Sr Avionics/ Command and Data Handling Subsystem Engineer

Palo Alto, CA
Added: February 9, 2024
At Maxar, our next generation spacecraft range from Earth observation to interplanetary missions, including the Lunar Gateway Power and Propulsion Element (PPE).

We are looking for an experienced Avionics/Command and Data Handling Subsystem Engineer to join our growing team. This position provides an opportunity to develop new avionics architectures for various mission types, including low earth orbit constellation designs. An ideal candidate would have knowledge of existing space avionics hardware and background designing platforms to accommodate this hardware.

As an Avionics Subsystem Engineer, you will act as the engineering focal point for the entire avionics subsystem of a spacecraft being designed. Collaborating closely with a cohort of system and subsystem leads, you will develop avionics subsystem requirements and specifications through analysis and system trade studies, translating customer requests into feasible design solutions. You will assist in flowing down avionics & data handling requirements into unit specifications, subsystem verification tests, and risk reduction plans. You may participate in vendor selection if new unit design is required and will closely coordinate with vendors while tracking unit deliveries to Maxar.


Develop subsystem designs, perform requirements definition and flowdown, develop interface requirements and designs, and perform verification and validation

Perform trade studies and analyses to evaluate and optimize total system performance to meet customer operation requirements

Evaluate and optimize data bus selection and design

Create telemetry budgets & provide inputs for avionics subsystem sizing

Collaborate with Flight Software, Database, Harness and other engineers, providing command and data handling expertise to other subsystems as needed

Resolve technical issues including those experienced in AIT, and develop solutions with cross-functional teams to assure mission success

Present concepts of operation and other analyses or findings to customers and senior management

Develop and test mission operational products and procedures

Minimum Requirements

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science or a related field

5-8 years of electrical system command and data handling architecture or relevant experience in electrical / avionics engineering for space applications, or an adjacent technical industry

Amazing to have

8+ years of relevant experience, including experience developing solutions to complex technical problems

Demonstratable prior experience in the improvement of legacy systems and development of new systems

Experience in analysis, design, and implementation of hardware systems, including high-speed digital circuit design and embedded processing and control

Experience working with 1553, SpaceWire, CAN, or Ethernet

Experience working with CCSDS and IP (Internet Protocol)

Software development experience to solve problems, implement process improvements, or support automation (e.g. Python, C++, Java, Matlab,VBA, etc.)

Strong collaboration, communication, and team/project leadership skills

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.