Software Engineer (Flight Reliability)



Software Engineering
hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2022

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.


As a Flight Reliability Software Engineer at SpaceX you will shape user-centric products that are critical to the readiness and execution of our space launches. You will work closely with other SpaceX engineers to better understand their needs in order to create applications that anticipate and solve important problems they face. Your work will have a significant impact on the productivity of the engineering community at SpaceX and directly support our ability to launch orbital rockets frequently, safely and reliably. We are looking for engineers who treat fellow teammates with fairness, respect, and support.

Aerospace experience is not required to be successful here - rather we look for smart, motivated, respectful, collaborative engineers who love solving problems and want to make an impact on a super inspiring mission. You will have full ownership of challenging problems, working with a team of enthusiastic engineers with diverse perspectives to design and produce solutions that enable SpaceX to move towards our goals at a rapid pace. The success of the missions at SpaceX depends on the software that you and your team produce.


  • Develop highly reliable software solutions that are used across SpaceX
  • Develop well-architected, responsive, and performant web-based applications
  • Own all aspects of software engineering and product development
  • Deep dive into your users’ problems to find and create efficient solutions
  • Understand and implement technologies across the full stack
  • Deliver expert level JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code for modern browsers
  • Interface with other engineers to plan and organize the development of our products
  • Influence how and what we build with demonstrated technical expertise
  • Execute user research and requirements gathering for new and existing products
  • Manage the release life cycle and feature roadmap of our products


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, math, or scientific discipline and 2+ years of professional software development experience; OR 3+ years of professional experience building software in lieu of a degree
  • Professional experience in developing software products with frontend or user experience focus
  • Development experience in Python and JavaScript


  • Programming experience in Python, C#.NET, Go, Scala, Java, or similar object-oriented language
  • 4+ years of rigorous experience building single page web applications
  • Database experience with PostgreSQL, SQL Server, or similar database technologies
  • Understanding of user experience design principals and ability to contribute in design sessions
  • Front-end experience in React, or similar JavaScript framework
  • Expertise in designing software systems
  • Deep understanding of version control, testing, continuous integration, build, deployment and monitoring
  • Expertise in profiling and improving application performance
  • Production experience with Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience with data exploration tools like Grafana and Jupyter Notebooks
  • Ability to write clear and concise technical documentation
  • Excellent leadership, communication and teamwork skills


  • You may be asked to work extended hours/weekends dependent on launch cadence


Pay Range:
Software Engineer/Level I: $120,000.00 - $145,000.00/per year
Software Engineer/Level II: $140,000.00 - $170,000.00/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 & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & 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.

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.