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Sr. Avionics Software Engineer, Artificial Intelligence - Formulation



Software Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 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!

This position is part of the Space Systems Development (SSD) business unit. SSD develops next-generation concepts and systems to advance our future of living and working in space sustainably.

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are committed to a culture of safety. This position directly impacts the history of space exploration and requires a commitment and detailed attention toward safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth. This position is part of the Space Systems Development (SSD) business unit. SSD develops next-generation concepts and systems to advance our future of living and working in space sustainably.

SSD Formulation team is multidisciplinary covering power systems, simulation and environments, thermal and fluids management, guidance, navigation, and control (GNC), autonomy, command and control, data handling and instrumentation, electrical integration and avionics, propulsion, and Artificial Intelligence. Deploying this team to serve the various projects, studies, and programs in a rapid formulation design environment will be a key responsibility while also contributing technically as an individual contributor sharing your expertise. Our group in Formulation is employing a fast-paced agile process to rapidly address early formulation work through a series of three-week sprints. This position will help lead assignments in this dynamic environment as well as be an active participant. To be successful you must embrace the right culture of bias for action while quickly delivering results. The decisions made early on will set Blue Origin up for long-term success. It also requires comfort with ambiguity and an ability to find a path forward.

As our Avionics Software Architect, you will be responsible for designing and guiding the development of sophisticated avionics software systems for space applications. Your role will involve supporting proposals and prototype development while incorporating the latest advancements in AI to enhance system capabilities. You will work closely with cross-disciplinary teams, bringing a strategic vision and expertise in avionics architecture, software engineering, and AI to design systems for the next generation of spacecraft and satellites.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in avionics software systems design and development.
  • Familiarity with AI and machine learning concepts.
  • Experience applying AI in real-world systems.
  • Strong knowledge of software certification standards (such as DO-178C), real-time operating systems, and embedded systems development.
  • Ability to design complex software systems and effectively communicate architectural visions.
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities and the ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts and challenges with other engineering disciplines to drive effective decisions.
  • Experience working directly with system and design engineers.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in computer science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • 3 years’ experience in a software architecture role.
  • Proven experience in the space industry working with flight software or satellite systems.
  • Experience with employing AI in space or avionics applications.
  • Experience guiding and mentoring engineers.

Compensation range for on-site WA applicants is $170,805-$227,740

Compensation range for on-site CA applicants is $170,805-$227,740

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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