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Muon Space

Software Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Friday, July 7, 2023

About the role

Muon is looking for a Software Engineer (Backend) to join our Ground and Data Software team. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated and versatile software engineer who is excited to build our cloud infrastructure, web services and applications like mission control software, data pipelines, and tools to gain insight into Earth’s complex systems. Our team broadly owns all the software that enables us to communicate with the satellite and process payload data into end-products. We are fully responsible for the software we build through its full lifecycle; from implementing deployable applications, managing the infrastructure they run on, and supporting them running in production.


  • Participate in designing our cloud architecture: choosing which technologies we will use, how we will organize the system, and when we should build systems in-house vs buy them off the shelf, to maximize the impact of our team

  • Manage the cloud infrastructure we will use to deploy our cloud applications, using tools like Kubernetes, Helm, and AWS Lambda

  • Build a world class Mission Control in the cloud, using tools like Docker and FastAPI.

  • Build the spacecraft-to-cloud data integration: processing and archiving the command history and telemetry, using tools like Kafka, InfluxDB, and Grafana

  • Build the APIs and tooling to integrate our cloud with remote antenna ground station networks

  • Collaborate with Data Engineers to define, manage, and maintain our data processing environments: development sandbox and production workflow, using tools like AWS Lambda, Jupyter Hub, and Apache Airflow

  • Integrate physical test hardware in our lab with our cloud systems

  • Architect systems to achieve low latency and fault tolerance

  • Deploy infrastructure and tools to workstations, on-premises data centers, and cloud environments


  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in computer science or related field, or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years experience as a software engineer in a team environment

  • Strong programming experience in Python, with knowledge of industry-standard data formats and schemas (ProtoBuf, YAML, JSON, etc)

  • Experience with cloud-native software development in at least one major cloud provider (AWS, GCP, Azure) using containers

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • Excited to work in a fast-paced environment with new opportunities each week

Nice-to-have Skills

  • Experience with the Azure cloud ecosystem

  • Experience with IP networking

  • Experience managing CI/CD in cloud-based development, staging, and production environments

  • Have a passion for simple architectures and clean APIs

  • Strong Linux fundamentals and comfortable with Linux development and deployment environment

  • IT and Information security (authentication, encryption)

  • Web interactive UI design (for data access and visualization)

  • Experience smoothly deploying continuously evolving data services to customers

About Muon Space

Muon Space is working at the forefront of satellites, advanced sensors, business intelligence, and climate science to allow humanity to close the loop on climate change. From satellite missions to modeling to data analytics and actionable insights, we believe measuring, understanding and predicting Earth’s complex, coupled systems is both a great business opportunity and key to leaving future generations a livable, productive and healthy planet.

We are a geographically diverse company with teams in the San Francisco bay area, Los Angeles, and Boulder, Colorado. We seek great talent wherever it may be.

Equal Opportunity

At Muon, 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.

At Muon Space salary is only part of our total compensation package. In addition to salary, Muon Space provides 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, in addition to 12 paid holidays and unlimited sick time, along with paid parental leave to name a few of our benefits.

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.

ITAR/EAR Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. protected person as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.