Please review the job details below.

Maxar is currently seeking a Software Development Engineer to join our team in Westminster, CO. or San Jose, CA. In this role, you will use your engineering skills to help build spacecraft simulators. 

Life with Us 

Your Project: You will design and implement software used in spacecraft simulators.  Our spacecraft simulators are used by customers around the world. Our customers include NASA, JPL and many other commercial customers worldwide.

Your Career: We’re very serious about professional development and continuing education at Maxar. We offer our team members the opportunity to define their own career trajectory. Our group has amazing resources to support learning and development. You will work with your manager out of our San Jose, CA office to set goals and design a development plan to advance your career. 

What We Offer: Time for dedicated professional development, conference attendance, corporate partner and industry training, peer group collaboration, hackathons, as well as paid certifications, education reimbursement and student loan forgiveness. 

What you'll do day-to-day (with your colleagues):  

  • Design and implement models of spacecraft components and/or subsystems for all-software spacecraft simulators 
  • Investigate current satellite and software industry best practices; Consider suitability of various technologies for integration into simulation software and CI/CD pipeline
  • Collaborate with team members to find solutions to design and evaluate technical trade-offs 
  • Communicate cross-functionally with software and systems engineers to ensure a coherent system design
  • Write and perform unit, integration, and system-level tests on software applications


Minimum Requirements: 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • BS in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Aerospace Engineering, or related disciplines. Four additional years of experience may be substituted for a degree. A Master’s degree may be considered as 2 years of professional experience.
  • 5 years of professional related experience
  • Proficiency with Linux
  • Proficiency with software compilers and other software development tools


Preferred Qualifications (These skills would be amazing): 

  • 1+ years of experience with core Flight System (cFS)
  • Professional scientific programming, preferable in simulation of spacecraft or other complex system

Professional experience in the following:

  • Developing software in C++ or Python

  • Debugging and troubleshooting complex systems 

  • Spacecraft operations, design or testing

  • Docker and Kubernetes

  • Software-development life-cycle

  • Agile methodologies 

  • Mathematical skills, particularly numerical analysis methods and linear algebra 

  • Simulink experience

  • Understanding of Real-time Operating Systems (RTOS) concepts

  • Experience with Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC). 

  • Ability to learn quickly and multi-task in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment 

  • Passion to work on space applications


Our salary ranges are market-driven and set to allow for flexibility. Individual pay will be competitive based on a candidate’s unique set of knowledge, skills, and geographic diversity, with earnings potential commensurate with experience. The range for this position is:

$112,000.00 - $187,000.00 annually.


Maxar employees must follow all applicable Maxar policies and COVID-19 requirements as well as those of Maxar customers and third parties. Individual job requirements may vary, and Maxar reserves the right to modify its policies and requirements as it deems appropriate in accordance with applicable law.

Maxar Technologies values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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United States, San Jose, CA - Westminster, CO
Posted 10d ago
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