Electrical Engineer

Santa Clara, California /
Engineers – Electrical Engineer /
The Electrical Engineer will participate in both flight spacecraft system development and research projects in collaboration with science and engineering staff. This is a hands-on role that requires theoretical understanding and practical application of power electronics, high frequency switching systems, high voltage systems, circuit design, rapid prototyping, and related disciplines.  The ideal candidate has 4 plus years of design and development experience and an Electrical Engineering BS, MS, or PhD.  Prior experience with space applications preferred. 

Key Responsibilities:

    •  Specify, architect, design, and develop innovative analog and mixed-signal electronic systems, especially high voltage power electronics systems. 
    •  Produce system level, sub-system level, and block level design including circuit architecture, circuit element selection, circuit and sub-system simulations. 
    •  Develop and use mixed-signal behavioral models and behavioral simulation techniques and tools to verify sub-system and system functionality and performance. 
    • Contribute to package selection/evaluation and validation of board and packaging design. 
    • Create validation plans and scripts, and collect and assess validation results. 
    • Support cross-functional teams including digital design, product engineering, test engineering, and production engineering 
    • Create clear and thorough documentation of design and product development activities to ensure high quality designs and to support dissemination of important design information to cross-functional teams 

Desired Skills:

    • Experience preparing and leading major engineering design reviews throughout the development lifecycle with an outward facing role to the customer. 
    •  Experience in various phases of the aerospace electronics component development cycle. 
    • Knowledge of front-end product development, including generating requirements, mechanical and thermal packaging, analog and digital design, and transition to production 
    •  Working knowledge of electronic component qualification requirements, including EMI/EMC and survivability. 
    • Electrical circuit simulation (ORCAD, PSPICE, LTSPICE) 
    • Electrical circuit analysis 
    • High reliability electronics development 
    • Prior spacecraft electrical engineering experience, especially high voltage systems 
    • Working knowledge of electronics product acceptance test methodologies and special test equipment. 
    • Strong technical communication skills 
    • Good written and verbal communication skills. 
    • Experience adapting and modifying ground based COTS system for space qualification is a big plus 

Education & Work Experience

    • Minimum: BS plus 4 years design experience, 
    • Preferred: BS, MS, or PhD in Electrical Engineering plus 8 years analog and power electronics design and verification experience 

Key features of the job include

    • High level of empowerment and autonomy to build, test and fly hardware in under a year from concept to flight based on proprietary technology 
    • Stock options in a highly valued venture funded startup 
    • Membership in a dynamic team of gifted and intellectually diverse professionals 
    • Excellent benefits and bonus structures 
Salary and option compensation is commensurate with experience and training and competitive with Series A level Silicon Valley space startups but with exceptionally good benefits. This is a full time position in Santa Clara California.

This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services. U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, protected person status under 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or U.S. Government export authorization is required.