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Senior RF & Telemetry Engineer

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Company Overview:

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.


The Avionics team is responsible for the design, testing, and production of electronic systems on the Terran 1 and Terran R launch vehicles. As a member of this team, you will be responsible for avionics hardware designs that work with multiple vehicle systems including but not limited to vehicle sensors, propulsion, computing, actuation, energy management, and communications. Avionics operation is critical to the successful flight of Terran 1, the world’s first 3D printed rocket.

What you’ll do:

  • Drive the design and development of launch vehicle electronics hardware such as flight computers, power distribution systems, actuator systems, navigation systems, communication systems, etc
  • Work with partner teams such as propulsion, GNC, mechanisms, launch, etc. to define system requirements, interfaces, and understand system performance impacts of avionics designs
  • Make complex technical decisions (risk tradeoffs, evaluation of trade studies, anomaly investigations, etc.) based on physical principles and experience
  • Foster strong engineering culture in the team through mentorship, training, and development of engineering processes and principles (design reviews, root cause investigations, etc.)
  • Communicate complex avionics concepts to a wide variety of audiences
  • Bring clarity and direction to ambiguous technical problems
  • Identify opportunities to leverage new technologies in the development of avionics systems

What you need to know:

  • Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (or related technical field)
  • 5+ years of experience in electronics hardware design in at least one of these areas:
    • Power electronics: motor drives and control, DC-DC converters, load switches, high voltage DC electronics
    • Digital electronics: high speed serial interfaces (SPI, PCIe, Ethernet, etc.); memory interfaces; design for SoCs, microcontrollers, and microprocessors
    • Mixed-signal electronics: ADCs, DACs, signal conditioning, amplifier circuits, filter design, etc.
  • Experience with engineering processes such as requirements capture, design reviews, design verification, etc.

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Experience with design of electronics for harsh environments (vibe, thermal, vacuum, radiation, etc.)
  • Experience with design of electronics for mission-critical applications (aviation, automotive, robotics, spacecraft, medical)
  • Experience with system architecture development for complex electronics systems
  • Experience leading a team of engineers
  • Experience partnering and communicating with other engineering and non-engineering departments
  • Experience mentoring engineers in engineering best-practices and domain-specific technical principles

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here: https://px.sequoia.com/relativityspace
Hiring Range:
$159,000$204,000 USD