Senior Avionics Software Engineer

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Blue Origin was founded with a vision to enable a future where millions of people are living and working in space to benefit Earth. In order to preserve Earth, Blue Origin believes in the need to enable humanity to expand, explore, find new energy and material resources, and move industries that stress Earth into space. Blue Origin believes it has an important role in building a road to space and lowering the cost of getting there. At Blue Origin, we’re working on this today by developing fully reusable launch vehicles and systems that are safe, reliable and affordable. Every launch vehicle is designed for human spaceflight from the beginning and able to ferry payloads to space.

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, responsible for designing, implementing, and verifying re-usable software components and tools for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of re-usable, safety-critical component development, qualification, and delivery. Together, our teams create the building blocks required to deliver on-board and ground software that monitors and controls fully autonomous spacecrafts.

In this role, reporting to the Director of Software Engineering for Core Avionics, in the Engineering Center of Excellence, you will need to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to create core frameworks, components and tools, for safety critical, real-time, embedded software that support control and diagnostics of human capable spacecraft, for both orbital and sub-orbital programs.  You must be able to define and develop verifiable requirements and software designs, write code to implement designs in C/C++/Python, and design and write tests to assure code meets our safety critical approval process.

To be successful you must be able to help guide the ecosystem around common software clients and tooling.  You will also guide development of hardware and software architectures supporting advanced spaceflight systems.  You will need to be actively involved in tool development including infrastructure to support build, debugging, and deployment.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, aerospace, or related field
  • 5+ years of software development and testing experience including multi-threaded programming
  • Demonstrable systems software development experience at the OS and Application software boundary
  • Strong software development skills, particularly in C/C++
  • Strong debugging skills at the software/hardware boundary
  • Familiarity and passion for software testing
  • Hands-on experience with Testing Frameworks and Continuous Integration pipelines
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


  • Experience developing and testing real-time embedded systems, control systems, device drivers, gaming systems, or mobile devices
  • Experience with safety-critical software development
  • Experience working with and designing networking protocols
  • Familiarity with sensors and actuators including GPS, accelerometers, rate gyros, pressure or temperature sensors.
  • Experience designing robust APIs and interfaces
  • Hands-on experience with Linux, Docker, GNU toolchain, Python, MATLAB/Simulink, real-time operating systems, serial communications, IP networking, and developing secure systems

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government commercial space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the U.S. (i.e. current green card holder), or lawfully admitted as a refugee or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. §  1157-1158.   Learn more about the ITAR here.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force.  Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities.  We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law.  Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Blue Origin is committed to taking affirmative steps to promote the employment and advancement of minorities, women, protected veterans, and persons with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and federal executive orders.  Applicants who wish to view the available portion of Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at

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