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Systems Engineer (Space Program)

Interstellar Lab

Interstellar Lab

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

Your main role will be to manage the development and application of advanced methods, theories, and research techniques in applying systems engineering to solve challenging problems. You will utilize system engineering process and apply Interstellar Lab’s engineering philosophy. You will interface directly with engineering leads to ensure the meeting of requirements for Interstellar Lab hardware.

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 technical proposal generation
  • Requirements Development, Segmentation, Flow-Down, Verification, and Validation, inclusive of RVTM (requirements verification traceability matrix)
  • Work with program management, and lead engineers to appropriately anticipate, identify and manage challenging issues, program risks, and program opportunities.

Provide detailed technical input to the project team regarding technical decisions on projects in the areas of:

  • RF Requirements and Design
  • Digital Signal Processing Hardware and Software Architecture Implementations
  • Detailed Hardware Design and Implementation
  • Detailed Software Design and Implementation
  • Systems Integration and Test


  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of Engineering or Computer Science from an accredited university
  • 5+ years of experience in a similar position
  • Experience working on ECLSS or other life support systems
  • Proven ability to successfully operate in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Proven ability to operate in a fast-paced small business environment
  • Possess excellent communication skills, with an emphasis on verbal and written communication
  • Willingness to seek-out and assume increasing responsibilities as workload changes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in the field of Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent
  • Fluent in French, Italian, German, or another language


  • Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time.


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.