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Senior Software Engineer (Simulation Software)

Senior Software Engineer (Simulation Software)

Software 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.

Senior Software Engineer (Simulation Software)

As an engineer on the simulation software team, you will design, develop, and test high-fidelity simulations of all SpaceX flight systems. You will develop core simulation infrastructure as well as models of fluid, electronic, and multi-body physics systems. You will work with other SpaceX engineers to learn about the systems you simulate and how your simulations will be used to develop cutting-edge software and hardware.


  • Develop high-fidelity simulation software for all vehicles
  • Improve reliability and performance of simulation software
  • Work with vehicle software and GNC teams to develop new features for testing in the simulation environment and improve user experiences
  • Provide strong technical leadership, focus on continuous improvement

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, math, or science discipline and 4+ years of experience in software development OR 6+ years of experience in software development
  • 2+ years of experience in C++

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Strong software design and development skills
  • Thorough knowledge of physics and math
  • Strong skills in debugging, performance optimization and unit testing
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment with changing needs and requirements
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, take initiative, and communicate effectively

Additional Requirements:

  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends when needed

ITAR Requirements:

  • 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, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.



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