Virgin Orbit, LLC

Senior RF Systems Engineer, Avionics

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Regular FT


Long Beach, CA



Job Type:


Who we are




At Virgin Orbit, we are launching the small satellite revolution, enabling missions that were previously unimaginable. We are delivering Virgin’s legendary customer experience by combining advanced technology with a diligent, hard-working team. We have built a workplace and a workforce of the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today are launching the industries of tomorrow. We have engaged a diverse and inclusive community of doers and dreamers alike, empowering all those working today to build satellites and constellations that will change the world.


At Virgin Orbit, we are opening space for good. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.


Position Summary


Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Senior RF Systems Engineer, Avionics. The RF Systems Engineer will provide expertise in the RF system design, analysis, implementation and evaluation. The Engineer must have an ability to create designs, perform simulations and/or generate circuit analysis for system level requirements as well as RF components based on performance spec, schedule, cost, reliability, and manufacturability requirements. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills.


This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Design/develop/simulate/analyze component technologies for transmitters, receivers, and converters applied to radar, communications, and ECM/ECCM sub-systems.
  • Generate RF cascades for design/analysis of full sub-system performance.
  • Deliver/define top-level architectures and design concept tradeoffs for a variety of technology solutions including new business capture.
  • Decompose system requirements into sub-system and component level requirements, generate/review written specifications
  • Generate system block diagrams, interconnection drawings (ICDs), and assembly outline drawings.
  • Perform work planning, budget/schedule management, and identify technical deliverables for System Engineering section of proposals.
  • Participate in Government/Industry sponsored activities; industry-days, CONOP exercises, technical interchanges.
  • Propose technical solutions and define potential impacts on cost, schedule and programmatic risk.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify best-of-breed capabilities which could potentially deliver value to the end user.
  • Recommend, plan, lead, review, and identify risks for R&D efforts.
  • Develop new solutions to be employed in solving technical issues.

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…


  • B.S. Engineering or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) 
  • 5+ years of related technical work experience
  • Experience with RF receivers, transmitters and filtering designs; modulation techniques; antennas; GPS receivers; system level testing
  • System level design experience
  • Must be able to provide proof of US-approved Covid-19 full vaccination status, unless otherwise exempted by an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation from Virgin Orbit


… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.


  • Well-developed knowledge of complex RF hardware systems
  • Relevant experience as a system architect for launch vehicles (or similar) including architecture design, specifications, system design, and test for S-Band and GPS (or similar) 
  • Hands-on integration & test experience at the component, subsystem and system level
  • Systems modeling with MATLAB or equivalent tools
  • Familiarity with Military Handbooks and Standards such as MIL-STD-461F or SMC-S-016
  • Involvement in industry consortia relevant to the job requirements 
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills to interface with key internal and external customers 
  • Exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness to design and deliver highly advanced solutions 
  • Master’s Engineer degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems, or Physics
  • Experience with airplane RF systems 

*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.



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

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. 


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