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Sr. Digital Electronics Engineer (Starship)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2022

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 senior member of the avionics electronics design team, you will have the exciting opportunity to be responsible for creating and driving the architecture and design of flight hardware! You will demonstrate extreme ownership of this hardware through deep understanding of its functionality, design, and requirements from concept through flight. You will work with other disciplines and contribute at a system level to ensure that your design meets mission needs and provides direct impact on mission success. Our development timelines are aggressive and you will be asked to rigorously explore solutions for previously unsolved problems.

On the Starship Avionics design team, you will be working on the systems of this new vehicle architecture from its development phase into flight operations of this orbital class vehicle. We are looking for people who want to jump in and immediately get their hands dirty in circuit design, bring-up and validation testing, and people who are not afraid to make important decisions with data driven rationale that affect design architecture and missions. Every day we push the limits of what is possible through innovation, determination, and teamwork and we’re only just beginning.


  • Rapidly design, develop, and test highly reliable electronics for the Starship vehicle program
  • Responsible for the electrical architecture, product requirements and capabilities, component selection, design analysis, schematic capture, prototyping, flight design, bring-up, debugging, circuit validation, product management, release to manufacturing, and test
  • Write and execute verification test plans, test procedures, and test reports for avionics
  • Support and prepare architectural system trades
  • Support analysis and data review for Starship vehicle operations
  • Work with experts from other teams and departments to drive changes that make the system more efficient, more manufacturable, and more reliable. Challenge assumptions and build strong professional relationships


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
  • 5+ years of professional experience with embedded digital electronics design


  • 7+ years of professional experience with embedded digital electronics design
  • Strong experience with digital and mixed signal circuit schematic capture and board design, including: microcontrollers, processors, memory interfaces, digital interface buses, point of load power distribution
  • Strong experience with digital system simulation, analysis, and design of high-speed digital circuits
  • Experience with system verification and validation including use of laboratory test equipment and proper probing techniques for circuit development and verification
  • Exposed to board level rework to support development and testing
  • Experience managing the logistics and details around printed circuit board fabrication and assembly
  • Proficient utilizing software code/scripting to support design activities (Excel, MATLAB, Python)
  • Experience testing for electromagnetic compatibility
  • Experience with requirement management
  • Experience running system level architectural trades
  • Prefer experience in high reliability circuit design
  • Excellent technical documentation skills
  • Strong cross functional project management skills and the ability to collaborate with other engineering disciplines
  • Excellent presentation, communication, and documentation skills


  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
  • Must be willing to travel (< 25%)


Pay range:
Digital Electronics Engineer/Senior: $130,000.00 - $180,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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 and qualifications and 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 SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.