Avionics Systems Lead

Blue Origin   •  

Kent, WA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


8 - 10 years

Posted 34 days ago


As part of a small, passionate, and accomplished advanced systems team, you will be responsible for the avionics architecture of various deep space systems – with a particular emphasis on the Blue Moon Lunar Lander. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration, and your dedicated commitment and detailed attention will further the cause of safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Create and maintain block diagrams of the vehicle's avionics system showing the functional and physical interfaces between components.
  • Work closely with Guidance, Navigation, and Control, RF Communications, and Electrical Power System experts to create an integrated avionics baseline.
  • Select and create avionics architectures appropriate for the mission: e.g. fault tolerance approach, centralized vs. distributed, subsystem interconnects, networking topologies, etc.
  • Define appropriate strategies for mitigation of mission-level space radiation effects
  • Define I/O bandwidth and track I/O utilization
  • Estimate the size, weight, and power consumption of avionics subsystems based on defined margin philosophy
  • Estimate and track compute, memory, and network peak/average utilization to ensure sufficient resources and margin are preserved
  • Evaluate and select appropriate compute elements based on the function being performed and overall avionics architecture needs: e.g. general purpose CPU, GPU, FPGA, ASIC, etc.
  • Create requirements for avionics subsystems that can be practically interpreted and implemented
  • Effectively communicate development status, risks, and challenges to management.
  • Work closely with systems and design engineers to develop integrated design solutions, rapidly assess conceptual designs.
  • Write cogent and succinct technical memos and devise innovative, intuitive, and delightful ways to visualize quantitative information.


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering or equivalent
  • 7+ years industry experience in avionic system design and analysis
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art avionics solutions used in space environments
  • Experience working collaboratively in small teams on fast-paced projects
  • Exhibit excellent judgement and be comfortable making high-quality and high-velocity decisions
  • 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.


  • M.S. in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering
  • Experience with space radiation effects tools and methods
  • Experience with electromagnetic interference and compatibility, especially in the space environment.
  • Familiarity with version control tools, preferably Git.
  • Experience with collaboration tools such as Confluence and JIRA