Senior Software Engineer
Rocket Lab

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we're adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

Life at Rocket Lab


PSC by Rocket Lab (PSC) is a well-known supplier of aerospace mechanisms for the satellite industry since 1998. To date, PSC has approximately 200 successful product operations in orbit. For more information about PSC, see

PSC's products include separation systems, on-orbit devices, and other electro-mechanical deployables that are designed, assembled, and tested within PSC's ~20,000 sq. ft. facility.


PSC is seeking a pro-active Senior Software Engineer that also has experience with electronic design. As a new role for this business unit, the position will have the opportunity (and, let's be honest, challenge!) to develop and implement many processes across PSC with a focus on the R&D engineering department.


  • Design, test and improve software to:
    • Control and operate electro-mechanical components and test equipment.
    • Acquire and log sensor data for production and R&D tests.
    • Post-process test and production data.
  • Develop procedures and best practices for software creation and revision management.
  • Participate in product development testing to validate R&D products.
  • Develop intuitive graphical user interfaces (GUIs).
  • Process wealth of existing electrical telemetry data to extract KPIs, provide historical references and analyze product operation trends.
  • Assist with data analysis for non-conformance investigations.
  • Provide technical expertise in the design of the electrical and control portions of motor-driven R&D mechanisms and robotic systems. (Typically < 48 VDC and < 10A for sense of scale)
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant engineering field and 5+ years' experience in software engineering
  • Embedded system design experience
  • Comprehensive C++ knowledge
  • Thorough visual programming knowledge
  • Experience working in a scrum / agile environment
  • Master's degree in software or electronic engineering
  • Experience with C#, Python, VBA and LabVIEW
  • Electronic engineering experience
  • Experience with electric-motor driven systems
  • Experience using APIs in engineering software
Position Type: Full-time, salaried, in-person

Location: Silver Spring, MD

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with experience

Benefits: Paid vacation and holidays, medical, life, and disability insurance, 401k plan with company match, flex-time work schedule, new parent leave, and more.

Travel: Typically ≤2 weeks per year

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.


For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.

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