Lead Avionics Engineer

Company Details

Masten Space Systems is enabling sustainable access and utilization of the Moon, Mars, and beyond. We’ve been building and flying reusable rockets for nearly two decades with the most successful rocket-powered landings in the industry. We work directly with NASA, defense, and commercial customers to develop the tech it takes to break down the barriers to space. We’re now on a mission to land on the Lunar South Pole - the first of many Masten missions to unlock the value in space for humans on Earth.

Scope of this position includes: Directing and managing the development of robust and high-performance avionic systems for spacecraft. The Lead Avionics Engineer will primarily guide the hardware development for the brains of the XL-1 Lunar lander.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Will oversee complete avionics life cycle development for our lunar lander.
  • Will lead and manage the development of complex avionics systems with a specific hardware focus including systems design, requirements management, project finalization, development, integration, test, and verification.
  • Experience defining subsystems requirements for both HW and SW.
  • Interface and control definition and coordination across all spacecraft avionics systems.
  • Will provide strong technical leadership, people management, and mentorship to all team members.
  • Day-to-day management tasks: assigning work, accountability, performance reviews, etc.
  • Proficiency in PCB layout software (Altium preferred).
  • Good understanding of analog/mixed-signal design principles.
  • Experience in at least one prior position with “cradle-to-grave” system design (i.e. not just incremental updates to legacy designs).
  • Working knowledge of industry-wide best practices (Design for Manufacture/Test, DFx – Design for Excellence, High Reliability).
  • A solid grasp of grounding and signal integrity fundamentals.
  • Detailed knowledge of EMC/EMI including test creation and execution.
  • Full-lifecycle system design from requirements definition to schematic capture, layout.
  • Owning an entire subsystem and providing support through flight operations.
  • Designing or supporting the design of test hardware to help fully characterize flight hardware behavior.

Required skills & experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or similar STEM discipline – advanced degree preferred.
  • A strong understanding of spacecraft avionics, flight control, navigation as well as all integrated systems.
  • Full-lifecycle complex avionic hardware design from initial requirements captured, through the schematic capture, PCB layout, DFM/DFT, and product V&V.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a similar capacity, ideally increasing in scope and responsibility to a Lead or Management level position.
  • Proficiency in PCB layout software (Altium preferred).
  • Good understanding of analog/mixed-signal design principles.
  • Experience in at least one prior position with “cradle-to-grave” system design (i.e. not just incremental updates to legacy designs).
  • Working knowledge of industry-wide best practices (Design for Manufacture/Test, DFx – Design for Excellence, High Reliability).
  • A solid grasp of grounding and signal integrity fundamentals.

Preferred Skills/Expertise:

  • Understanding of aero/MIL standards relating to PCB/PWB design and parts reliability (IPC-2221, MIL-PRF-31032, NASA-EE-INST-002, AEC-Q100/101/200).
  • Experience working with motor control and/or power electronics (gate drivers for IGBT/MOSFET).
  • High-speed (SERDES, PCIe, Ethernet, USB 2.0/3.0) design experience.

Professional requirements:

All applicants must be U.S. persons as defined in the U.S. export control laws (22 CFR §120.15) and regulations to include: U.S. citizen, national, lawful permanent resident, or individual admitted to the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

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