Revolutionizing space technology
Software Engineer (RF Test)
SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.
SOFTWARE ENGINEER (RF TEST)
SpaceX is looking for an engineer with a background in both electrical engineering and software development for its Seattle office on the Starlink project. The ideal candidate will have real-world experience in test automation and an interest in hardware development. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on architecting new measurement systems within a larger group responsible for creating all elements of a new high performance wireless digital communication systems.
As a software engineer on the RF/RFIC team you will develop tools and reusable libraries for instrument control, data collection and analysis of the radio subsystems. You will use these tools to collect, analyze, and present measurement data to gain insight into both component and system performance. Much of the measurement system software and hardware that you create will be first-generation, supporting RF/RFIC designs well into the future.
- Design and build unique and technically challenging automated measurement systems, including both hardware and software design
- Collaborate with the RF/RFIC engineers to create chip and subsystem designs that are easily testable
- Work closely with FPGA/ASIC engineers and/or flight software engineers to design appropriate hardware control interfaces
- Analyze collected data and collaborate with RF/RFIC engineers to understand device performance and help resolve design issues
- Support RFIC consumers by creating documentation, datasheets and fully-tested reference designs
- Propose and develop a longer-term software architecture for automated test infrastructure, encompassing instrument control, data capture, data analysis and data organization
- Developing hardware systems, PCBs and digital control solutions (possibly microcontroller- or FPGA-based) for the test systems
- Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or physics
- Experience in software development in a high level language like C#, Python, C++ or MATLAB
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree or PhD in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or physics
- Experience with data management, analysis, and presentation techniques
- Knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques
- Strong communication skills and ability to work well within a fast-paced team
- Strong troubleshooting and debugging skills (both software and hardware)
- Experience with Python, MATLAB or JMP for data analysis
- Experience with serial digital communication protocols such as SPI, I2C, JTAG, RFFE and software/hardware solutions to exercise these
- Experience with microcontrollers, FPGAs, and/or basic digital signal processing concepts
- Experience developing multi-threaded applications and systems
- Experience with radio-related test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, vector signal analyzers, vector signal generators, and network analyzers
- Experience with both Windows and Linux system usage/administration
- Willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed
- 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.
SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
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SpaceX at a glance
SpaceX focuses on Manufacturing, Transportation, Aerospace, and Space Travel. Their company has offices in Washington, Hawthorne, Lompoc, McGregor, and Beale Air Force Base. They have a small team that's between 11-50 employees. To date, SpaceX has raised $2.475B of funding; their latest round was closed on October 2019.
You can view their website at http://www.spacex.com