SR. ANTENNA ENGINEER, STARSHIP AVIONICS
MAKING HUMANITY MULTIPLANETARY.
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.
SR. ANTENNA ENGINEER
The Avionics RF team is responsible for communication systems and RF sensors on our spacecraft and launch vehicles. New development will largely focus on our Starship vehicle. We design systems and architectures that enable new vehicle capabilities, and take the necessary components and products from concept to flight. Join our mission to take humans back to the lunar surface, ultimately enabling us to establish permanent communities on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
- Design of antennas for communications and sensors, in VHF through Ka-band
- Build and characterize antenna, feed, filter, and front-end prototypes
- Multidisciplinary collaboration to improve RF manufacturing, mechanical, and testability
- Analyze wireless systems (antenna isolation, patterns with large structures, propagation effects, etc.)
- Provide antenna expertise and RF radiation expertise (plasma attenuation, shielding, etc.) to various aspects of the spacecraft
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with emphasis in electromagnetic theory and/or microwave circuits
- 5+ years of professional or project experience in antenna design, build, test and/or electromagnetic simulations
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree or PhD in electrical engineering with research/thesis work on RF or antennas
- Experience with test equipment such as spectrum analyzer, signal generator, network analyzer, power meters, and RF passive components
- Proficiency with basic RF concepts such as impedance matching, linear and aperture antennas, smith chart, power handling metrics (IIP2, IMD), microwave network analysis, RF filter design
- Familiar with antenna measurement techniques and tools such as anechoic/reverb chambers, near field EM measurements
- Experience with electrical schematic capture software (Altium, Orcad or similar)
- Familiar with RF circuit simulation tools for cascade analysis: AWR, ADS, Genesys
- Experience with electromagnetics simulation tools such as HFSS, CST, Savant, or similar – including tradeoffs of FEM, MoM, FDTD, and PO methods
- Experience with Python, MATLAB, or C/C++ programming for data analysis or test equipment interfacing
- Basic CAD skills for prototype designs and working directly with mechanical engineers
- Experience with variety of antenna types – including reflectors or phased array design
- Excellent communication and documentation skills, and ability to collaborate with other engineering disciplines
- Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
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.
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