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Software Engineer (Wireless Protocol)

Location: Mountain View
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

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 ofenabling human life on Mars.
Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable. Starlink is now delivering service and accepting orders both domestically and internationally, and will continue expansion to near global coverage of the populated world in 2022. We are looking for a talented software engineer to join our wireless protocol team.

  • Design, implement, test, maintain, and document the link-layer protocol for the Starlink satellite communications network
  • Work with the PHY and network teams to seamlessly integrate the link-layer within the network stack
  • Integrate the link-layer with simulation infrastructure
  • Use network monitoring tools to analyze and monitor link layer performance. Debug and fix network reliability issues
  • Participate in architecture, design and code reviews and provide peer feedback


    • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, math, or STEM discipline OR 2+ years of professional experience in software development in lieu of a degree
    • Development experience in C/C++ and Python


      • 2+ years of professional experience in embedded Linux C/C++ software development, specific to communications protocols
      • 2+ years of professional experience in any of the L1, L2, L3 protocol stack layers in broadband access technologies such as: Wi-Fi, UMTS, LTE or satellite broadband
      • Master's degree in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering
      • Experience in multithread/multicore programming in real-time-OS environment
      • Experience in modeling, designing and validating MAC protocols
      • Scripting ability with Python or similar
      • Skilled in troubleshooting and tuning of component hardware, software, networking and communications protocol problems
      • Understanding of network layer components such as IPv4, IPv6, Mobile IP, routing, or forwarding
      • Experience in development of very high-performance software with minimum delay and tight CPU constraints


        • This position can be located in Mountain View, CA or Redmond, WA


          • 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.

            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.
            Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX's Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

Keywords: SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES CORP, Mountain View , Software Engineer (Wireless Protocol), IT / Software / Systems , Mountain View, California

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