Embedded SW Engineer

 GNSS (GPS) creates upwards of $500B in economic value in the US every year, supporting everything from consumer applications, to transportation systems, to time sync for critical infrastructure. As these industries progress towards autonomy the performance and security demands of their navigation systems are increasing beyond what GNSS can support, leaving a need for a cost-effective global solution.

Using lessons we've learned at places like SpaceX and Blue Origin, Xona is constructing a modern satellite network at the rapid pace of the new space industry leveraging the recent wave of technology and regulatory advancements. Building on our patent pending small satellite architecture, we are developing a robust and accurate service that is an independent alternative to GNSS rather than a correction, solving the longstanding challenge of obtaining a reliable high accuracy solution from the very fragile GNSS signals. Our satellite system will provide the first ever high-accuracy global navigation and timing services with the security and resilience modern applications need to operate safely at scale.

As an Embedded Software Engineer at Xona, you'll be at the forefront of innovation, designing and implementing software solutions that power the next generation of satellite systems.  

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Proven experience in embedded software development for aerospace, automotive, or other safety-critical industries.
  • Programming fluency in C/C++. Proficiency in Python.
  • Strong understanding of embedded hardware/software architectures and embedded operating systems.
  • Prior experience with OS customization and deployment using tools such as yocto or PetaLinux.
  • Low-level and baremetal device drivers/firmware development and debugging.
  • Experience with git/gitflow. Familiarity with Agile/Scrum practices.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work closely with multidisciplinary teams and external partners to achieve project goals.
  • To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e. Green Card holder), or other protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of flight software development best practices for space/radiation environments.
  • Experience with deployment of flight software to spacecraft/satellite systems.
  • Knowledge of real-time operating systems and their applications.
  • Usage of CI/CD DevOps flows and best practices.
  • Hands-on lab experience with testing engineering models and flight units.

 Xona makes offers based on geo-located salary bands using a compensation tool. We are required by law to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This compensation range is specific to San Mateo, California and takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets, experience, interview performance and training. It is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and comp, Xona expects to hire for this position near the middle of the range. Only in truly rare and exceptional circumstances, where an external candidate has experience, credentials, or expertise that far exceed those required or expected for the position, would Xona consider paying a salary or rate near the higher end of the range. 

Salary Description
Range for base salary: $120,000 -$150,000