to delight, and a diverse and intellectually curious company culture.


Why you'll love working here:

Starry is a fast-growing company, with incredible ambition to build new markets, and new products and services. At Starry, autonomy and creativity are rewarded; you’ll have control of your own time and the opportunity to develop your ideas and initiatives. Our team is tightly-knit, highly collaborative, and very driven. We value each other’s contributions and we don’t hire jerks.


Who we’re looking for:

Starry is seeking an experienced Radio Network Planning Engineer to join our growing team. You will directly support the Network Design and Deployment group by developing the wireless network design as well as its build, implementation, and optimization. This role includes radio planning activities related to Starry’s network roll-out and operations in Boston and other markets across the country. Our ideal candidate will design, plan, verify, and optimize the performance of point-to-multipoint (PMP) wireless systems, including radio propagation modeling and prediction, frequency planning, site equipment design, end-to-end testing, and performance optimization. You will have had success building out complex wireless data communication systems from greenfield to operations for multiple dwelling units (MDU) and fixed wireless access networks.


What you’ll do:

  • Perform network design and quantitative analysis using a combination of radio network planning tools and GIS to determine most optimal PMP hub locations that service a maximum number of buildings within a market
  • Extensive field measurement to characterize performance of millimeter wave frequency bands under varying RF environments and clutter class, and form agreement with model predictions
  • Design high capacity point-to-point (PTP) wireless backhaul using Tier 1 radio equipment across a variety of frequency bands and technologies
  • Design point to multipoint links (PMP), optimizing for diverse engineering and commercial needs
  • Conduct surveys and site walks to validate radio network design and generate a detailed statement of work (SOW) for installation of both roof top radio equipment and indoor structured cabling and distribution, switching, power, and grounding
  • Verify end-to-end testing results meet expected results
  • Optimize the network through site modifications and parameter adjustments and trials


Points for:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a related engineering technical field, or equivalent work experience
  • 3 - 5 years in Microwave radio network planning with experience in wireless system design (PMP, PTP)
  • Microwave radio network planning design, deployment, and optimization experience acquired with a wireless provider, consultancy, or radio equipment supplier
  • Expertise with RF planning tools (Siradel, Atoll, Planet, or IBwave) and GIS tools (MapInfo, ArcView)
  • Understanding of RF propagation theory and model tuning of the radio planning tool, ideally across a number of the following frequencies - 80GHz, 60GHz, 37 - 40GHz, 23GHz, and 18GHz
  • Hands-on experience with field measurement, installation, and testing of radio equipment
  • Comfortable working in a small team or startup, and sometimes ambiguous or fluid environments
  • Ability to develop new and nontraditional solutions that leverage multiple wireless technologies and methodologies


Bonus points if:

  • You have passionate feelings about Starry and our mission
  • Your sense of humor shines through even if stressed


We work hard, so we take care of each other and try to enjoy ourselves along the way. We have:

  • Premium medical, dental, and vision coverage with no employee contribution required
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Life insurance and short & long term disability insurances with no employee contribution required
  • Catered lunches every Monday & drinks on Friday during our weekly company meeting
  • Wine, beer, and snacks always on hand
  • Groups for skiing, biking, running, climbing, stretching, shuffleboard, darts, and more


Happy Interneting!


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.

Starry, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service or any other class protected by state or federal law.


August 2018