Test Infrastructure Engineer

Company Details

Loft Orbital builds “shareable” satellites, providing a fast & simple path to orbit for organizations that require access to space. Powered by our hardware & software products, we operate satellites, fly customer payloads onboard, and handle entire missions from end to end - significantly reducing the lead-time and risk of a traditional space mission.

Loft Orbital is looking for a Test Infrastructure Engineer to be part of the team building and maintaining all of Loft’s test benches internationally, across our San Francisco, CA, Golden, CO and Toulouse, France sites.
This role is pivotal to our success as it is responsible for supporting with the build of our test infrastructure and the tools for automating both our hardware and software testing. Sitting between the spacecraft and all the other teams, this person will have a big impact helping make sure that every element of our satellites, be it hardware or software work, without any bugs.
On a day to day basis, this person will be hands-on with the flight hardware, building the spacecraft in a server rack and running code on it, developing APIs, as well as managing the team’s work load. 🛰️
Ideally this person would be based in San Francisco but we would be open to them being located in Golden or Toulouse.
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*Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized people tend to only apply when they meet 100% of the qualifications. At Loft, we value respectful debate and people who aren’t afraid to challenge assumptions.  We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t ‘check all the boxes.

About This Role:

    • Deploy and manage the virtual and physical test assets
    • Maintain Loft automated test tools (CI/CD pipelines in Gitlab), processes, and physical assets (hardware-in-the-loop test benches)
    • Working with multiple internal stakeholders to gather requirements
    • Develop and implement improvements to test infrastructure

Must Haves:

    • Ability to troubleshoot and effectively communicate issues and solutions
    • Familiarity with Linux system management
    • Ability to set up automated hardware in the loop (HIL) test benches
    • Competency with one or more scripting languages
    • Scrappy and inventive: you will be working with cutting edge technologies and proprietary tools

Nice to Haves:

    • Experience with one or more continuous integration tools
    • Understanding of how to create, configure, and manage Docker containers
    • Recent Python experience
    • Recent experience setting up Gitlab CI/CD pipelines
    • Aptitude for gathering requirements from multiple stakeholders and implementing test infrastructure improvements

For this role we are open to the person being based in any of our 3 locations. Loft is an international company and specific details of our benefits may vary depending on locations. In all locations we provide:

      • Comprehensive Healthcare
      • Equity in our company
      • Generous paid time off/holiday
      • Relocation assistance
      • Cross office travel opportunities between San Francisco, Colorado, and Toulouse, France
      • Generous maternity and paternity leave
      • Off-sites and many happy hours
      • Foreign language classes
If you are successful in your application we can provide you with the exact details.
About Loft Orbital
Loft Orbital provides the fastest and simplest path to orbit for organizations that require information from space. We operate satellites, fly customer payloads onboard, and handle the entire mission from initial concept through in-orbit operations. This service is powered by our hardware and software products that enable any payload to fly on a standard satellite, reducing the lead-time and risk of a traditional space mission. Our standard interfacing and mission operations products enable us to fly any kind of payload, such as imagers, RF systems, scientific experiments, national security missions, in-orbit demonstrations, and weather and climate sensors.  Our customers trust us to manage their space infrastructure, so they can focus on what matters most to them: operate their mission and collect their data.
We build “shareable” satellites to make it easier and faster for our customers to access space.
This means that we embark multiple customers on the same satellite to do things like take pictures, support IoT connectivity, act as blockchain nodes, etc. By doing so, we can fit customers into both missions already planned for launch, or satellites already deployed in space!
This service is powered by our hardware and software products that provide standardized interfaces to our customers, reducing the lead-time and risk of a traditional space mission.
What’s also special about Loft is that our developers get satellite pilot training and certification. It’s pretty unique, especially when you finally get to take your very first own picture of Earth from space!
At Loft, you’ll be given the autonomy and ownership to solve significant challenges, but with a close-knit and supportive team at your back. We believe that diversity and community are the foundation of an open culture. We are committed to hiring the best people regardless of background and make their time at Loft the most fulfilling period of their career.
We value kind, supportive and team-oriented collaborators. It is also crucial for us that you are a problem solver and a great communicator. As our team is international, you will need strong English skills to better collaborate, easily communicate complex ideas and convey important messages.
As an international company your resume will be reviewed by people across our offices so please attach a copy in English.
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