International Infrastructure Engineer (Starshield)



Other Engineering
hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023

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.


Starshield is SpaceX’s newest program, leveraging Starlink’s technology and launch capability to support national security efforts. While Starlink is designed for consumer and commercial use, Starshield is designed for government use, with an initial focus on earth observation, communications, and hosted payloads. We are looking for best-in-class engineers to help develop the ground infrastructure across both programs.

As an International Infrastructure Engineer, you will engage in hardware design initiatives, travel to develop antenna infrastructure build-out plans with international and domestic partners, and own global antenna site roll-out plans that support Starshield & Starlink system-level performance and growth goals. In this unique hybrid role, you can expect broad scope, diverse engineering challenges, and a great adventure. One day you could be designing a new way to mount an antenna to a roof, and the next day traveling to a new country to develop a solution to power and connect the sites you’re responsible for activating there.

We are looking for people who excel at solving complex problems, managing large projects, are ready to learn new things, and want to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, and collaborative environment to engineer solutions with real global impact.


  • Design antenna sites and site hardware to support, connect, and power the antennas all over the world that backhaul the Starshield & Starlink networks
  • Travel abroad to create infrastructure development plans with international partners to establish antenna sites that maximize constellation effectivity and expand customer access
  • Develop new processes and methods that enable rapid deployment of antennas
  • Engage cross-functionally to align technical roadmaps with other contributors to tlike business growth, and or regulatory., regulatory, or network engineering teams progress
  • Review antenna site reliability over time to develop robust solutions that ensure overall system health
  • Demonstrate extreme ownership of product and business outcomes at every stage of conceptualization and implementation


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science discipline
  • 1+ years of professional experience in an engineering role


  • Experience with electrical, mechanical, or structural design and analysis
  • Experience with build, production, or integration of components into an assembly, structure, vehicle, or site
  • Demonstrated success in multidisciplinary project execution
  • Experience with any of the following is a bonus:
    • Producing construction drawings or plans
    • SQL, Matlab, Python, C++, or similar
    • Producing dashboards or analytical and statistical models (Ex: Tableau, PowerBI)
    • Physical network infrastructure design or planning
  • Active TS/SCI clearance, or willingness to pursue one


  • Willingness to travel to US or and international ground station sites
  • Must be willing to work long hours and occasional weekends when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines
  • An active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions; if so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing


Pay range:

International Infrastructure Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
International Infrastructure Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and 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.

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