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Software Engineer
Ground Segment
Posted on 7/30/2022
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Data Analysis
Software Testing
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, math, or science discipline and 2+ years of experience in software development; OR 6+ years of experience in software development
  • 2+ years of experience in C++
  • 2+ years of experience with spacecraft, ground station, or other communication system operations
  • 2+ years of project or industry experience with RF, controls, spacecraft, and/or communications systems
  • Developed, debugged and deployed software that has been used in real world applications/projects
  • Experience working on technical teams in a rapidly changing, highly demanding environment
  • Experience with networking protocols (UDP, TCP, etc)
  • Solid fundamental knowledge of networks, electronics, math, engineering, and physics
  • Strong skills in debugging, performance optimization, and unit testing
  • Creative approach to problem solving, engineering, and design with exceptional analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Experience with Python
  • Electromechanical/mechatronics software system design and development
  • Working knowledge of control theory
  • Experience designing fault tolerant software
  • Thorough knowledge of computer architecture and networks
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, take initiative, and communicate effectively
  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here
  • Design, test, and integrate highly reliable and available software systems that operate for long periods of time with minimal maintenance at scale that run on both commercial and SpaceX developed hardware
  • Participate in architecture, design, and code reviews
  • Develop prototypes to prove out key design concepts and quantify technical constraints
  • Design and implement fault detection and mitigation in software
  • Partner with avionics, space operations, GNC, and other stakeholders to create effective working relationships to drive feature rich and customer focused software
  • Perform post operation data analysis to inform continuous improvement of mission critical software systems including automated imaging and tracking systems

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company Overview
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Core Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.