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Robotics Engineer

$90k – $150k • 0.05% – 0.15%

Starfish Space is a fast-growing Series A space startup in Seattle, Washington founded by former Blue Origin and NASA engineers. We are giving life to on-orbit services with our Otter servicing vehicle. We have raised over $22M in venture funding to-date, coupled with over $10M in research funding, and have been recognized by NASA, the US Air Force, and US Space Force.


This summer, we launched our demonstration satellite “Otter Pup” to space. Our goal is the first-ever docking between two commercial satellites in Low Earth Orbit, and the first satellite docking ever using electric propulsion (view a video overview of Otter Pup here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLWut6TFJBs&t). Throughout 2023, we’ll be focused on ensuring a successful Otter Pup mission, as well as continuing development of our full-scale Otter servicing vehicle. We are on track for our first customer launches in 2025.

Position Description

Satellite servicing missions require autonomous, robotic actions in orbit. Our vehicle requires several robotic components, including our thruster boom system, Nautilus capture mechanism, and more. We are looking for a strong robotics specialist to help design and build those systems. This engineer will do everything ranging from designing robotic arms and other devices, to building prototypes, to helping write the software / hardware interfaces to make them work. This is a really cool role to build robotic features that have never before been flown in space!


– 3+ years of experience building robotic components in a professional role, or a very strong academic background in robotics including graduate degrees

– Hands-on experience using circuit design and analysis software

– Proficiency with electrical circuit theory and electrical manufacturing processes

– Must be a US person (citizen or permanent resident)

– Willing to work from Tukwila, Washington

– Capable of working a dynamic, fast paced startup environment

– B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent

Desired Experience

– Experience working on HW / SW integration is a plus

– Familiarity with hardware for space applications is a plus, but is not required

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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