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SpaceX // design, manufacture & launch of advanced rockets & spacecraft
 
Engineering, Full Time    Redmond, WA, United States    Posted: Monday, August 16, 2021
 
   
 
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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.

ANTENNA ENGINEER (STARLINK)

Starlink is SpaceXs ambitious program to bring high quality internet to the globe by building a constellation of thousands of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) which we launched on our Falcon 9 reusable rockets earlier this year. We are developing millions of devices for end users to link our customers to our satellites. SpaceX is looking for antenna engineers with experience in small antenna design, phased array & reflector antenna systems, and/or antenna test & design validation.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design of advanced antenna & feed systems in support of next generation products including phased array & reflector products
  • Fabricate & characterize prototypes of antennas, feed systems & RF front ends
  • Contribute to development of software & testing of digital beamforming systems to demonstrate full phased array functionality
  • Provide phased array expertise to set specifications & debug problems covering satellite & consumer phased array products
  • Contribute to various aspects of the integration of the antennas into spacecraft & other systems
  • Analyze in-the-field operational RF performance data of units & investigate methods to improve performance & debug issues

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of research or development experience in the general areas of RF & antennas (internship & thesis work acceptable)
  • 1+ years of experience using one of the 3D EM simulation tools such as CST, HFSS, FEKO,  EMPro, TICRA or XFDTD

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Masters degree or PhD in electrical engineering with some research/thesis work on RF or antennas
  • Experience with basic RF concepts such as impedance matching, linear & aperture antennas, smith chart, power handling metrics (IIP2, IMD), microwave network analysis, RF filter design
  • 1+ years of programming experience in Python, C#, C++, or MATLAB 
  • Familiar with antenna measurement techniques & tools such as anechoic/reverb chambers, near field EM measurements
  • Familiar with one of the mainstream RF circuit simulation tools: AWR, ADS, Genesys
  • Familiar with antenna prototyping tools & techniques
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, & demanding startup atmosphere
  • Excellent communication skills both written & verbal
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry & human spaceflight

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Willing to work extended hours & weekends as needed

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence & qualifications & 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 SpaceXs Affirmative Action Plan for veterans & individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

 
 
 
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