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SpaceX // design, manufacture & launch of advanced rockets & spacecraft
Engineering, Full Time    Redmond, WA, United States    Posted: Thursday, July 01, 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.


As a thermal engineer, you are responsible of the thermal design, test & validation of Starlink satellite hardware. You will make engineering decisions to improve the vehicle & increase the performance of the Starlink network.


  • Thermal design of satellite components, from initial high-level analysis down to validation of performance with ground tests & orbital data.
  • Automate workflow to reduce engineering investment in the design cycle.
  • Pursue performance/robustness improvements.
  • Pursue operational simplicity & seek to reduce burden on other groups at SpaceX.
  • Produce quality documentation of your work to reduce miss-rate & improve efficiency.
  • Review peer work.


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline.
  • At least 1 year of experience using scientific programming languages, such as MATLAB or Python.


  • Masters degree in an engineering discipline.
  • Experience with Thermal Desktop & ANSYS Workbench.
  • Experience with 3-D & reduced order thermal modeling.
  • Ability to identify sizing cases & quickly evaluate the impact of design decisions.
  • Working knowledge of scripting languages.
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver against an aggressive schedule.


  • Must be available to work extended hours & weekends as needed.


  • 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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