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Software Engineer (Recent Graduate) – Q1 2024 start dates at Starfish Space

$90k – $120k • 0.05% – 0.15%

Starfish Space is a fast-growing space startup based in Seattle, Washington. We’re developing a servicing spacecraft called Otter, a small and versatile vehicle that will enable affordable and available satellite servicing for the first time in the history of the space industry. We launched our Otter Pup demonstration mission in the summer of 2023 and we’ll be launching the second Otter Pup in late 2024. We have raised over $22M in venture funding to-date, and have active partnerships with NASA, the US Space Force, and other key organizations in space.

Position Description

Satellite servicing missions require spacecraft capable of autonomous, robotic operations in orbit. To fulfill our mission, Starfish is developing the Otter servicing vehicle with various core software technologies to conduct relative navigation and to execute autonomous guidance and control. These software products are developed and tested in simulation environments, and must execute on top of complex vehicle software stacks. This position will build software infrastructure to support the development of autonomous space systems and write flight software to ensure algorithms run properly on board satellites. This role will involve everything ranging from building cloud infrastructure, to automating simulation analysis, to integrating with satellite compute hardware.


– Exceptional record of excellence in computer science topics, e.g., excellent grades, papers published, or several years of work experiece / internships in a competitive SWE role

– Working knowledge of Python and C++

– Must be a US person due to ITAR restrictions (citizen, permanent resident, or designated asylee / refugee)

– Willing to work from Tukwila, Washington

– Capable of working a dynamic, fast paced startup environment

– B.S. degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or similar field

Desired Experience

– Working knowledge of cloud compute platforms and tools such as Kubernetes and Docker

– Working knowledge of writing software for a variety of different compute hardware and architectures

– Previous experience with numerical simulations

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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