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Senior Systems Engineer

Muon Space

Muon Space

Software Engineering
Mountain View, CA, USA · Remote
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

About the role

Muon seeks a Senior Systems Engineer to join our spacecraft engineering team in Mountain View, CA. At Muon, we are developing multiple missions to help understand and act on climate impacts. In this role you will span the full lifecycle of spacecraft design - from initial formulation with the Business Development team, through execution with the spacecraft hardware and software teams, to on-orbit validation and mission performance monitoring with the Operations team. You will be responsible for interacting with customers and cross functional team leads to develop requirements and ICDs, work with other Systems Engineers to perform system modeling, develop test plans with AI&T teams, and identify and reduce risk across the program with Technical Program Managers. Muon is a lean and agile team, so keys to success in this role are your ability to “right-size” analysis and processes for differing levels of system maturity and risk, your flexibility to work with changing demands and schedules, and your effective communication of technical content to a diverse audience. This role will be located on-site at least 3 days per week at our headquarters in Mountain View, California.


  • Translate customer requirements and needs into program requirements
  • Manage requirements traceability and own requirements verification and validation
  • Lead the conceptualization, design and development of multi-mission spacecraft systems, providing technical expertise and driving cross-functional trades
  • Define mission concept of operations and manage subsystem technical budgets (e.g. power, data, mass, pointing/stability)
  • Assess internal and external risks to the mission, develop mitigation plans, and communicate them effectively
  • Assess impacts of and coordinate changes across disciplines throughout the program lifecycle
  • Conduct design reviews, test readiness reviews, and flight readiness reviews
  • Monitor the performance of on-orbit spacecraft and data pipelines, ensuring customer requirements are met
  • Communicate effectively with other systems engineers, software developers, data product developers, ground segment team, and mission operations teams
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of engineering processes, tools, and methodologies to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in spacecraft development and operations


  • B.S. or higher degree in an engineering field plus 5 years of experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment, preferably with exposure to spacecraft systems, remote sensing instruments, and orbital mechanics
  • Extensive experience system modeling, systems analysis, and running simulations
  • Proven history of system integration and delivery of complex systems
  • Experience managing requirements for a multi-disciplinary project
  • Dedication to finding resolutions based on the most important factors and data
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to collaborate with other engineering disciplines
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and coordination skills
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, rewarding work environment

Nice-to-have Skills

  • Software skills in Python or Julia
  • A proven track record of successful satellite missions.
  • Remote sensing instrument experience across multiple modalities (e.g. optical, multispectral, RF), and their associated data pipelines
  • Knowledge of industry standards for electrical and/or software quality practices
  • Familiarity with software engineering tools and processes (version control, code review)

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 $105K- $225K 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.