Power Electronics Design Engineer
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2023
Gravitics is enabling space stations without compromise, beginning with our giant StarMax orbital habitat. One StarMax module will add roughly half of the existing International Space Station’s habitable volume – in a single launch! We’ll be spooling up from there and we could use your help.
We have aspirational sights, pragmatic footsteps, a proven team who executes, and committed funding. Join us!
About the Role:
To build our giant space systems, we need a rockstar who can directly work the full product lifecycle of challenging avionics systems, including computers, photovoltaics, batteries, harnessing, and more. Responsibilities:
· Challenge the status quo.
· Add your voice to find a better solution.
· Own your system and own it.
· Identify requirements and invent hardware that meets them
· Design and build efficient and reliable power electronics from whiteboard sketch to gerber files.
· Bring up and checkout hardware rapidly in a scrappy environment
· Work with suppliers and our manufacturing team to make your designs reality.
· Be a reliable expert of your system, from concept to mission control console.
Do the responsibilities look vague? You bet they do. Come if you thrive in challenging projects with freedom to shape ambiguity into better solutions.
You’re a successful candidate if you are a giver, not a taker. You have an ability to make things happen. You are exceptional at several things, yet willing to take on efforts in areas of weakness. You don’t even know what “comfort zone” means.
· 3-8+ years of experience in DC power electronics design.
· Demonstrated experience with all end-to-end aspects of PCBA design, assembly and testing.
· Rock-solid understanding of fundamentals and first-principles thinking
· Demonstrated knowledge of various converter topologies, current controllers, soft start circuitry, and microcontroller implementation.
· Experience with Altium, OrCAD, EAGLE, or other PCBA design software for library parts creation, schematic capture, PCB layout, and design release.
· Understanding of the challenges of designing for space environments, both pressurized and unpressurized
· Understanding of radiation effects on electronics, and mitigations or solutions the challenges faced
· Experience selecting parts, writing firmware, and working with PCB vendors.
· Bachelor’s degree in a related field
Not required, but strongly preferred:
· Past experience designing and building orbital flight hardware
· Past experience designing for the 1-10kW range, at >100VDC
· Recent experience with at least one of: battery charging, battery management systems, Maximum Power Point Tracking, high speed digital design
· Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering
Bonus Points for:
· Graduate Degree in Electrical Engineering
· Past experience testing and qualifying components for a radiation environment
· Past experience designing hardware for crewed orbital space systems or Part 25 passenger aircraft
· Experience working with any of the following: Power over Ethernet, Current-controlled valve drivers, Byzantine Fault Tolerance, Human Rated Safety Critical
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.
Gravitics is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Gravitics 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 or common decency.