Wi-Fi Software Engineer (Starlink)



Software Engineering
Bastrop, TX, USA
Posted on Monday, June 3, 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.


At SpaceX we’re leveraging our experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy Starlink, the world’s most advanced broadband internet system. Starlink is the world’s largest satellite constellation and is providing fast, reliable internet to 3M+ users worldwide. We design, build, test, and operate all parts of the system – thousands of satellites, consumer receivers that allow users to connect within minutes of unboxing, and the software that brings it all together. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of Starlink’s potential global impact and are looking for best-in-class engineers to help maximize Starlink’s utility for communities and businesses around the globe.

As a Wi-Fi Software Engineer, you will be a critical piece of the overall customer experience. We are looking for experts in the Wi-Fi space to help Starlink deliver an amazing end-to-end customer experience. You see the big picture, prioritize accordingly, and are comfortable with working at different levels of abstraction.


  • Driving the Wi-Fi software and product roadmap
  • Debugging and optimizing kernel-level system performance
  • Collaborating with our RF and EE engineers to improving our testing procedures for both software and hardware
  • Mentoring software engineers and building a great work culture
  • Improving our Wi-Fi mesh performance
  • Invent new tools that enable more frequent and reliable software deployment, test execution, and data analysis as part of a continuous integration and release system


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, math, or STEM discipline and 1+ years of professional experience in software development; or 3+ years of professional experience in software development in lieu of degree.
  • 1+ years development experience in C or C++.
  • Experience with the IEEE 802.11 wireless standard and with networking protocols (UDP, TCP/IP, etc.).
  • Experience working on embedded software for networking equipment.


  • Strong fundamental knowledge of networks, embedded systems, math, and physics.
  • Solid communication and leadership skills.
  • Experience testing Wi-Fi for Performance or Stability.
  • Deep understanding of testing, continuous integration, build, deployment & continuous monitoring.
  • Knowledge of DHCP, IPv4, IPv6, Linux bridge, network stack internals.
  • Experience with networking kernel modules and drivers.
  • Experience driving cross-team projects.
  • Experience with security issues associated with distributed systems and internet services.
  • Experience with Golang and Python.
  • Experience with hostAP.
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment with changing needs and requirements.


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


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.

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