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Backend Software Engineer

Loft Orbital

Loft Orbital

Software Engineering
Golden, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024
About Loft
Loft Federal is dedicated to providing the US national security space community with a rapid, affordable, and simplified pathway to orbit. We are a US-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of Loft Orbital Solutions, Inc.
At Loft, we empower our team members with autonomy and ownership to tackle significant challenges, all while fostering a close-knit and supportive team environment. We believe that diversity, community, and inclusivity are the cornerstones of an open culture. We place significant value on kind, supportive, and team-oriented comrades with phenomenal problem-solving and communication skills.
Are you ready to embark on this exciting journey with us?
As a Backend Software Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in configuring and tailoring Cockpit, our cutting-edge satellite operations software, for our DoD customers. Additionally, you'll be instrumental in crafting micro-services that facilitate the seamless command and control of our sophisticated space infrastructure. Collaboration will be key, as you'll regularly engage with our ground software, flight software, and other interdisciplinary teams.
This is an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in groundbreaking technology, contributing to the development of modern, automated space infrastructure where software takes center stage. Beyond shaping our future systems, you'll also address real-time challenges on live missions, actively troubleshooting and resolving issues as they arise. Moreover, we offer specialized SatDevOps training, empowering you to actually operate our spacecraft.
Our Technology Stack:
Python, Django, GraphQL, Kubernetes, Cue, C++

Mission Objectives

  • Configure and customize Cockpit, Loft's satellite operations software, to meet the unique requirements of DoD missions.
  • Design tools for operations, autopilot, and activities, ensuring seamless functionality.
  • Facilitate command and telemetry transmission.
  • Engage in code development, focusing on the enhancement of our services.
  • Collaborate closely with FSW/ESW/AIT teams for seamless integration.
  • Provide internal support for the utilization of ground software (Cockpit).
  • Participate actively in spacecraft operations, ensuring collective involvement and success.

Mission Mandates

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance is required. Because this position requires a government security clearance, you must be a US Citizen for consideration.
  • Additionally, an active DoD Secret clearance is required, with the capability to obtain Top Secret clearance. Active Top Secret clearance, particularly with recent experience within the last 2 years, or active involvement in Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) programs, is strongly desired.
  • Proficiency in Python and Docker.
  • Experience with web development backend frameworks and API design.

Mission Credentials

  • Preference will be given to candidates with 1) a DoD or Intelligence Community Top Secret background investigation with at least 3 years of eligibility remaining or CE status; and SCI eligibility with current experience in SCI programs, other control systems, and/or Special Access Programs, or 2) a current in-scope DoD SECRET background investigation with at least 3 years of eligibility remaining, or Continuous Evaluation (CE) status, along with willingness and ability to obtain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Familiarity with Django, GraphQL, database interactions, Kubernetes, and Influx/Timescale DB.
  • Experience with space to ground communication paradigms
Per Colorado law, we are required to disclose the base compensation range for this role. This range is intentionally wide as we assess individuals based on their unique abilities and experience to find the best fit for our needs. Ultimately, your compensation will be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.
In addition to a competitive salary and benefits package, you will find a truly remarkable culture guided by transparency and collaboration and work that is challenging and meaningful. We can't wait to meet you and see what you may add to our team!
Salary Range
$115,000$180,000 USD


Posting Statement

Loft Federal is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, disability, or pregnancy.

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