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Sr. Sensor Development Engineer

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


The Sensor Development team designs, builds and tests innovative sensing solutions that are critical to making life on Mars possible. This Senior Sensor Development Engineer will work with this highly interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to characterize navigation sensors, such as accelerometers and gyroscopes.


  • Conduct characterization testing on navigation sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes
  • Analyze test data and document results
  • Select test hardware and develop test software
  • Complete sensor characterization to ensure sensors meet all performance requirements through environments
  • Document test procedures and results
  • Conduct component qualification testing


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical engineering, or physics
  • 5+ years of experience working on inertial sensors
  • Software development experience in Matlab, Python, or C/C++
  • Experience testing, calibrating, and qualifying navigation sensors (gyroscopes/accelerometers)


  • Master's degree in mechanical, electrical engineering, or physics
  • 7+ years of experience working on inertial sensors.
  • Extensive knowledge of navigation sensors (gyroscopes/accelerometers) from design through test
  • Knowledge of various sensing technologies
  • Strong documentation and communication skills.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.


  • Willingness to work extended hours and weekends as needed


Pay range:

Sr. Sensor Development Engineer: $130,000.00 - $200,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.

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