Sr. Avionics Engineer

Avionics · Hawthorne, California
Department Avionics
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Venturi Astrolab, Inc. (Astrolab) is pioneering new ways to explore and operate on distant planetary bodies.  We are singularly focused on designing, building, and operating a fleet of multi-purpose commercial planetary rovers to extend and enhance humanity’s presence in the solar system We are seeking motivated, creative, exceptional people to join our world-class team.   

Sr. Avionics Engineer 

We are looking for a team member who will support the design and development of our lunar rover. Key work areas include vehicle electrical systems architecture, power system design, requirements capture, and wire harness design. You will engage with other Astrolab engineers to discover the needs of the mission and design robust and reliable systems. You will be responsible for the complete life cycle of the systems you create, from development to testing to operation during a mission. 


  • Design avionics systems and perform cross-disciplinary trades 
  • Architect systems for electrical power generation, storage, regulation, and distribution 
  • Evaluate environmental, acoustic, shock, mass, deployment, and reliability requirements to verify the system design will satisfy mission requirements 
  • Design wire harnesses and cable assemblies 
  • Troubleshoot performance anomalies and diagnose test failures. Develop mitigation plans and identify impacts to subsystems and vehicle performance 
  • Design and perform verification tests at the component and system level 
  • Troubleshoot issues on prototype and production assemblies 
  • Support on-site and off-site vehicle testing 

Basic Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or STEM field 
  • 5+ years of industry experience in engineering 
  • Experience with integrated electrical systems (electric vehicles, spacecraft, launch vehicle, robotics, etc.) 

Preferred Skills and Experience: 

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering 
  • 10+ years of experience in electrical engineering 
  • Experience with early life-cycle engineering activities 
  • Experience with engineering instrumentation, including selection, installation, checkouts, and troubleshooting 
  • Experience with 3D CAD software 
  • Experience with common industry communication protocols (CAN, RS232, RS422, Ethernet, EtherCAT) 
  • LabVIEW and/or Python coding experience with direct applicability to test and data acquisition systems.  
  • Ability to create/revise technical documents 
  • Ability to succeed in a lean, dynamic, and growing startup environment  
  • Outstanding communication and written documentation skills 

Benefits and Compensation: 

  • Work with a team of best-in-class rockstar engineers building the future of exploration on the lunar surface
  • Base salary range: 117,000-178,000 (commensurate with skills and experience) 
  • Equity in the form of stock options 
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage 
  • 401(k) 
  • Paid time off and parental leave 
  • On-site snacks, beverages, and 2x weekly lunches 
  • Hybrid work environment 

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. 

Astrolab is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and value diversity. We are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, parental or pregnancy status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status. 

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