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Lunar Lander Software Engineer (Multiple Openings)

Kent, WA 98032

Posted: 06/19/2024 Industry: Software Engineering Job Number: 2331715 Pay Rate: 50/hour - 70/hour

Job Description

Multiple openings at multiple locations immediately available.


Compensation: Up to $70/hour plus overtime (10 hours weekly is available) 11 paid holidays, multiple weeks PTO, and full healthcare benefits.


Location: 100% remote.


Positions are 6-24 month contract-to-hire opportunities with high possibility to convert to FTE.


Contact for more information and for access to over 100+ other openings in space and aerospace.


This role is part of the Lunar Permanence business unit, which develops Blue Origin’s multiple Blue Moon lander product lines. To further Blue Origin's mission of having millions of people living and working in space, we are building sustainable infrastructure for our transport of crew and cargo from Earth to the lunar surface. 

As part of a hardworking team of diverse specialists, technicians, and engineers, you will be a key member of a software team responsible for designing, implementing, and verifying software for the primary flight computer on a lunar lander. You will share in the team’s impact on the full life cycle of software and vehicle development, from conceptual architectures and requirements through vehicle integration, launch, and flight. We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership talent, and passion for our mission to help return humans to the moon.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Lead technical implementation of human-rated flight software for a crewed lunar lander.
  • Guide the development and implementation of subsystem applications and fault management.
  • Develop software requirements in coordination with systems engineering and subsystem owners.
  • Evaluate, decompose, and create requirements for safety-critical, real-time operating systems.
  • Perform trade studies on platform software architecture and implementation.
  • Author unit tests, documentation, and participate in code reviews.
  • Support the vehicle Fault Management and Autonomy Lead to establish integrated vehicle autonomous behaviors, modes, and states.
  • Coordinate the technical activities of the team developing vehicle and subsystem management applications.
  • Coordinate efforts to integrate flight software components for testing and verification in Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulation environments.
  • Define and implement software development best practices.

Minimum Qualifications
  • B.S. or higher degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, aerospace engineering, or related field or equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years of software development experience 
  • Proficiency in C++
  • Proficiency in Git
  • Proficiency in Linux
  • Working knowledge of Python.
  • Experience architecting software with model-based methodologies such as UML.
  • Experience writing software design and requirements documents
  • Strong debugging skills at the software/hardware boundary and with software tools (ex. gdb)
  • Good written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.

Preferred Qualification:
  • Experience with Docker, and CI/CD
  • Experience in Embedded or Real Time Systems
  • Experience with NPR 7150.2D
  • Experience with unit testing, test driven development, and test automation
  • Experience with Agile software development methodologies
  • Experience working on avionics, satellite, or space flight systems


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Who is Rainier Recruiting? 

Rainier Recruiting is a boutique, award winning national staffing agency and executive search firm. Using an approach that “treats every

candidate like an executive search”, we offer positions in contract-to-hire, Full-Time, and executive search. Named the #1 Best Workplace in Washington State in 2022, recognized as a ClearlyRated Best of Staffing firm, and identified as a top recruitment firm by multiple business journals, Rainier Recruiting is fast becoming a respected company. We are no longer the “best recruiters you have never heard of”. Rainier Recruiting is also proud to share our clients have a 93% repeat business rate. Rainier Recruiting is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or belief, or any other protected class. We are committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment and are dedicated to making employment decisions based on merit and value, for ourselves, our client companies, and for the candidates we represent. We engage in socially conscious business practices and believe that diverse, equitable, inclusive, and non-biased talent and recruitment processes are foundational to the success of every organization that we partner with.  


Meet Your Recruiter

Joely Downing
Senior Recruiter

Joely spent most of her career in the hotel business and started recruiting in the Hospitality field before coming to Rainier Recruiting.  Outside of work, Joely enjoys time with family and friends and traveling. Confident she can find the best candidates from anywhere, she is hoping to move her desk permanently to Mexico sooner than later.    

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