Senior Avionics Software Test Engineer - Hardware

Long Beach, California, United States


Full Time

an hour 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 Avionics Software Test Engineer Engineer - Hardware, reporting to the Manager, Flight Software to support the development of 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. 


  • Work closely with Avionics and Software teams to design, build, and execute hardware testing of space components for the Haven space station
  • Develop comprehensive test plans and procedures for avionics software and hardware testing, considering functional requirements, design specifications, and industry standards.
  • Design and implement automated test scripts and frameworks to streamline testing processes and enhance efficiency.
  • Perform root cause analysis of issues identified during testing and work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to resolve them in a timely manner.
  • Stay current with industry trends, emerging technologies, and advancements in avionics testing methodologies to drive continuous improvement.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience coding in Python or C++

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Strong proficiency in software testing methodologies, test automation tools, and programming languages (e.g., Python, C/C++, LabVIEW).
  • Familiarity with basic electrical and wiring concepts such as circuits, grounding, and electrical safety.
  • A strong understanding of software architecture and design principles.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to document and explain complex technical issues clearly and concisely.
  • Extensive knowledge of avionics hardware, including embedded systems, sensors, actuators, and communication interfaces.
  • Experience with testing protocols and standards relevant to space systems (e.g., DO-178C, DO-254, MIL-STD-1553).
  • Experience with agile software development methodologies and DevOps practices.
  • Familiarity with the Atlassian Suite (JIRA, Bitbucket, Confluence)
  • Familiarity with Git, Cmake, and GNU tools
  • Able to work in a Linux environment

Additional Requirements:

  • Willingness to work evenings and/or weekends to support critical mission milestones
Salary Range: California
$155,000$190,000 USD
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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