Mission Design Engineer (Top Secret Clearance)

  • Full Time
  • USA
  • Posted 1 month ago
  • Active TS or TS/SCI clearance. You must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Must be able to travel, <10% of the time.

Company Details

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

In this role, you will lead the modeling and simulation of various launch vehicles, spacecraft, and sensors, as well as analyzing a wide variety of solutions to meet mission needs. You will have great latitude to be creative, conceiving and testing various approaches to determine which is best suited to meet technical and programmatic objectives. You will work with multi-disciplinary team to recommend candidate approaches, and support the development of operational concepts and the interfaces at the mission, segment, system, and sub-system levels. You will identify key performance parameters and constraints to enable mission success and future capabilities.

We are looking for engineers who enjoy solving complex problems, can work effectively in a fast-paced environment and are passionate about advancing the space industry. This is a high impact role that contributes to SpaceX mission to get humans to Mars


  • Build tools and perform analyses of various architectures that include space vehicles, satellites, sensors, communications, and ground infrastructure, evolving or creating new approaches based on analysis results
  • Create and catalog a library of system models of space and ground systems, for inclusion in the simulation environment
  • Evaluate the effectivity of various approaches, balancing mission objectives against factors such as development and operational costs
  • Communicate across SpaceX engineering disciplines and technology areas to integrate capabilities
  • Communicate technical capabilities and analyses with internal stakeholders and external customers
  • Play an integral part of an agile team that will continuously iterate on spacecraft and mission design through all phases of the program


  • Bachelor’s degree in physics or an engineering discipline
  • Experience with orbital design and analysis, modeling, simulation and ability to conduct orbital trade
  • Experience with the software languagess C++ and Python
  • Experience developing and executing physics-based space vehicle models and simulation


  • Master’s degree in physics or an engineering discipline
  • Demonstrated project or professional experience in launch vehicle and/or spacecraft systems
  • Demonstrated background in space mission planning
  • Demonstrated background in multi-disciplinary optimization techniques
  • Experience with sensor systems across the RF and optical spectrum
  • Capability to solve complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal


  • Active TS or TS/SCI clearance. Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions. If so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Must be able to travel, <10% of the time


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000. 


Tagged as: simulation, modeling, c/python, launch vehicle, spacecraft systems, orbital design/analysis, sensor systems, rf/optical spectrum

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