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Dawn Aerospace is looking for a skilled and motivated person to undertake electrical engineering responsibilities for aircraft and spacecraft systems.

Dawn Aerospace is looking for a skilled and motivated person to undertake electrical engineering responsibilities for aircraft and spacecraft systems.

You will work closely with all vehicle sub-teams to design and implement electrical solutions from high-level requirements while contributing to our goal of achieving scalable, accessible and sustainable spaceflight.

Initially, this role will predominantly involve core engineering. In future, there is the opportunity for the right candidate to grow into a programme, product and/or department leadership position.

You must have the desire and ability to work in a young company. If you want a smooth and routine role; this role is not for you. We believe in giving you the tools you need, then getting out of your way. We are looking for candidates who can take the initiative and work with minimal direction.

Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, this role will require flexible hours in mornings and evenings as you work with our Delft teams. It may also require travel to this office.


  • Translate engineering requirements and specifications into high quality, well-tested, electronic systems.
  • End-to-end ownership of electronic systems – from specification through design, prototype, validation, and manufacturing.
  • Design circuit boards for a breath of applications, including digital, analogue, mixed-signal, and power electronic systems.
  • Design quality and robust embedded software for microcontrollers and flight computers.
  • Work alongside engineers from a variety of disciplines.
  • Coordination with component suppliers.
  • Clearly document and present designs at various stages of completion.

Required qualifications

  • Bachelors or Masters in Electrical Engineering, or the equivalent in experience and evidence of exceptional ability.
  • 2-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience writing embedded software in C.
  • Experience working with digital communication busses, including CAN, SPI, Ethernet, TTP.
  • Experience with Python and Git.
  • Experience in the selection and use of analogue sensors and signal conditioning circuits.
  • Experience with PCB design, working with EDA and high-speed layouts.
  • Experience with design for EMC.
  • Experience with creating graphical user interfaces to display data or modify embedded software parameters.
  • Experience with testing, troubleshooting and debugging electronic hardware.
  • Proficiency with basic electrical laboratory equipment, including scopes and vector network analysers.
  • Knowledge of systems engineering.
  • Ability to work in a highly cross-functional role.
  • Proven oral and written communication skills (English).

Desired experience

  • Wide range of hands-on skills from PCB assembly to wire harness/cable tree construction to automotive/aerospace standards.
  • Experience with high-reliability electronics (e.g. DO-254)
    Wide experience from microcontrollers to x86s, and from PLCs to FPGAs.
  • Experience with RF systems.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical design fundamentals.
  • Working in a geographically wide-spread team.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Multilingual.

About Dawn Aerospace

Every week we see new companies coming to market, using space-based technology in new and exciting ways we had never before imagined. Our industry is at the same inflexion point the internet was back when we went from dial-up to broadband, but there are some significant hurdles to overcome.

Dawn Aerospace was founded to redefine near-space transportation. Redefine how we deliver assets to space, position satellites on orbit and return things down to Earth to enable the vibrant and circular space economy of the future. To do this, we build scalable, accessible and sustainable spaceflight technologies – technologies that are sustainable for not just the foreseeable future, but the unforeseeable future.

Dawn Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with Dawn is decided based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any other manner.

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