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Principal Data Systems Engineer

Principal Data Systems Engineer

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At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.


Position Summary:

In support of our LauncherOne efforts and as part of our propulsion test group, we are seeking an experienced Data Systems Principal Engineer to develop and maintain data acquisition and control systems for Newton rocket engine propulsion test facilities for the LauncherOne program. 


The Engine Data Systems Engineer/Specialist will be responsible for design, development, and operation of the LauncherOne propulsion test site facility data acquisition and control software that supports remote ground test stand and rocket engine test article fluid components and instrumentation during daily operations and propulsion hot fire testing operations. 


The Engine Data Systems Engineer/Specialist will work with a dynamic and highly skilled propulsion engineering team in the development and production testing of LauncherOne rocket engine testing program. The ideal candidate would be a specialist with systems engineering level experience with processors, power and grounding systems, National Instruments software, electronics and sensors. Leadership for the development of innovative data acquisition and control systems will be involved.

Your Mission

  • System design and architecture of the chemical rocket engine test facility configuration

  • Design of in-house chemical rocket engine test systems and component test software as appropriate

  • Electrical design of wire harnesses and other interconnect systems as well as configuration management

  • Systems level design of data acquisition and controls systems which integrate between engine and component test facilities.

  • Leadership for data acquisition and control software and hardware design crew.

  • Assistance in the development of manufacturing and integration and test processes and procedures.  Including hardware and software acceptance test procedures

What you bring


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or STEM plus a minimum of (9) years of related experience. Extensive experience in National Instruments hardware and software systems design and development

  • LabVIEW experienced preferred

  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team

  • Use of personal vehicle on some off-roads to and from test site is required.
  • Second shift work schedule required up to 50%. Hours: 4 PM to 1:30 AM
  • Periodic Long Beach travel and support required
  • Strong work ethic and a self-starter
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in low cost commercial space system ventures desired

  • Experience with air launched space launch vehicles or aircraft systems desired

  • Experience with air launched space launch vehicles


ITAR Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Personal Requirements:

Virgin Orbit has a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under commercial pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit 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, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.



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