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Payload Manufacturing Engineer

Interstellar Lab

Interstellar Lab

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

At Interstellar Lab our mission is to build a future full of life, on Earth and beyond. We believe in a future where technology is enabling humans to live in harmony with nature, a future where biodiversity thrives and expands, a future where terrestrial life become multi-planetary.To build this future, we design, manufacture and operate controlled-environment biofarms that unleash the power of plants. On Earth and in Space. Our solutions combine Hardware, AI and Bioscience. We use controlled-environment technology to mimic a multitude of conditions to allow plants, fungi and microorganisms to grow faster and better. On Earth, we are pioneering molecular and bio-farming, boosting production of nutrients, metabolites and bioactive compounds in plants while providing a sustainable and safe source of plant materials. Our customers are large beauty, perfume, natural ingredients, food&beverage and neutraceuticals companies. To advance space exploration, we work with space agencies and private companies and provide them bio-farming units to grow efficiently food for astronaut and/or conduct research on impact of microgravity on plant molecular composition.


As a Payload Manufacturing Engineer, you will be critical to the Space Program team. You will be working with a cross functional team to manufacturing and build Interstellar Lab’s plant growth systems in LEO, and work on lunar payloads such as Mission Little Prince.

The Payload Manufacturing Engineer will be responsible for fabrication of mechanical systems and to complete testing and requirements of the system. Product development and design, implementation, and maintenance for all mechanical systems supporting the production and operations of Interstellar Lab space systems.

Your creativity and relentless commitment to quality will be expected to analyze, create and maintain payloads systems designs, in order to ultimately build a state-of-the-art and fully mechanical system capable of safely and reliably meeting required performances and allowing for user operations. You will also put your engineering knowledge to the test by performing real-time troubleshooting on the products as it goes from the integration phase through operations. Our fundamental goal is to allow life to grow anywhere; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of plants materials and users in charge of growing them.


  • Support of internal engineering development on space exploration payloads and facilities (ISS, Orbital Stations and Lunar program).
  • Perform engineering design evaluations.
  • Produce other required design documentation.
  • Fabricate and assemble new product development.
  • Building complex mechanical assemblies to a high standard, which may include, high and low-voltage wiring, and pneumatics
  • Equipment operation including; forklifts, boom lifts, scissor lifts, and tractor trailers, for critical moves/lifts within the facility
  • Works directly with other design engineers and mechanical engineers to achieve a common design that meets the assigned schedules
  • Inspects parts and designs by vendors to verify compliance to specifications and drawings.
  • Recommends design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.
  • Confers with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.
  • Works independently with little direct supervision to support tight milestone schedules.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university required.
  • 4-6 years of mechanic type or service technician type experience
  • Able to read blueprints and complete basic shop math
  • Able to read and interpret electrical schematics
  • Able to work independently and problem-solve efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Positive attitude and ability to work well on a team
  • Willingness to provide constructive feedback to the engineering and production teams to improve tooling designs, processes, and parts
  • Able to stay organized with strong attention to detail
  • Experience in the Space Hardware industry preferred.
  • Experience using CAD Software is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent in French, Italian, German, or another language


  • Physical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying equipment up to 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Must be able to work all required shift hours, overtime and/or weekends as needed


Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at Interstellar Lab. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks.

Interstellar Lab is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Interstellar Lab does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.