RF Signal Processing Engineer (Avionics) Job at SpaceX – 3.7 in Hawthorne, CA

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.


Develop algorithms and signal processing for modem and sensor systems for spacecraft

Create simulations of modem and sensor performance

Verify end-to-end performance of integrated system including hardware and software – with realistic test setups

Support real-world operation and demonstration of comm systems and sensors

Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with emphasis in communication systems and digital signal processing

2+ years of experience designing and verifying modems and sensor signal processing

Advanced degree in electrical engineering with emphasis in communication systems and digital signal processing

Expertise in developing signal processing algorithms in Matlab, C/C++, or Python

Experience modeling RF and channel impairments such as multipath, phase noise, group delay, fading and nonlinear distortion

Familiarity with radio related test equipment such as spectrum analyzers and signal generators

Understanding of link budgets and RF system noise analysis, as well as intermodulation analysis, and trade-offs of up conversion and down conversion topologies

Understanding of RF concepts such as AGC, noise figure, power amplifier, phase noise, PLL, oscillators/mixers

Experience with continuous wave or pulse radar

Experience in coherent digital demodulation of waveforms such as BPSK, QPSK, QAM, PCM/FM, APSK, OFDM, including spread spectrum

Experience with verification between simulation and HDL/RTL FPGA implementation

Familiarity with Software-Defined Radios (SDR)

Excellent communication and documentation skills, and ability to collaborate with other engineering disciplines

Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed

Must be willing to acquire TS or TS/SCI clearance if required in future.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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. 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.

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About the Company

Company: SpaceX – 3.7

Company Location:  Hawthorne, CA

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