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.

SILICON SOFTWARE ENGINEER (STARLINK)

SpaceX is looking for software engineers to bring new silicon to life. The ideal candidate will have real-world experience in multiple areas that span the hardware/software boundary: silicon verification, embedded firmware, and software automation. You will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on solving challenging problems related to the silicon used in all terrestrial/space-based elements of a high-performance wireless digital communication system. You will join a team with “extreme ownership” of the silicon life-cycle, from system requirements, to chip design, to characterization, to production ramp-up, to on-orbit telemetry monitoring.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

As a silicon software engineer, you will solve challenging problems related to all aspects of the silicon that we design in-house. Much of the system software that you create will be first-generation, supporting silicon designs well into the future.

  • Bring up new silicon, often being the first engineer to power on chips for the very first time
  • Design and build modular, reusable software libraries that are also highly-performant
  • Create fully-validated reference software drivers for new silicon, and support integration into downstream areas such as phased-array panel bringup, production, and flight software
  • Build hardware test platforms to support ongoing software validation

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or physics
  • 1+ year of object-oriented software development experience in C++

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or physics
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work well within a fast-paced team
  • Familiarity with SOLID design principles and software architecture
  • Experience with microcontrollers, FPGAs, and/or basic digital signal processing concepts
  • Familiarity with hardware-description languages such as SystemVerilog and VHDL
  • Experience with serial digital communication protocols such as SPI, I2C, JTAG, RFFE, software/hardware solutions to exercise these, and hands-on experience troubleshooting with oscilloscopes and logic analyzers
  • Strong troubleshooting and debugging skills (both software and hardware)
  • Experience developing multi-threaded applications and systems
  • Experience with both Windows and Linux system usage/administration

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be willing to work extended hours and/or weekends as necessary

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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