Electrical Design Engineer

Scout is building a new way to see and operate in space: with a new paradigm of data empowering every satellite to make space safer. We are a rapidly growing team; we are deploying real solutions to orbit; and our work will transform the face of spaceflight. We are looking for people that bring excitement and energy to our organization, are curious and eager to learn, and want to help drive our programs forward.

As an Electrical Design Engineer, you will play a crucial role in the design, development, manufacturing, assembly, integration, test, and operations of our advanced electro-optical payloads for space missions. Your expertise will be essential in ensuring the successful integration and performance of electrical components within our space systems. This position is dependent on a contract award.


  • Develop payload electronics architecture
  • Design PCBs for power and signal distribution within a space environment
  • Manage fabrication, assembly, and bill of materials for manufacturing
  • Perform thermal and radiation analysis of board-level components
  • Implement low-level board integration and test plans
  • Generate documentation to support manufacturing, assembly, integration, and test

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be eligible to hold a clearance.
  • Experience designing boards that have flown in space
  • Strong knowledge of techniques for avoiding and mitigating single event upsets and latchups
  • Understanding of power and thermal constraints within hosted payloads
  • Previous environmental test plan development and implementation
  • Familiarity with embedded programming, including driver and FPGA development
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to articulate complex concepts and technical information clearly and concisely.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background in camera systems and optical testing
  • Strong understanding of radiation environment for several orbits
  • Embedded programming expertise
  • Experience designing and programming motion control systems

Don't fulfill all the qualifications listed above? If you still feel like you might be a good fit, please feel free to APPLY ANYWAY. We believe in a well-rounded team, and this sometimes means that someone with out-of-context knowledge can contribute just as well as someone with very explicit alignment with our capabilities needs stated.

Our positions are based in the Reston, Virginia area, with much of our team operating in a hybrid or remote fashion. Our preference is for candidates in or around this area (or willing to relocate) as we scale our facilities and engineering team and provide more opportunities to work and collaborate in-person. Remote employees will be required to travel for onsite work and in-person meetings.

Scout Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, a protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

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