Senior Software Engineer at Rocket Lab

Posted in Other 19 days ago.

Location: Silver Spring, Maryland

Job Description:


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Rocket Lab's Space Systems team is responsible for every satellite and satellite component made by Rocket Lab: from complete satellites destined for missions to the Moon and Mars, to the individual components and subsystems that make up a satellite like solar panels, flight software, reaction wheels and star trackers, separation systems, radios, and more. Our Space Systems team is made up of engineers, technicians, and designers who design, create, and put together our own satellites for missions across the commercial, government, and defense sectors, or who build and assemble satellite hardware and software that supports other satellite missions.


Planetary Systems Corporation by Rocket Lab (PSC) is a manufacturer of aerospace and satellite mechanisms, including separation systems, on-orbit devices, and other electro-mechanical deployables.

We're seeking a Senior Software Engineer who also has experience with electronic design. As a new role for this business unit, this position will give you the opportunity (and challenge!) to develop and implement many new processes, with a focus on the R&D engineering department. You will support the Engineering Director and Space Systems organization.

This role sits onsite at Rocket Lab's PSC site in Silver Spring, Maryland - remote work is not considered.


  • Design, test and improve software to:
    • Control and operate electro-mechanical components and test equipment.
    • Acquire and log sensor data for production and R&D tests.
    • Post-process test and production data.
  • Develop procedures and best practices for software creation and revision management.
  • Participate in product development testing to validate R&D products.
  • Develop intuitive graphical user interfaces (GUIs).
  • Process wealth of existing electrical telemetry data to extract KPIs, provide historical references and analyze product operation trends.
  • Assist with data analysis for non-conformance investigations.
  • Provide technical expertise in the design of the electrical and control portions of motor-driven R&D mechanisms and robotic systems. (Typically < 48 VDC and < 10A for sense of scale)


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant engineering field and 5+ years' experience in software engineering
  • Embedded system design experience
  • Comprehensive C++ knowledge
  • Thorough visual programming knowledge
  • Experience working in a scrum / agile environment


  • Master's degree in software or electronic engineering
  • Experience with C#, Python, VBA and LabVIEW
  • Electronic engineering experience
  • Experience with electric-motor driven systems
  • Experience using APIs in engineering software


  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.
  • Regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers, operate computer keyboard and controls, and communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Must be physically able to commute to buildings
  • Occasional exposure to dust, fumes and moderate levels of noise.


We're on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that's not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other's backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.


For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.
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