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SpaceX Sr. Radar Engineer (Starship) in Brownsville,

Sr. Radar Engineer (Starship) at SpaceX

Brownsville, TX or Hawthorne, CA

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 Starship RF and Flight Safety Systems Team develops the communications systems, radionavigation systems, and flight safety systems for the Starship vehicle. We perform system synthesis, component level radio and antenna design, system integration validation, and system level validation for the RF systems on Starship and Super Heavy. The Sr. Radar Engineer role is responsible for developing, modeling, and implementing the radar systems needed for SpaceX's next generation of launch vehicles flying to Earth orbit, the Moon, and Mars.


  • Develop the system architecture, signal processing and algorithms for cutting edge radar systems used for space vehicle navigation

  • Develop link budgets and cascades for analyzing performance expectations for radar systems under development

  • Provide expertise in analysis and verification of the overall radar system design to meet performance

  • Drive the radar design process starting with high-level conceptual and architectural discussions through model development, implementation, and performance validation

  • Evaluate radar system performance using first principles and statistical signal processing fundamentals


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, computer science, or mathematics

  • 6+ years of professional experience in designing and implementing RF communication, radio navigation, or radar systems


  • Master's degree or PhD in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, physics, or mathematics

  • 10+ years of experience in design, analysis, and verification of radar systems

  • Demonstrated experience in applying the fundamentals of detection and estimation theory to radar applications

  • Demonstrated experience in design, analysis, and implementation of signal processing for radar systems

  • Demonstrated experience implementing radar system models and deriving meaningful system level performance data from those models

  • Ability to derive fundamental radar performance relationships from first principles

  • Advanced knowledge and experience in application of statistical signal processing

  • Strong understanding of radar system design, signal processing, detection algorithms and hardware architecture

  • Strong command of electromagnetic scattering from manmade objects and terrain

  • Familiarity with microwave antenna fundamental principles

  • Familiarity with active and passive RF hardware design

  • Excellent communication and documentation skills and ability to collaborate with other engineering disciplines


  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones


  • 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 (https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/?id=ddtc_kb_article_page&sys_id=24d528fddbfc930044f9ff621f961987) .

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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