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Space Software Engineer

Pacific Defense

This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted May 7, 2022.

*Due to the sensitive nature of our work, U.S. citizenship is required*

Position Title: Space Software Engineer

Location: El Segundo, CA

Who we are:

Pacific Defense Strategies, a small non-traditional company rapidly developing advanced electronic systems for space RF payload applications, is looking for a Space Software Engineer to join our team.

Pacific Defense is pushing the boundaries of innovation, redefining engineering capabilities and challenging the status quo of traditional space development. We approach rapid prototyping employing a commercial mentality into the space industry. Products are designed from the outset for modern, AI-driven autonomy and open standards aligned hardware and software solutions. This includes state-of-the-art processing that can readily follow the evolution of commercial technology with complete data sharing across networks and platforms. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized products for the space sector while providing a decisive advantage to our customers. Come be a part of our team!

Pacific Defense Space Systems is actively seeking a highly motivated, naturally curious, driven software leader to apply their engineering skills to rapid deployment of space capable payloads and systems for USG and commercial customers. A drive to innovate and a strong engineering background are key attributes needed to develop with our team and deliver rapid capabilities across various platforms. Are you tired of working in a large matrix organization saddled by bureaucracy, led by individuals who have not walked a mile in the technical shoes needed to make coherent decisions and deliver on-time and on-budget for customers? Apply your appetite to grow with our team creating, innovating, and delivering the next wave of disruptive space technologies.

The ideal candidate is an innovative, technically grounded, rationale decision maker who objectively use facts and data to guide solutions. The candidate possesses real-world, hands-on programming experience, combined with a depth and breadth of knowledge applicable to space applications with a focus on command and control of space electronic systems. The individual is a growth-oriented engineering leader looking to break from the functional bureaucracy found in most large aerospace corporations. They are willing to take on challenges outside of their comfort zone and execute on assignments. The candidate demonstrates a collaborative personality, strong communication skills, and is self-motivated. An ability to execute on tasks without supervision is critical, as well as recognizing and anticipating additional scope necessary to deliver complete solutions. This person isn’t afraid to ask “why?” and challenge the status quo when it unnecessarily constrains the solution space. The individual is rooted by engineering and not afraid to expand and broaden their education, and experience. Knowledge of techniques and procedures for mitigation of radiation effects with demonstrated experience is highly desired. Additionally, the candidate either has experience or is excited to gain experience in business development. This candidate is interested in space and looking to make a difference.

We seek people who want to get their hands dirty in all phases of the life cycle and seek to make important decisions through data driven rationale pushing the limits of what is achievable on highly accelerated time frames.


Here is what you bring to the table:
Familiarity with systems design principles and ability to identify and solve system engineering problems related to software
Experience with space software architecture, specification, design, integration, and testing
Strong understanding of software engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, and computer architectures for space
Demonstrated experience and success using high-level programming languages and operating systems (C/C++, C#, Linux)
Experience following processes to ensure quality and predictability of software development (Agile)
Strong mathematical background with applied mathematics or algorithms
Ability to design, analyze, and evaluate software products for space applications
Knowledge of software integration, test, and verification
Basic understanding of General-Purpose Graphical Processing Units (GPGPUs)
Develop complex models or simulations and apply advanced computer programs, analytical techniques, or control strategies to effectively meet requirements and resolve problems
Act as principal investigator developing solutions and preparing related recommendations and reports
Experience using Agile/DevSecOps methods and Jira, Confluence, Jenkins, GIT, Maven, and Gitlab tools
Critical thinker, with prudent risk tolerance to balance risk and technology with requirements, cost, and schedule
Competitive spirit accepting of challenges with a willingness to learn and recover from mistakes
Willingness to learn and explore on your own, and travel, when necessary, in support of business goals
Proven ability to work and lead in a small team environment
Strong written and oral communication skills with experience presenting technical material
US Citizen, with ability to gain/regain security clearance
Minimum Qualifications:
Appropriate level of experience
Minimum Education: B.S. computer science/engineering. mathematics, physics, electrical engineering or similar engineering degree
Nice to have:
Knowledge and experience with software open systems standards
Applied systems engineering skill set with knowledge of software for space applications
Master’s degree or beyond in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar
Introductory level understanding of orbital mechanics and/or astrodynamics for modeling and simulation
Experience using National Instruments hardware, drivers, and application software such as VeriStand, TestStand, and LabVIEW
Experience with AFSIM, Matlab/Simulink, Octave and C++, or similar types of modeling and simulation platforms
Experience with Python, Bash, and other languages, knowledge of linux, cFS, and or sel4 for space applications is a plus
Experience in RF, digital signal processing (DSP), and/or optical communications including lab and test equipment
Knowledge of software for RF signal processing applications, and tracking algorithms
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships internally and with external customers and suppliers
Experience with GPU programming and parallel processing
Experience bidding, estimating, and proposing software projects and programs
Experience with business development, capture, and program execution
TS/SCI Security clearance


What we can offer you:

Pacific Defense provides competitive salaries, performance bonuses at all levels, and immediately vested 401K match. We cover 100% medical, dental, vision, and life insurance premiums, as well as a flexible spending account for incidental health care expenses. We offer paid time off and federal holidays to spend time with family, pursue outside interests, or just get some extra rest.

AAP/EEO Statement – Pacific Defense is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.