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Software Engineer III (Computer Vision)

Sierra Space

Sierra Space

Software Engineering
Louisville, CO, USA · Louisville, KY, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Do you have a passion for space, a love of engineering, and a desire to support our nation’s heroes? Do you want to be a part of the future facets of space? We dream big at Sierra Space Corporation— from space exploration, habitation, and services development to keeping our service members safe and creating the systems that keep our world united and sustain our way of living. If this appeals to you, JOIN US! You will be part of an extraordinary team that is passionate about the mission, relentless in our commitments, driven to exceptionalism, and bold in thinking.

Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina; designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space.

Sierra Space’s Orbital Systems and Services (OSS) division focuses on the design, build, and operations of small satellites in support of commercial services and national security space and offers two work locations: Louisville, Colorado and Centennial, Colorado.

As a Software Engineer, you will be using your skills and expertise to assist in the analysis of our existing software and systems and the definition, design, and development of new software and system requirements. You'll provide creative and agile solutions to keep our business competitive. You'll be responsible for performing coding, debugging, testing, and troubleshooting of our systems and software throughout our application development process and analyzing system capabilities to resolve problems on program intent, output requirements, input data acquisition, programming techniques, and controls.

Specifically, as a Computer Vision Software Engineer, you will generate synthetic imagery, develop image exploitation algorithms, test and field algorithms to real-time hardware, and work with the navigation team to develop novel concepts for multiple in-space applications.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or other related discipline and typically 6 or more years of relevant experience

  • Understanding of Computer Aided Engineering tools

  • Practical knowledge of engineering principles and practices

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams


  • Active Top Secret U.S. Security Clearance and/or the ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance is required for this position. Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances

  • Highly preferred: Experience with computer, machine, or robotic vision systems including sensors and sensor processing

  • Experience with computer vision

  • Experience with feature detection and tracking

  • Experience with synthetic image generation

  • Experience with GPUs

  • Domain expertise in Flight Software or Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) Flight Software, spacecraft Integration and Test (I&T), spacecraft operations

  • Tools expertise: C/C++, Python, MATLAB, Simulink, STK, DOORS, Rhapsody, DXL, JIRA, Excel VBA, OpenCV

  • ​Certified through Scrum Alliance for Product Owner or Scrum Master

Important Notice:
To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant 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 or U.S. Department of Commerce.

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret U.S. Security Clearance. U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance for employment. Non-U.S. Citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF), a federal government agency, handles the adjudicative aspects of the security clearance eligibility process for industry applicants. Adjudicative factors which affect the outcome of the eligibility determination include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the U.S., foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and illegal drug use.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Physical/Mental/Emotional Requirements:

  • Frequently walk, sit, stand, climb stairs and steps
  • Frequently repeat same hand, arm, and finger motion many times to include finger and hand dexterity
  • Rarely lifting or carrying up to 20 lbs.

Working Conditions:

  • Rarely exposed to outdoor elements (high/low temperatures, sun, rain/snow, etc.)
  • Rarely exposed to fumes or hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Rarely exposed to loud noises
Estimated Starting Salary Range: $104,827.91 - $144,138.38. Sierra Space considers several factors when extending job offers, including but not limited to candidates’ key skills, relevant work experience, and education/training/certifications.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.