Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Space Systems · Santa Barbara, California
Department Space Systems
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $82,000 - $150,000 DOE

Umbra builds next-generation space systems that observe the Earth in unprecedented fidelity. 

Our mission: Deliver global omniscience.

To stay ahead of climate change, geopolitical risk, and other major crises and issues, we need a global understanding of what is changing, where, and how fast. Umbra provides easy access to the highest quality commercial satellite data available, which is an indispensable tool for the growing number of organizations monitoring the Earth. We empower our customers to create the solutions that inform, inspire, and address our planet’s most pressing needs. We’re helping to create a brand new industry that has never meaningfully existed before. 

We are looking for a talented, driven professional to work closely with a multidisciplinary engineering team as a Satellite Systems Engineer, developing next-generation space radar systems.  The ideal individual has a strong interest and acumen in software tools and workflows, as well as core aerospace principals. Understanding how Umbra’s software and hardware systems interact at an intimate level, the Satellite Systems Engineer works to bring a big picture perspective to the table in order to bring novel capabilities from the drawing board to Umbra’s growing constellation of radar satellites.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Collaborate with systems engineering, ground software, spacecraft software, and space operations teams on CONOPs definition, requirements formulation, and validation bringing a system-level understanding to table
    • Continuously improve your knowledge of Umbra’s radar satellites and software systems to enable you to make the best decisions and recommendations on a day-to-day basis
    • Develop and improve automated workflows for day-to-day operations, analysis, anomaly resolution, on orbit operations, and mission planning
    • Act as a liaison between teams and product owner, distilling key-concepts in a way that is digestible for each team relative to their knowledge base and competencies.
    • Identify workflow improvements across the space systems department and champion solutions
    • Support spacecraft modeling, simulation, mission design, and systems engineering analyses for current and future development efforts

    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related STEM field (such as aerospace, mechanical engineering, physics, or computer science)
    • Two or more years of Python development
      • Strong understanding of core concepts in physics, mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrodynamics
      • Consistently takes initiative and champions causes you think need to be addressed
      • Continuous learner that is not afraid to ask questions even if they may seem obvious
      • Ability and desire to work collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment, and willingness to learn new skills and technology

      Desired Qualifications

      • Advanced degree in a relevant field
      • Three or more years experience with on orbit satellite operations
      • Experience with satellite mission modeling and simulation
      • Experience working with microcontrollers as either a professional or hobbiest
      • Experience working with APIs and cloud deployed micro-services
      • Familiar using tools like as GitLab, JIRA, and Confluence to collaborate with teammates
      • Understanding of SAR or other Earth observation techniques


        • Flexible Vacation / Paid Sick Time/ Family Leave
        • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life
        • 401(k) Plan with 3% non-elective employer contribution
        • Stock Options

        Umbra is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

        Employment Eligibility Verification:

        In compliance with federal laws, all hired persons will be required to verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) upon hire.

        ITAR/EAR Requirements:

        This position may include access to technology and/or data that is subject to U.S. export controls pursuant to ITAR and EAR. To comply with federal export controls, all persons hired must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, U.S. lawful permanent resident, refugee or asylee as defined by 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), or must otherwise be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or U.S.Department of Commerce as applicable.

        Pay Transparency:
        This job posting may span more than one career level. To provide greater transparency to candidates, we share base ranges for all job postings regardless of state. We set standard base pay ranges for all roles based on function and level benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. Final offer amounts are determined by skills, responsibilities and relevant work experience.

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        • Location
          Santa Barbara, California
        • Department
          Space Systems
        • Employment Type
        • Minimum Experience
        • Compensation
          $82,000 - $150,000 DOE