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Sr. Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Engineer

Sr. Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Engineer

Satellite Development

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.



Our EMI/EMC team works to ensure our avionics hardware will perform when integrated into a complex and delicate system of both sensitive and high-power avionics that must operate through some of the harshest electromagnetic environments imaginable. The team performs exhaustive avionics analysis, design, and test at the board, unit, subsystem, and system levels with work that reaches out to almost all of the departments at SpaceX. As such, they work closely with a significant number of teams within the company, most amounting to: the hardware design teams, production teams, structures teams, propulsion teams, launch, and mission management teams. They are one of the few teams that interface with almost all aspects of the company as well as getting significant hands on time with flight hardware. They play a crucial role in the development of our systems particularly as we advance our efforts towards satellites and creating safe, reliable, inexpensive, and innovative systems that push the boundaries in size and mass.


  • Design satellites (and other product lines where necessary) for electromagnetic compatibility
  • Set requirements based on physics rather than industry standards. A much deeper understanding of electromagnetic environmental effects is required for this position
  • Ensure that designs meet the EMI/EMC requirements that have been set
  • Interface with, coach, and set requirements with various design teams all around the company
  • Perform and teach electromagnetic interference design and analysis
  • Perform analysis and design relating to: effects of space plasma, lightning, surface/bulk/triboelectric charging, circuit grounding architectures, structural bonding, circuit isolation, transfer impedance, shielding effectiveness, effects of radiated/conducted emissions & susceptibility, near field/far field electric fields, welding, corona, computational electromagnetics, etc.
  • Design and perform tests to validate the analyses and designs from the previous bullet
  • Write documents and control plans as needed
  • Troubleshoot EMI issues from system to board level
  • Operate a variety of EMI, RF, and electronics test equipment
  • Independently perform verifications and document results in a clear, precise, and complete manner
  • Support Engineering Management with confidence; think creatively -- question the status quo, while following documentation and maintaining prescribed quality standards.


  • 5+ years of work experience
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics
  • 3+ years of work experience in EMI/EMC requirements and testing
  • 3+ years of work experience with both conducted and radiated EMI/EMC analysis and design
  • Previous work experience with reading, interpreting and following: Circuit schematics, PCB layouts, engineering drawings, BOMs, cable harnesses, wiring schematics, interface diagrams, layout drawings, mechanical drawings and CAD software
  • Previous work experience with MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464, NASA-STD-4003 documentation


  • Advanced Degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or other similar technical areas of study
  • Knowledge of in-space EMI/EMC effects. This includes: effects of space plasma, charging, grounding, bonding, shielding, design for low radiated emissions, lightning, electromagnetic field coupling, Ohm's law, Maxwell's equations, boundary conditions, image charge/current, and lumped element modeling
  • Knowledge of materials and their electrical properties including paint, anodize, magnaplate, nickel plate, alodine, surface finish, electrical conductivity, volume resistivity, surface resistance
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting EMI events from system to board level
  • Demonstrated experience with NASA-HDBK-4001, DO-160, MIL-STD-1541, SSP 30237, SSP 30238 documentation
  • Strong knowledge of plasma/space physics, dielectric breakdown, RF principals, RF engineering
  • Experience preferred in fast-paced work environment with flight hardware
  • Able to adapt to constantly changing work assignments
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Experience writing a proper EMC control plan
  • Excellent English grammar and language skills


  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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. Learn more about ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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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