Software Engineer (Combustion Modeling)
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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The Company

SpaceX is a US based space technology company founded by its residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk, the former co-founder of PayPal. The company's goal is to renew a sense of excellence in the space industry by disrupting the current paradigm of complacency and replacing it with innovation and commercialized price points; laying the foundation for a truly space-faring human civilization.

SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up; including electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engines. In-house development includes nearly all flight critical custom components amounting to approximately 85% of our vehicles both by mass and by value. Our development and production efforts represent some of the most dynamic and challenging technology opportunities seen by any organization.

Our success is driven by a wide variety of engineering perspectives and openness to all great ideas. We pride ourselves on being a meritocracy where employees are defined by their capabilities and contributions, instead of title or tenure. We are actively seeking the best and brightest minds from all industries to continue to build our world class team.

Our employees thrive in a fast-paced engineering ecosystem focused on innovation and high levels of personal responsibility. At SpaceX we cut through the noise and believe in the essentials of hardcore engineering.

We build it, test it, and fly it.

The Department

Propulsion (Engines) – Our Propulsion group brings together some of the brightest minds in the engine business. We currently build more rocket engines than any other organization in the country, furthermore the design and performance parameters of SpaceX engines are notably recognized throughout the industry. Our team built the first human-rated engines to see spaceflight since the Space Shuttle's Main Engines were built over 30 years ago.

The Job

Software Engineer (Combustion Modeling)


This job is for a diehard developer who wants to enable stunning calculations and visualizations with bleeding-edge hardware and algorithms

The candidate will work with Propulsion Engineers to develop advanced simulation tools used for engine design

Extend and improve interoperability among existing tools

Design and perform validation tests of simulations against experimental data

Seek out, evaluate, and implement state-of-the-art algorithms on multi-core and GPU hardware


BS or MS in Computer Science or related field of study

Excellent C++ skills ( > 2 years of applied experience)

Expert-level knowledge of developing distributed/networked applications (threading, MPI, CUDA)

Strong skills with debuggers, profilers, and unit testing

Experience working in a team on at least one large ( >100,000 lines) software project

Preferred skills

A background in scientific computing, high-performance computing, or mathematics is a big plus

Basic understanding of fluid mechanics

Interest in/competence with multiple languages and technologies (Java, C#, Scala, SQL)

Cross-platform development and related tools (Visual Studio, GNU Make)

Experience in one or more 3D rendering APIs (e.g. OpenGL or Direct3D), or libraries (VTK, VisIt, ParaView)

Familiar with Agile software development techniques, particularly Test-Driven Development, and Continuous Integration

SpaceX offers one of the best environments in the world for employees to learn, build real working systems and tackle exciting challenges every day. We operate in a fun, casual work environment and have great benefits including: competitive salary, stock options, medical/dental insurance and free gym memberships. By joining the SpaceX team, you are not just a part of history, you are making it.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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.

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 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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