Senior High Speed Digital Design Engineer, Haven

Long Beach, CA, United States


Full Time

5 months ago

Job description

At Vast, our mission is to contribute to a future where billions of people are living and thriving in space. We are building artificial gravity space stations, allowing long-term stays in space without the adverse effects of zero-gravity. Our initial crewed space habitat will be Haven-1, scheduled to be the world’s first commercial space station when it launches into low earth orbit in August 2025. Our team is all-in, committed to executing our mission safely and on time. If you want to work with the most talented people on Earth furthering space exploration for humanity, come join us.

Vast is looking for a Senior High Speed Digital Design Engineer, reporting to the SVP of Engineering, to support the development of hardware systems that will be required for the design and build of artificial-gravity human-rated space stations. This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location. 


  • Design, analysis, modeling, simulation, and characterization of high-speed digital circuits
  • Participate-in a multi-functional engineering team environment to develop and integrate hardware, software, and network technology for products and systems
  • Establish product objectives, specifications and technical solutions to ensure products satisfy customer requirements and deliverables
  • Contribute to all aspects of the product life cycle (concept, development, integration, qualification, acceptance, delivery, and maintenance)
  • Work effectively across multiple corporate functions including business, engineering, operations, and manufacturing

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or related engineering discipline
  • 5+  years of experience with digital and microelectronic hardware design, development, test, and verification
  • 5+ years of experience working with a production facility to make sure hardware is manufacturable and reproducible

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, or related engineering discipline
  • Experience with PCBA design and Altium or similar software
  • Experience with DDR, NVMe, NORFlash, and other high density memory products
  • Experience with Gigabit+ networking components (switches, phys, etc.)
  • Previously qualified hardware for harsh environments (Space, Aircraft, Autonomous Vehicles, Military, etc.)
  • Comfortable communicating technical topics to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and weigh against multi-disciplinary requirements together while assessing risk and making design and development decisions
  • Experience with fault-tolerant avionics computing architectures
  • Understanding of electrical schematics and electronics manufacturing to analyze and improve test coverage
  • Hands-on experience with sizing, installing and troubleshooting various electronic components
  • Experience with wire harness design and build, including associated sub-components
  • Experience with NX or similar CAD software
  • Competence with electrical test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, power supplies, etc.)
  • Creative problem solver that can bring multiple disciplines together with the ability to assess risk and make design and development decisions without all available data  
  • Self-motivated with strong learning, multi-tasking, organizational, communication and documentation skills
  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity with excellent written and verbal communication skills

Pay Range: 

  • Senior Avionics Engineer Level III: $150,000 - $180,000
  • Staff Avionics Engineer Level IV: $170,000 - $200,000
Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.


The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.


Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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