Virgin Galactic

Group Lead, Avionics Systems

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Engineering
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location
Additional Locations

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (SPCE:NYSE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology. From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than divides us.


“We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.”  Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic


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Your Mission

Virgin Galactic is seeking a talented and motivated Group Lead for the Avionics Systems Integration team. The Group Lead is an entry-level manager who will lead and manage an engineering team of 4-10 avionics engineers. The scope of the avionics engineering team includes: flight avionics hardware; signal conditioning; data acquisition; actuator control; RF communication; wire harnesses; vehicle guidance, navigation, control; fault tolerance; ground-support electronics hardware and software; and integrated vehicle health monitoring. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience working with electronic systems in the aerospace or related fields and will have some experience leading a team. We are looking for a generalist who will contribute to several roles in a fast-paced environment.



  • Design, Integration, and testing of avionics and spacecraft electrical systems
  • Evaluate and select COTS avionics subsystems
  • Create spacecraft wiring schematics
  • Develop vehicle, system, and component requirements for design, procurement, and test
  • Work with VG hardware engineers and subcontractors to define requirements and interfaces for custom avionics hardware
  • Plan, execute, and report on vehicle ground and flight testing
  • Troubleshoot vehicle systems using schematics, multi-meters, oscilloscopes, bus analyzers, etc.

What you bring

Educational Requirements:

Must have a B.Sc. Engineering degree from an accredited university



  • Experience with digital communication protocols such as RS232, RS422, RS485, Ethernet, MIL-STD-1553, CAN
  • Hands-on electrical and/or avionics experience with aerospace or related systems
  • Strong understanding of electrical engineering fundamentals
  • Printed circuit board design experience is a plus
  • Experience with analog and digital circuit design is a plus
  • Experience with PCB design, FPGA, microcontrollers, and real-time systems is a plus


Professional Requirements:

  • 2 or more years of relevant integration or testing experience in aerospace or similar field
  • Experience with embedded system hardware and software
  • Strong troubleshooting, organizational, and written communication skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. persons as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)


ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.



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