Relativity Space
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Senior Software Engineer, MAVS

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Employer Provided Salary: 165,000-211,000 Annually
Salary data is provided by the employer. Please note this is not a guarantee of compensation.

This role is expected to be on-site 4x a week in Long Beach, CA.


Company Overview:  


At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.


Relativity is seeking a highly motivated Senior Software engineer to join the Mission Assurance and Vehicle Simulation Software team.  You will work with top talent from diverse industries and leading companies such as SpaceX, Google, Amazon to name a few. You’ll play a key role in designing and building systems to configure and test our Terran-R rocket supporting our stakeholders including Avionics, Guidance Navigation and Control, Propulsion, Test and Launch Operations. MAVS team is at the forefront of driving Relativity Space towards our mission of a multiplanetary future, from changing how we manufacture rockets to how we fly them.

What you’ll do: 

You will drive design and development of our team’s software consisting of:

  • Hardware-in-the-loop test software infrastructure
  • Hardware-out-of-the-loop (Software-in-the-loop) test software infrastructure
  • Vehicle proxy
  • Vehicle configuration
  • Vehicle software deployment


In your role you will:


  • Define and refine software requirements with stakeholders and partner teams
  • Write Concept of Operations and Software Design Documents
  • Advocate best practices for unit and system integration tests in CI/CD
  • Maximize the team's velocity by improving development processes, promoting best practices, integrating modern tools and technologies, and mentoring engineers
  • Support stakeholder teams to adopt tools and systems to verify vehicle configuration and ensure reliable deployments of vehicle systems
  • Scale our systems and processes to rapidly iterate development of the Terran-R rocket and enable successful launches

What you need to know:  

  • Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience in software development
  • Expert knowledge in one of the following with some familiarity of others: modern C++, Rust, Python, Java
  • Familiarity with containerization and deployment technologies like Kubernetes and Docker
  • Experience with continuous integration and agile development
  • Proficiency in developing software for Linux or Unix Oss
  • Passion to promote best development and testing practices
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with cloud services on platforms such as AWS, GCP or Azure
  • Customer focus to improve your customers experiences
  • Track record of architecting extensible systems to meet team objectives

Nice to haves but not required:  

  • Experience developing RESTful frameworks
  • Experience with front end framework like React, Angular or Vue
  • Experience working with simulated and emulated hardware

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more! 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role.  Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.
Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:

Hiring Range:

$165,000$211,000 USD


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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Relativity Space Benefits Overview

We are committed to our team member's health, well-being, and growth!

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Fertility benefits
We partner with Carrot Fertility
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Free snacks and drinks
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some meals provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employees receive a $500 learning stipend per calendar year. This stipend provides our employees with the opportunity to develop their professional skills. They may use this stipend to attend seminars, conferences, educational courses, webinars, or receive coaching.

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