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Principal Flight Software Engineer

Design and develop flight software for the Axiom Space Station.
Webster, Texas, United States
5 months ago
Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Building the world's first commercial space station.

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✨ About The Role

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Principal Flight Software Engineer who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.

SUMMARY: Our team is looking for an energetic and dynamic Principal Flight Software Engineer who will primarily be responsible for the design and development of flight software for the Axiom Space Station. This position reports to Software Team Lead .  This role is onsite and will be based at our ASTC facility.

This position has multiple job openings (and may be filled at multiple levels).


  • Work with a team to design, develop, and test embedded flight software
  • Provide software technical leadership across multiple domain areas
  • Design and build functional, efficient, dependable, secure, and maintainable software
  • Collaborate with hardware and software engineers on board-level firmware
  • Give and receive productive feedback during collaboration and in design and code reviews
  • Execute test plans and procedures in Hardware-in-the-Loop testbeds and support test automation platforms to facilitate CI/CD initiatives
  • Collaborate effectively with avionics engineers to integrate hardware simulation and fault injection solutions into real-time software
  • Support completion of milestone reviews such as PDR, CDR, and SDR
  • Provide mentoring to junior software engineers
  • Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or related field
  • 15+ years of experience using C++ in an embedded Linux environment
  • 10+ years of experience in developing software for spaceflight or other safety critical systems
  • 10+ years of experience leading software development from concept thru delivery
  • Familiarity with microcontroller programming in C
  • Experience with Bitbucket or Gitlab and Jenkins software tools, and Agile software development processes
  • Familiar with containerization supporting Continuous Development/Continuous Integration pipelines on Linux Systems

Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.


  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Competencies : To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Principal Flight Software Engineer
Webster, Texas, United States
About Axiom Space
Building the world's first commercial space station.