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Avionics Systems Engineer II

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Software Engineering
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

Company Overview:

A rocket company at the core, Relativity Space is on a mission to become the next great commercial launch company. Meeting the needs of a growing demand for space infrastructure, our rockets will revolutionize how we connect and communicate on Earth by getting satellites to space. We have developed a vertically integrated technology platform in which we leverage additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics to 3D print rockets. Our unique approach enables rapid product iteration, allowing us to push the boundaries of what's possible today and unlock the full potential of 3D printing for tomorrow. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.


The Avionics team is responsible for the full lifecycle of all electronics and supporting hardware central to operating Relativity's rockets. The team designs, builds, tests, integrates, and operates the hardware which controls the rocket in flight, downlinks critical telemetry, keeps the public safe, and deploys our customers' payloads to orbit! Our hardware enables Relativity to reliably control our rockets while maintaining the flexibility to rapidly iterate our designs. As a member of this team, you will design innovative hardware solutions capable of surviving harsh launch and space environments. Your designs will support multiple vehicle systems such as sensors, propulsion, computing, actuation, energy management, and communications.

What you’ll do:

Relativity seeks a highly talented Avionics System Engineer to join the Avionics organization. This position will take a design from a prototype to a flight-ready system through a complex test and verification campaign. This role will own the certification, analysis, and testing of safety-critical avionics components, and work with internal teams, vendors, and regulatory agencies to ensure the system meets all requirements.

Your main objectives in this role will be:

  • Take avionics hardware from development-level maturity to a flight-ready system
  • Work with government agencies to ensure compliance to all safety requirements
  • Establish schedule and test plans to qualify all safety critical hardware/software
  • Produce analyses to validate the system design

This role is heavy in certification activities--attention to detail with clear and precise communication skills are crucial.

What you need to know:

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree (BS/MS/PhD) in a relevant engineering discipline (Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, etc.)
  • Demonstrated capability manage a hardware/software project to completion.
  • Experience designing, developing, and testing avionics or similar electrical hardware.
  • Experience tailoring design and test requirements with government agencies.
  • Ability to perform analysis to clearly demonstrate fault architecture meets requirements.

Nice to have but not required:

  • Prior work on a launch vehicle or space system
  • Experience with USSF Range Safety and/or FAA launch vehicle license regulations
  • Experience designing and testing hardware per common aerospace industry standards such as RCC-319, AFSPCMAN 91-710, MIL-STD-810, SMC-S-016, MIL-STD-461
  • Experience with failure analysis and anomaly resolution

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:
Hiring Range:
$108,000$138,000 USD