IT Systems Engineer (Storage)



Software Engineering, IT
hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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.


SpaceX is looking for an experienced engineer with deep working knowledge of storage technologies. This employee will be a member of the Information Technology Infrastructure team and will provide expertise in all aspects of storage in support of critical business functions. The ideal candidate will be flexible and flourish in a fast paced and challenging environment. They should be a self-starter, self-motivator, and possess ingenuity to excel at this position.


  • Participate in the design, development and implementation of a custom S3 compatible object store solution that will span thousands of servers
  • Deploy, troubleshoot, and optimize off-the shelf S3 compatible object storage solution(s)
  • Linux engineering and administration for thousands of bare metal and virtual machines
  • Monitor, maintain, and operate the production environment
  • Troubleshoot server hardware issues
  • Automate common tasks
  • On-call rotation with other team members, subject matter expertise in on-prem object storage solutions
  • Write simple to moderately complex scripts and programs for automation, tools, frameworks, dashboards, alarms (common languages)
  • Physical installation of hardware may be required at various times


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, computer information systems, or STEM discipline and 3+ years of IT systems engineering experience OR 5+ years of experience in IT systems engineering without a degree
  • Experience with S3 compatible object storage (i.e. Ceph)
  • Experience with client and server hardware/software, management tools, enterprise networking, virtualization, and security technologies


  • Demonstrated experience designing, documenting, and implementing complex multi-tiered cost-effective storage deployments
  • Experience collaborating with Windows, Linux, and network engineers and developers
  • Experience gathering system usage and performance data for reporting and trending
  • Storage capacity planning, vendor management and procurement
  • A strong desire to automate everything
  • Ability to clearly communicate and convey highly technical ideas in terms non-geeks can understand
  • A motivated self-starting personality, able to work independently while maintaining patience with constant interruptions and multiple requests
  • Comfortable working with mission critical and sensitive systems, with a sense of urgency appropriate to the responsibilities


  • Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed


Pay Range:
IT Systems Engineer: $120,000.00-$160,000.00/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.

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.