Avionics Lead Electrical Engineer - Designer (CS-10)

Capella Space

San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 03/04/2021
  • Website: capellaspace.com
  • Company Address: , San Francisco, CA

About Capella Space

Capella Space is an information services company that provides on-demand sub 0.5m very high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation imagery.

Job Description


Capella is at the forefront of making vital information about our world accessible in a timely manner.We’re leveraging proven technologies and building new capabilities to create a constellation of SAR satellites that can collect information about any spot on the planet within an hour.At Capella you’ll workin a collaborative team environment, alongside smart people with a history of space mission success. No prior space experience is needed—we’re looking for people excited about tackling seemingly impossible challenges, learning new skills and concepts, and helping each other achieve success.Our mission and our products are meant to understand the whole world and help everyone in it, regardless of race, creed, or any other distinction. We believe in a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we encourage all people to join our team and bring their unique perspective to help make us stronger.We value diversity at Capella and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position, but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!


Capella Is looking for an energetic lead hardware design engineer with experience In designing, testing, and troubleshooting prototype and space flight systems down to the component level. This role will Include leading a team of electrical engineers along with performing design tasks to support next generation electronics. In this position you will be a key member of a small group of engineers responsible for the core avionics of the satellite, including digital and analog systems. You will have great responsibility and autonomy to deliver a product from beginning to end. You will be expected to work with the other members on defining the overall system architecture, design, parts selection, and testing approaches.

Desired Qualifications (Not All Are Expected):

  • 7-10+ years of experience designing, testing, and troubleshooting complex board designs and avionics systems In a hardware R&D lab environment
  • Understanding of hardware evaluation methodologies, including development of test cases/suites, performance analysis, test automation, and data analysis
  • Extensive knowledge of oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, thermal chambers, and other test equipment
  • Expert knowledge of signal Integrity and experience with applying It and Identifying Issues
  • Familiarity with I2C, SPI, PCIe, USB, etc
  • Expert knowledge of modern analog and digital electronics
  • Expert knowledge of Altium design tools or other similar electronic CAD tools
  • Ability to understand an embedded electronics architecture and Identify Its strengths and weaknesses
  • Experience with designing high reliability systems Is a bonus
  • Experience working on space flight projects

Required Qualifications:

  • This position requires special access to conduct the work and requires the selected candidate to be a US Citizen or Green Card holder.


In addition to an opportunity to take part in an innovative and fast-growing business with a highly motivated and skilled team, we also take pride in taking care of our employees. Here are just a few ways that we show our appreciation:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Gourmet-style lunches in offices
  • Weekly Capella community events
  • Equity
  • Commuter benefits including Transit Flex Spending and baywheels membership
  • Dog-friendly work environment (SF)

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