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Senior Software Engineer, Mission Operations



Software Engineering, Operations
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023

Vast was founded to expand humanity's frontier into the solar system and beyond. We believe that the next step on that journey is enabling manufacturing and habitation in LEO. We are building artificial gravity space stations to make this a reality. If you want to join a team that builds amazing things with the most talented people on Earth, please reach out.

You are the engineer other engineers can count on. You embrace every problem with enthusiasm. You remove hurdles, are a self-starter, a team player. You have the hunger to venture into unknown areas and make the system work.

Aerospace experience not required; We look for smart, motivated, collaborative engineers who love solving problems and want to make an impact on an inspiring mission. You will have full ownership of challenging problems, working with a team of enthusiastic engineers designing solutions that propel Vast towards fulfillment of its goal to expand humanity across the solar system.


  • Develop new and optimize existing software codebases and systems which will be used to test, command, and monitor the Vast family of spacecraft
  • Mentor junior ground software engineers to help build a strong and capable team
  • Own the lifecycle of software, including rolling out to operations, managing configurations, maintaining and upgrading, and supporting end-users
  • Configure and optimize automated testing and deployment systems
  • Maintain and upgrade the ground systems that control our test sites and communicate with our spacecraft at the launch site and on orbit

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, or STEM discipline; OR 4+ years of professional experience as a software engineer
  • 3+ years experience writing full-stack web applications in HTML5, CSS3, React, JavaScript ES6
  • Experience writing and securing REST APIs
  • Experience with database design, implementation, and security

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Proficiency using the command line, writing shell scripts, and an understanding of the GNU/Linux operating system
  • Experience building applications in the cloud
  • Enjoys end-user facing roles for support and interfacing with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately in fast-paced environment during critical launch and mission operations
  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal
  • Familiarity with Git
  • Collaborative mindset
  • Problem solver with a bias for action
  • Knows how to work in a continuous build and test environment and understand the tools used
  • Front-end: HTML, CSS, Webpack, Typescript, React/Vue/Angular
  • Back-end: Golang, Grafana, InfluxDB, SQL, NoSQL, Redis
  • Cloud: AWS, GCP, Azure, Kubernetes, Docker, VPC
  • Networking: HTTP(S), DNS, OSI Network Model, Subnets
  • Basic understanding of RF Systems (Software Defined Radios, Digital Signal Processing)

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing and able to work weekends and non-standard work-week hours to support critical mission milestone

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
Vast is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Vast is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.