Digital Catapult

5G Network Engineer


Digital Catapult is looking for a highly motivated network engineer with strong interest to work at the cutting edge of 5G network deployments and testing, to join our technically expert and dynamic 5G technology team. Digital Catapult has one of the best 5G Testbeds in the UK, with £1.5M invested in operational state-of-the-art technology including 5G, 4G, WiFi, virtualised networks (SDN and NFV), using both commercial grade and open source solutions. We use this facility to support early exploration of 5G and advanced connectivity features by UK companies, small and large, delivering meaningful proof-of-concept and demonstrators in new application areas for partners in several key industry sectors (creative, manufacturing, logistics, etc.), as well as supporting our internal research and development activities in projects funded in the UK and Europe (Horizon 2020). This role offers an exciting mix of activities focused on practical deployment and operation of our 5G testbed as a private mobile network, as well as getting visibility and involvement with advanced service development activities for 5G infrastructure with a particular focus on network virtualisation, orchestration and automation.

what you’ll do
  • Hands on configuration and operational experience with at least two of the following: cellular, WiFi, WAN and firewall equipment and solutions
  • Ability to document, maintain and troubleshoot network installations across multiple technologies. Some training can be provided if one of the areas is not very strong
  • Ability to specify, configure and setup core components of the fixed and mobile network
  • Knowledge and experience working with network equipment (switch, router and firewall) configuration, e.g. Firewall Palo Alto, Extreme Networks/Edgecore switches, network design drawing and documentation
  • WiFi Management (Cisco Meraki - Installation, Configuration, Cloud-based management, SSID, VLAN, testing and troubleshooting)
  • Programming and scripting experience, especially Python/shell, with hands on experience on network setup, troubleshooting and maintenance at Linux admin level (system setup, configuration, deployment and troubleshooting management, IDRAC, MAAS, scripting language Python, Perl, SNMP, VMWare, OpenFlow)
  • Good understanding and hands-on ability to work in virtualised environments would be a strong desirable, as it is experience with modern devops and automation technologies
  • Good communication skills, with strong openness and desire to operate in an agile environment
  • Based in London, with regular travel to Brighton
what we’re looking for
  • Contribute to the low-level network design, deployment and documentation of the testbed
  • Deliver, working directly with the 5G Testbed Manager, configuration and service access in the testbed for testbed users and experiments, such as equipment provisioning, access/firewall (VPN) configuration, OpenStack configuration etc.
  • Provide the necessary L2/L3 technical support to teams developing specific use case applications and services
  • Support the 5G Testbed Manager in liaising with internal IT support team to make configuring and managing experimental setups of IP network equipment and dedicated servers happen as necessary
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