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Director, Power Systems



Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 30, 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 Director, Power Systems, reporting to the Senior Director, Haven, to lead the development of the Electronics and Power Systems for our artificial-gravity human-rated space station. This will be a full-time, exempt position located in our Long Beach location.


  • Recruit, retain and empower a diverse team of engineers to develop solar panels, batteries, power point trackers, and power distribution units
  • Set and lead the power department strategy and drive overall results against business objectives
  • End-to-end ownership of power distribution electronics specification, architecture, simulation, schematic capture, PCB design, mechanical packaging design, board-level bring-up and validation, environmental qualification (vibration, thermal vacuum), and integrated system-level validation
  • Design of circuits to implement functions such as load switching, hot-swapping, power conditioning, inrush control, over-current fault detection, and electronic release mechanisms
  • Development of space station power system harnessing and high-current interconnect solutions
  • Perform failure modes and effects analyses and drive reliability design and validation plans at the system level
  • Assist in the evaluation and selection of technologies, tools, and third-party partners
  • Iterate on manufacturing processes and development testing in a fast-paced environment
  • Own the project delivery timeline from early design through production, launch, and orbit operations
  • Perform systems engineering tasks and power analyses
  • Lead design reviews internally and externally with suppliers and customers

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering or related or other engineering discipline
  • 10+ years of experience in developing power electronics
  • 5+ years of experience building and managing teams to deliver on a technical vision and strategy

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Master's Degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience with batteries, MPPTs, power distribution units, solar arrays
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and bring multiple disciplines together while assessing risk and making design and development decisions with incomplete data set
  • Professional experience with instrumentation and data acquisition (e.g. SPICE, SQL, and/or National Instruments hardware)
  • Experience with software programming: Matlab, Python, C/C++, etc.
  • Experience with vehicle and instrumentation buses such as Ethernet, CAN, SPI, and I2C, as well as serial I/O (RS232/422/485)
  • Experience with full-lifecycle product development
  • Experience with designing power systems for spaceflight environment, verifying workmanship and operability through environmental test (random vibration, shock, thermal, burn-in, and TVAC)
  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive at an early-stage startup where you will have the opportunity to help create and optimize key systems and processes

Pay Range:

  • Director of Power Systems Level V: $185,000-$220,000
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.