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Sr. Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Engineer

Sr. Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Engineer

Avionics - Hardware Design

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.


Want to drive innovation...all the way to Mars? Our fast-paced EMI/EMC team is responsible for ensuring avionics hardware will perform through some of the harshest electromagnetic environments imaginable. 

The team conducts 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.

Our fundamental goal is to allow humanity to explore the stars; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of the crew and payload. Are you up for the challenge?


  • Design SpaceX products to survive electromagnetic environmental effects
  • Set requirements based on physics rather than industry standards – a  much deeper understanding of electromagnetic environmental effects is critical for this position
  • Ensure that designs meet the EMI/EMC requirements that have been set
  • Interface with, teach, and set requirements with various design teams all around the company
  • Perform and teach electromagnetic compatibility 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 board to system 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, or other engineering discipline
  • 7+ years of E3 work experience, including EMI/EMC requirements, analysis, design, and testing


  • Advanced degree in electrical engineering, physics, or other engineering discipline
  • Previous work experience with MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464, NASA-STD-4003 documentation
  • Knowledge of electromagnetic environmental effects on space vehicles and launch vehicles, including, effects of space plasma, on-orbit charging, triboelectric charging, grounding/bonding/shielding, design for low radiated emissions, HIRF, lightning, electromagnetic field coupling, Maxwell's equations, 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/EMC events from board to system level
  • Demonstrated experience with NASA-HDBK-4001, DO-160, MIL-STD-1541, SSP 30237, SSP 30238, SMC-S-008 documentation
  • 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
  • Strong knowledge of plasma/space physics, dielectric breakdown, RF principals, RF engineering
  • Experience preferred in fast-paced work environment with production/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 verbal and written communication skills


  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed


  • 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. Learn more about the 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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