At Vast, our mission is to contribute to a future where billions of people are living and thriving in space. We are building artificial gravity space stations, allowing long-term stays in space without the adverse effects of zero-gravity. Our initial crewed space habitat will be Haven-1, scheduled to be the world’s first commercial space station when it launches into low earth orbit in August 2025. Our team is all-in, committed to executing our mission safely and on time. If you want to work with the most talented people on Earth furthering space exploration for humanity, come join us.

Vast is looking for a Senior RF Systems Engineer, reporting to the Staff RF Engineer, to execute the development of the RF Systems for our Orbiter and Haven programs. This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.

As a Senior RF Systems Engineer, you will develop creative solutions to complex systems, production and test problems. Your work will involve spacecraft that will deliver the most cost-effective and efficient solutions for our customers. You will play a critical role in the system development and production process relating to RF systems for Haven; including creating integration and test procedures and processes for efficient manufacturability. Your input will be vital in designing and developing new and existing RF hardware to support the mission.

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide technical direction relating to RF systems and set top-level requirements to hardware agile development teams, integration, and test personnel.
  • Working cross-disciplinary with manufacturing/integration engineers providing work instructions and installation procedures for integrating and testing RF hardware on the Haven vehicle. 
  • Develop processes relating to RF hardware to improve part tracking, traceability and reliability.  
  • Perform engineering analyses such as link budgets, antenna placement and coexistence.
  • Component RE for existing off-the-shelf RF components or systems.
  • Full life-cycle ownership for related systems, including development, testing, integration, operations and maintenance for related hardware (interfaces, modems, radios, antennas, etc.).
  • Perform trade studies, use case development, requirements definition, derivation, validation and verification, interface definition, failure mode analysis, etc. 
  • Support planning, development, production, integration, testing, and operation of the RF avionics system in close concert with related disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering or related engineering discipline.
  • 4+ years of experience with RF design, analysis, or unit level testing (significant academic projects, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify).
  • Experience with RF test equipment such as Spectrum Analyzers, VNAs, Power Meters, Cable Analyzers, SDRs, etc.
  • Experience with software programming: Matlab, LabVIEW, Python, C/C++, JS, or other programming language.
  • Familiarity with antenna measurement techniques and tools such as anechoic/reverb chambers, near field EM measurements.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in electrical engineering or similar.
  • Experience with full-lifecycle product development.
  • Experience with electrical schematic capture software (Altium, Orcad or similar).
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and weigh against multi-disciplinary requirements together while assessing risk and making design and development decisions. 
  • Knowledge of space radiation effects on RF electronics and antennas.
  • Prior experience with vehicle electrical bonding requirements.
  • Experience with vehicle and instrumentation buses such as GPIB, USB, TCP/IP, CAN, SPI, and I2C, as well as serial I/O (RS232/422/285).
  • Experience with the design and integration of RF systems consisting of radio transmitters, receivers, LNAs, PAs, couplers, filters, etc.
  • Experience with simulation tools such as SPICE, ADS, CST, HFSS, etc.
  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with designing electronics for spaceflight environment, verifying workmanship and operability through environmental test (random vibration, shock, thermal, burn-in, and TVAC).

Pay Range:

  • Senior RF Systems Engineer Level III: $150,000-$180,000
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
 
Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.

U.S. EXPORT CONTROL COMPLIANCE STATUS

The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast 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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