Virgin Galactic

Group Lead, Avionics Test

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

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 Test team. The Group Lead is an entry-level manager who will lead and manage an engineering team of 4-10 avionics test 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 3 years of experience with hardware-in-the-loop testing 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.



  • Manage a team of Avionics test engineers
  • Oversee the development of Avionics test equipment
  • Review and approve test bench designs, including electrical schematics and software
  • Review and approve test plans and test reports
  • Coordinate and report on testing efforts across engineering disciplines
  • Mentor more junior avionics test engineers
  • Troubleshoot test setups using schematics, multi-meters, oscilloscopes, etc.
  • Triage test failures

What you bring

Educational Requirements:

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




  • Experience with HWIL testing of embedded systems
  • Experience designing test benches
  • Experience troubleshooting test equipment
  • Experience with LabVIEW and/or Python


Professional Requirements:

  • 3 or more years of relevant 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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