Embedded Software Engineer at Spire Global
Glasgow, GB

Spire Global is a space-to-cloud analytics company that owns and operates the largest multi-purpose constellation of satellites. Its proprietary data and algorithms provide the most advanced maritime, aviation, and weather tracking in the world. In addition to its constellation, Spire’s data infrastructure includes a global ground station network and 24/7 operations that provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth.

To keep our edge, we are accelerating our spacecraft design and build capabilities and so we are expanding our Spacecraft Platform Flight Software team. If you design and write embedded software with reliability in mind and with just a dash (or more!) of creativity, we want to hear from you. If you’re looking for an opportunity to grow, to expand your skillset and to make a real difference (our data products help predict the weather, track aircraft over the oceans and an increasing number of other useful applications) then we might be a good fit for you as well. No space-specific experience is necessary.

As a Software Engineer in the Flight Software team, you will join our spacecraft engineering group in Glasgow. Our close-knit team continuously improves, building ever more reliable spacecraft, faster and faster, batch after batch. You will develop close working relationships 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.

We’re a high-tech start-up and we depend on each other to continuously up our game. When you have great ideas about how we can do that, we don’t just listen; we implement. You will often be tasked with R&D projects, with a high level of autonomy to solve a problem the best way you see fit. We work as a team and depend on each other to learn quickly and put the new skills to good use.

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 OF YOUR ROLE:

Core systems: Design and implement flight software and firmware that runs onboard our spacecraft. Making improvements to our existing codebase to enhance functionality, usability, robustness, performance, and writing and testing new code to integrate new technologies 

Communications and radio: Leverage innovations in radio design by implementing new communication protocols and new processing approaches, and integrating new radio hardware

Satellite application platform: Build frameworks for the automated execution of work on the satellite to meet customer requirements or changing operational needs

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

Extensive experience with embedded C: interrupt handlers, concurrency, etc.

Strong Linux skills: extensive CLI/scripting familiarity, kernel mods, drivers, etc.

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: 

General hardware skills (EE, PCBs, ECAD or MCAD)

ARM/RISC profiling and optimizations

Networking (ISO, IP, protocol design)

Experience in a high-reliability industry (Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Medical) or an embedded industry (IoT, Mobile Phones, Distributed Sensor Networks)

Domain Knowledge (Space, Attitude Control, Radio Communications, Power Control)

FPGA expertise (Verilog, VHDL)

RF programming (SDR, USRP, GNU radio)

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.