Avionics Systems Lead III - Lunar Transportation

Blue Origin

$125K — $200K *

Los Angeles, CA 90001
+ 6 other locations

More than 4w ago


Less than 5 years of experience

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Job Description

As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will lead the Avionics subsystem for one of our spaceflight systems. You’ll be responsible for the integrated design across vehicle subsystems including selecting the best design solutions for system layouts, packaging, harnessing and component selection. You will also represent the Avionics system in all cross-functional trades and impact studies.

Blue Origin is committed to building a future where millions of people live and work in space to benefit Earth. We must return to the Moon permanently, and the Blue Moon Lander enables this goal. Blue Moon is a large, flexible, reusable commercial lander for cargo or crew. Lunar Transportation is Blue Origin’s team dedicated to developing mission architectures such as our planned Lunar Lander program, Blue Moon (Link: . Our Lunar Pathfinder mission will demonstrate the lander’s core capabilities – including the privately funded BE-7 landing engine, precision landing sensors, and advanced integrated power and propulsion architecture – on an early New Glenn flight. The team building this vehicle is rethinking how space systems are designed, with a high-performing architecture, efficient reusability, and rapid design iteration. Come join our team and pave the road to a permanent lunar presence.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • End-to-End ownership of the Avionics System design on a given in-space architecture
  • Lead a team to perform architecture studies, concept development, ICD development, procurement, verification planning, vehicle integration, system build and checkout, and operations support
  • Coordinate in areas of vehicle configuration, flight sciences, hardware, software, system safety, supplier management, fault tolerance analysis / schemes, FMECA, FHA, and telemetry downlink / uplink
  • Develop interface specifications, CONOPS definition, and other design documents related to Avionics subsystems such as (Electrical Power Systems, Flight Computing, Command and Data Handling, etc)
  • Support development of system requirements, flow down, and verification planning
  • Manage the Avionics System development program (cost, schedule) thru subcontractor(s) and/or internal hardware development
  • Analyze and track key performance metrics for avionics systems throughout the product lifecycle and continually assess new designs to optimize for manufacturability, quality, and cost
  • Support the development and execution of ground and flight test operations


  • Passion for getting people into space and back again safely.
  • B.S. degree or higher in an applicable field (electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, etc.)
  • Successful candidates in this role typically have 3-7+ years of related experience.
  • Proven ability to interpret and apply high-level system requirements to practical design solutions
  • In depth knowledge of systems engineering practices (e.g., requirements development; standard verification methods; functional decomposition; standard diagramming techniques; risk and opportunity management)
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • 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


  • Master of Science in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related disciplines.
  • 7+ years industry experience on large engineering systems
  • Experience designing and developing flight proven spacecraft hardware
  • Hands-on experience installing and troubleshooting various electronic sensors and components.
  • Knowledge of and experience in analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, power supply components and design, batteries, solar cells, RF systems, serial communication, and/or telemetry systems.
  • Proficiently using software tools such as Matlab or Python.
  • Experience with harnessing and component packaging
  • Experience with requirements management software (DNG or JAMA preferred)
  • Experience developing products at any stage from early trade studies through final design, manufacturing, and test

Don’t meet every single requirement? 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 qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Compensation range for on site CO applicants is $125,400 - $183,920

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $136,800 - $200,640

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $136,800 - $200,640

Other site ranges may differ

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.

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. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Blue Origin is an aerospace company that develops rockets and spacecraft for commercial and government customers. The company's products include the New Shepard suborbital vehicle and the New Glenn orbital rocket. Blue Origin was founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos and is headquartered in Kent, Washington.
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