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Senior Electrical Hardware Engineer

Job Ref: 2975527 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

The Photon Program
Photon is a first-of-its-kind platform in the small satellite industry: a versatile satellite bus that is also an integral part of the launch vehicle. Engineers within the Photon team have a unique opportunity to help shape this space system and, given the high launch cadence of Electron, have unparalleled opportunities for end-to-end hardware development and on-orbit operations.

Rocket Lab is seeking exceptional engineers to work on this recently-announced Photon program.The successful candidate will have a strong set of technical skills, will have experience in related projects, & will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Senior Electrical Hardware Engineer
The Photon development team has frequent opportunities to test and operate their systems on orbit. Rocket Lab is seeking a Sr. Electrical Hardware Engr. to assist in the development of avionics for its Photon vehicle.

This person will work collaboratively with the FPGA and software design engineers and participate in all aspects of electrical hardware design, from requirements definition through design, implementation, testing, and production. 

Required Skills & Experience
  • A Bachelor of Science degree (or greater) in Electrical or Computer Engineering (or equivalent).
  • 4+ years of experience in electrical hardware design including schematic capture and PCB layout.
  • Design proficiency with processors, FPGAs, switch mode power supplies, high speed data interfaces, precision analog instrumentation.
  • Proficiency with Altium designer for schematic capture and layout.
  • Proficiency with basic electronic lab equipment (o-scopes, DMMs, signal generators, etc).
  • Demonstrated success working in a dynamic environment with multiple priorities.
Desired Skills & Experience
  • Experience designing for radiation environments including SEU/SEL/TID impact and mitigation.
  • Experience with design and manufacturing of IPC 6011 class 3 and J-STD-001 PCBs.
  • Experience designing rigid-flex PCBs.
  • FPGA design experience.
  • Embedded software development for ARM core processors over the full stack including Linux.
  • Proficiency with JIRA and JAMA.
Key Duties:
  • Develop PCBA requirements in collaboration with other engineering disciplines.
  • Schematic capture using Altium Designer.
  • Circuit analysis including power, tolerance, and reliability.
  • PCB layout using altium Designer.
  • PCBA design verification testing and system integration test support.
  • Manufacturing support.
Important Information:
To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA 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.

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here.

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