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VP, Avionics



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 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.

Vast is looking for a VP, Avionics, reporting to the Chief Technical Officer, to accelerate the development of the electronic and computer systems that are at the heart of our artificial-gravity human-rated space stations. This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.

As the leader of the avionics team, you will have the unique opportunity to define the culture and operation of a critical team responsible for designing the spacecraft. You will create electronics and systems that touch all parts of the vehicle and comprise the control backbone that interacts with the work of every group and discipline that engineers the vehicle.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of team leadership, creating custom electrical systems with a flair for power systems, computing, networking and sensing systems. Avionics are the electronics providing the means to operate and control the vehicle, including computers, navigation sensors, imaging sensors, audio, crew interfaces, radio communications, power generation, power storage, power distribution, motion control, propulsion activation, stability control, pumps, ventilation, life support control and many other functions.


  • Build a world class Avionics team of talented designers, system, layout and component engineers. Recruit, interview, and hire top talent.
  • Guide team in safety critical system design utilizing fault tolerant systems architectures.
  • Assess third party products for make/buy design decisions.
  • Lead team against clear milestones and delivery expectations. Achieve on-time integration and qualification results.
  • Define or tailor existing standards for space qualified hardware including attention to component derating, leakage and creepage distances, board layout, manufacturing, harness and connector selection.
  • Work with your design team to leverage cost effective automotive grade components to create bespoke designs.
  • Guide your engineers to select components and designs for radiation tolerance. Test components and designs for radiation tolerance for operation in low earth orbit (LEO) environments.
  • Lead by example and foster a team culture of delivering results, shared knowledge & documentation, accountability, excellence, collaboration, transparency, and trust..
  • Collaborate with other design teams to create tightly integrated, interdisciplinary vehicle designs.
  • Create representative vehicle and sub-system test systems to support hardware and software development and testing.
  • Foster a culture of extreme ownership, encouraging engineers to understand system level interactions and functionality, in addition to delivering high quality modules or sub-systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, or other engineering discipline.
  • 10+ years of experience working as an Electrical Engineer or Avionics Engineer.
  • 5+ years leading electrical engineering design teams.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Electrical design experience in the Space Industry.
  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or similar relevant discipline.
  • RF communications and high-frequency board-level design experience.
  • Circuit simulation and modeling.
  • Power systems design experience .

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.
  • Willingness to work overtime, or weekends to support critical mission milestones.

Base salary will vary depending on job-related knowledge, education, skills, experience, business needs, and market demand. Salary is just one component of our comprehensive compensation package. Full-time employees also receive company equity, as well as access to a full suite of compelling benefits and perks, including: 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and dependents, flexible paid time off for exempt staff and up to 15 days of vacation for non-exempt staff, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, free catered meals and snacks and beverages, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, One Medical membership, ClassPass credits, personalized mental healthcare through Spring Health, and other discounts and perks.


The person hired will have access to information and items subject to U.S. export controls, and therefore, must either be a “U.S. person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.62 or otherwise eligible for deemed export licensing. This status includes U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), and asylees and refugees with such status granted, not pending.
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.