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Operations and Automation Engineer

Muon Space

Muon Space

Software Engineering, Operations
Mountain View, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

About the role

Muon seeks an operations and automation engineer to join our Engineering team. You will be at the forefront of our satellite and specialty sensing operations, ensuring the seamless functioning, monitoring, and maintenance of our fleet of satellites in space. Your primary responsibility will be to execute satellite operation procedures, troubleshoot anomalies, and implement corrective actions to ensure optimal performance and longevity of our satellites. In addition, you will be responsible for designing and implementing automation solutions related to monitoring and maintaining the health and safety of satellites on orbit.

This role may be remote or located at our headquarters in Mountain View, California.


  • As operations and automation engineer, you will be responsible for building and implementing automation solutions for spacecraft and ground station operations for flawless execution of simultaneous missions and an increasing manifest with a small team of operators
  • Collaborate with engineers across all disciplines to execute satellite operation plans and maintain continuity of satellite services.
  • Analyze telemetry data and satellite health reports to assess system performance, identify potential issues, and proactively implement preventive measures.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve anomalies and system malfunctions, utilizing established procedures and your technical expertise to restore satellite functionality promptly.
  • Plan and coordinate satellite maneuvers, including orbit corrections and station-keeping, to optimize satellite positions and performance.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to support the integration of new satellites into the fleet and ensure a smooth transition from launch to operational phase.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • 1+ years of project or industry experience operating or automating complex systems
  • Experience with Python, Julia, or another high-level scripting language
  • Strong communication and teamwork abilities, with a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to make critical decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, take initiative, and communicate effectively

Nice-to-have Skills

  • Experience with automating complex systems
  • Operations experience with spacecraft, ground stations, or other complex communication systems
  • Strong understanding of satellite subsystems, including power, propulsion, communication, and payload.
  • Familiarity with industry standards and best practices in satellite operations, including ITU and FCC regulations.

ITAR/EAR Requirements:

This position requires access to export controlled information. To conform to U.S. Government export regulations applicable to that information, applicant must either be (A) a U.S. person, defined as a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (green card holder), (iii) refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, (B) eligible to access the export controlled information without a required export authorization, or (C) eligible and reasonably likely to obtain the required export authorization from the applicable U.S. government agency. The Company may, for legitimate business reasons, decline to pursue any export licensing process.


The salary range for this role is 95K-190K and will depend on a candidate's skills, qualifications, and experience as defined during the interview process.

About Muon Space

Founded in 2021, Muon Space is an end-to-end Space Systems Provider that designs, builds, and operates LEO satellite constellations delivering mission-critical data. Our revolutionary, integrated technology stack enables customers to optimize every dimension of their missions for faster time-to-orbit and superior constellation remote sensing performance. Our state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Silicon Valley is optimized for manufacturing spacecraft and rapid, flexible payload integration at scale. From climate monitoring to national security, Muon Space is dedicated to delivering Earth Intelligence for a safer and more resilient world.

Taking Care of Our Team

At Muon salary is only part of our total compensation package. In addition to salary, we provide equity compensation as well as benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401k retirement plan, life insurance, and an employee development program. We also offer three weeks paid vacation for new employees, along with 12 paid holidays, unlimited sick time and paid parental leave.

Our mission embraces the entire planet and we believe our team should too. Muon is dedicated to creating a diverse and dynamic company and workforce. We believe in equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or gender identity. We value diversity in the workplace, and that starts with our applicants. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't check all the boxes, and we look forward to reviewing your application! In addition, if you need a reasonable accommodation as part of your application for employment or interviews with us, please let us know.