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SpaceX // design, manufacture & launch of advanced rockets & spacecraft
Engineering, Full Time    Redmond, WA, United States    Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 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.


SpaceX is looking for RF/microwave engineers of all levels for their Seattle office. The candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team focused on developing all elements of new high performance wireless digital communication systems from antenna to protocol level. 


  • Simulate/model RF front-end systems, working with system architects, modem/DSP & ASIC engineers to partition functions between hardware & software domains
  • Derive RF HW specifications for the RF system & RF blocks
  • Develop RF/microwave circuits, components, MMICs, board & packages
  • Evaluate & characterize prototypes & RF components
  • Characterize & analyze full radio performance
  • Assist in the development of automated test equipment for lab measurements
  • Work with manufacturing engineers on production testing of RF avionics components & systems


  • Bachelors degree in an engineering discipline
  • 6+ years of research and/or industry experience in RF/microwave circuit design


  • Masters degree or PhD in an engineering discipline with emphasis in RF/microwave circuits or electromagnetic theory
  • Experience with design of linear & non-linear circuits such as power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, mixers, filters & PLLs
  • Thorough understanding of RF passive components
  • Familiar with radio related test equipment such as spectrum analyzers, vector signal analyzers, vector signal generator, network analyzers
  • Experience characterizing radio performance at microwave frequencies
  • Knowledge of digital communication systems, spread spectrum, single & multi-carrier techniques & modulation types such as QPSK, APSK & QAM
  • RF/microwave design using ADS, HFSS, AWR or similar
  • Understanding of electromagnetic propagation & antenna systems
  • Schematic & layout using Altium Designer or other PCB design tool
  • Experience in Matlab, Python, C++ or equivalent tools for modeling & analyzing RF systems
  • Python and/or LabVIEW programming experience for test automation
  • Digital communication theory with emphasis on bit error rate & system noise figure
  • RF/microwave design in the Ku, Ka, V & E-band frequency range


  • 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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