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Software Engineer
Space Lasers, Starlink
Posted on 1/9/2022
Redmond, WA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Undergraduate degree in physics or engineering discipline
  • At least 1 year of experience in a computer programming language (Python, C#, or other object oriented language preferred)
  • Knowledge of and experience in lasers, photodiodes, fiber optics, optics testing/troubleshooting techniques, and signal integrity principles
  • Knowledge of and experience in digital communication protocols, test and measurement, and troubleshooting
  • At least 3 years of experience in design, integration, and test of complex, technically capable systems
  • Ability to assess risk and make design and development decisions without all available data
  • Competence with optical test equipment (power meters, interferometer, laser sources)
  • Competence with Python scripting and a Linux operating system environment
  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry
  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Extended hours and weekends as needed to support critical 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
  • Apply optics, electrical, and test knowledge to laser communication system integration and testing
  • Create modular, reusable software in Python to automate development and production tests
  • Collect and manage test requirements for verifying laser communications in Low Earth Orbit, other harsh conditions, and beyond
  • Participate in validation testing, including environmental acceptance, environmental qualification, performance characterization, lot acceptance testing, and reliability testing
  • Review and analyze test data to track trends and resolve production issues on vendor and in-house components
  • Develop test plans, execute testing, and write test reports to support rapid design iteration of flight hardware and software
  • Collaborate with software and automation teams to develop maintainable, scalable scripts, tools, and infrastructure
  • Develop test fixtures for engineering and production tests

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.