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Radiation Effects Test Engineer II



Quality Assurance
Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!

Enterprise Engineering: This role is part of Enterprise Engineering, where we provide technical standards, tools, processes, training, and subject matter expertise for product engineering and manufacturing. EE allows all Blue Origin business units to benefit from commonly used capabilities, hardware, and software and assists business units in identifying, selecting, and training engineers from both inside and outside the organization.

As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts in the Systems and Avionics Center of Excellence, you will study, develop, and execute validation and verification strategies for avionics hardware used to successfully launch Blue Origin missions. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of space vehicle and rocket engine design, test, integration, and operation.

Further, as an integral part of our highly trained team of Radiation Engineers, you will lead the charge for EEE parts-level, circuit-level, and system-level radiation effects testing that will directly impact all of Blue’s space missions. Your primary focuses will be understanding our missions’ electronic platforms, deriving the required radiation testing needs, and efficiently planning/executing tests for the effects of total ionizing dose (TID), displacement damage dose (DDD), and single events (SEE). Experience with radiation test automation, data collection, and data processing are highly desirable.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop custom radiation test setups.
  • Develop custom software for test data collection and processing.
  • Document radiation test plans and results.
  • Interface with radiation test facilities to schedule and perform tests.
  • Maintain Blue’s radiation test database.
  • Contribute to improvements in Blue’s in-house radiation test capabilities and laboratory.
  • Advise program personnel on parts selection and test procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Nuclear Science, or related field with 2+ years of proven direct radiation experience in design, analysis, and/or testing.
  • Direct hands-on experience performing component/system radiation effects test and employing measurement hardware.
  • Basic understanding of the effects of radiation on electronics.
  • Electrical engineering fundamentals, basic digital and analog circuit fundamentals, and familiarity with associated laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships across teams, and contribute to our inclusive culture.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.
  • Domestic travel required. Foreign travel possible.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in related engineering or technical field with 3+ years of direct experience in radiation design, analysis, and testing of avionics hardware for operation in radiation environments.
  • Experience with any of Python and/or NI LabView programming and embedded software.
  • Experience with the following programming languages, platforms, and protocols: C, SVN, Gitlab, SQL, I2C, SPI.
  • Basic electronics lab skills include soldering, harnessing, use of oscilloscope, multimeter, and logic analyzer.
  • Familiarity with basic and complex discrete and integrated circuits (transistors, logic, memories, microcontrollers, FPGAs, etc.)
  • Willingness to expand capabilities into system radiation analysis and circuit design guidance for radiation-tolerant systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of fundamental statistical methods.
  • Experience with one or more standard radiation environment modeling tools, including but not limited to IRENE, OMERE, SIRE2, SPENVIS, OLTARIS, CREME96, SAPPHIRE, ESP, or PSYCHIC.
  • Experience with one or more radiation transport codes, including but not limited to NOVICE, FASTRAD, SHIELDOSE2, GEANT4, or MCNP.
  • Experience with the use of commercial or automotive parts in a radiation environment.

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $96,480-$135,072

Other site ranges may differ

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.

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