Embedded Software Engineer, Free Space Optics

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Embedded Software Engineer, Free Space Optics

Glasgow

About Spire:

Spire is a space-powered data and analytics platform that offers unique insights and powerful solutions about Earth from the ultimate vantage point – space – so organizations can act now and plan for the future with confidence, accuracy and speed. Leveraging its proprietary multi-purpose satellite constellation and sophisticated predictive analytics, Spire gives commercial and government organizations an unprecedented competitive advantage to solve their toughest challenges, empowered with knowledge from space.

The Role:

Working on our satellites offers software developers a chance to interact with the fullest of stacks, and this position provides the opportunity for a talented software engineer to really push themselves and develop their skills further.

As an Embedded Software Engineer at Spire Global, you will help develop our world-class spacecraft and their terrestrial support systems.

This role requires a close working relationship with hardware and manufacturing engineers to design, build and test new systems, troubleshoot complex issues both in spacecraft manufacture and in-orbit, and support maintenance of existing systems. You will have the opportunity to work across the whole range of our software stack, from bare metal implementation through to in-orbit automated scripting, to high-level telemetry analysis and monitoring using our cloud-based data analytics warehouse.

Responsibilities:

As part of the drive to better serve our customers and deliver higher volumes of lower-latency data, Spire is exploring optical communications, both for space-to-ground and intersatellite-links as an addition to its existing RF-based communications network. This role will help develop those capabilities and drive in-orbit demonstration campaigns.

Basic Qualifications/Experience:

  • Extensive experience with embedded C: interrupt handlers, concurrency, etc.
  • Extensive experience with build systems like CMake
  • High level of Linux skills: extensive CLI/scripting familiarity, kernel mods, drivers, etc.
  • High level command of development tools like git, Github, CI/CD tools.
  • Experience with sensor integration over I2C, SPI, CAN, UART, etc.
  • Software Design with memory, processor, and real-time constraints.
  • Embedded Operating Systems (FreeRTOS, Yocto Embedded Linux)
  • Scripting Familiarity: Python, Bash, etc.
  • Experience with board bring up.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • General hardware skills (EE, PCBs, ECAD or MCAD)
  • Experience with high-speed device integration (e.g. ethernet, PCIe, MIPI CSI-2)
  • Knowledge of imaging, optics and photonics components (image sensors, laser diodes, photodiodes, controllers, drivers etc.)
  • ARM/RISC profiling and optimizations.
  • Networking (ISO, IP, protocol design).
  • Experience in a high-reliability industry (Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Medical).
  • Domain Knowledge (Space, Attitude Control, Radio Communications, Power Control).
  • FPGA expertise (Verilog, VHDL).
  • RF programming (SDR, USRP, GNU radio).
  • Power optimization experience.

Spire is Global and our success draws upon the diverse viewpoints, skills and experiences of our employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.

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